Expanding the Vision for Social Emotional Learning: National University System and Sanford Programs Present at Thought Leader Summit ASU + GSV

Dr. Judy Mantle, Dean of the Sanford College of Education joins leaders in PreK-6 education to showcase innovative advancements in social emotional learning; National University System’s Sanford Harmony program is the nation’s fastest-growing social emotional learning program

April 3, 2019 – San Diego, CA – Education experts representing the National University System (NUS), a network of nonprofit education institutions serving over 45,000 PreK to doctoral-level students nationwide, will be presenting April 8-10 at the 10th annual ASU+GSV Summit, a San Diego gathering of global leaders in education and innovation. NUS leadership, including the Dean of National University’s Sanford College of Education Dr. Judy Mantle, and invited researchers and educators will share insight on innovative initiatives in social emotional learning (SEL) that are transforming society.

NUS is scaling national and global partnerships to advance the Sanford Harmony SEL program, a PreK-6 social emotional learning program that teaches mutual respect through activities focused on communication and collaboration. Dr. Steven Ross, professor and evaluation director of Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform in Education will share results of their evaluation of Sanford Harmony’s ease of implementation at the following panel: Demonstrating Social-Emotional Learning in Grades PreK-6 Pupils and Concurrently for Their Teachers Through Impactful University-School Showcase Partnerships, on April 10th at 11 a.m. in Gaslamp C Room, 2nd Floor Seaport Tower.

Panels specific to social emotional learning and Sanford Harmony program include:

  • Trauma Resilient Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs: A Vision for Transformational Learning
  • Finding a Network of Opportunity in LA Unified
  • A Community Based Approach to Trauma and SEL
  • Demonstrating Social-Emotional Learning in Grades PreK-6 Pupils and Concurrently for Their Teachers Through Impactful University-School Showcase Partnerships
  • Expanding the Vision for SEL: Driving Toward Action Around Research, Policy, and Practice.
  • Healthy Kids Learn Better: Why Social Emotional Learning is Foundational to Children’s Health

Speaking about the integration of Sanford Harmony in school and after-school programs, will be Dr. Judy Mantle, who oversees the support of Sanford Harmony by National University’s Sanford College of Education. The college was named in honor of Mr. Sanford and is now the 10th largest education school in the country, preparing more teachers than any other university in the state of California, based on numbers of credentials recommended.

Featured guest speakers at panels hosted by Sanford Harmony and the National University System include:  Dr. Marc Brackett, Founding Director of the YALE Center for Emotional Intelligence, YALE/RULER; Dr. Heather J. Clawson, Chief Program and Innovation Officer, Communities in Schools National Office; Dr. Frances Gipson, Chief Academic Officer at Los Angeles Unified School District; Eric Gurna, President and CEO of LA’s BEST Afterschool Enrichment Program; Kathy Higgins, CEO of Alliance for a Healthier Generation; John Gomperts, President and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance; and David Adams, Director of SEL, The Urban Assembly.

These panels on social emotional learning are part of the broader participation of NUS leadership at ASU+GSV. Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, Chancellor of the National University System, will be a featured presenter on a panel titled Bending the Arc of Human Potential Through Radical Scaled Online Learning Models where he will highlight NUS initiatives that are being expanded nationally, like Sanford Harmony, as part of a wide-ranging commitment to better society.

The research-based Sanford Harmony program, which is available at no cost to schools and organizations, has been recognized as a quality SELect program by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Sanford Harmony, which was inspired by philanthropist T. Denny Sanford is currently reaching more than 6.5 million students in some of the nation’s largest school districts including Los Angeles, New York and San Diego.

The ASU + GSV Summit started in 2010 as a collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU) and Global Silicon Valley (GSV). It is now the industry catalyst for elevating dialog and driving action around raising learning and career outcomes through scaled innovation.

An overview of featured panel topics, speakers and timeframes offered by National University System at ASU+GSV is available at this agenda.

About National University System/Sanford Programs

Established in 2001 to meet the emerging challenges and demands of education in the 21st Century, the National University System is a network of accredited nonprofit education institutions serving higher education and K-12 students that includes National University, Northcentral University, John F. Kennedy University, City University of Seattle, and the Division of Pre-College Programs. The Sanford Education Center at National University System’s San Diego headquarters was established in 2014 through the generous support of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford to provide innovative programs in the nonprofit and PreK-12 sectors. The Center, in coordination with universities around the country, is leading the national expansion of three initiatives: Sanford Harmony, Sanford Inspire and the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy. Learn more at National University System and Sanford Programs.