NUS @ ASUGSVSummit: Healthy Kids Learn Better

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The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Kathy Higgins and Elizabeth Cook shared how social emotional learning is foundational to children’s health in a presentation entitled “Healthy Kids Learn Better: Why Social Emotional Learning is Foundational to Children’s Health” at the 2019 ASU GSV Summit. During their session, they emphasized the importance of a child’s physical, mental and social emotional health, explaining that is vital to their academic success.

Healthier Generation and the National University System, which offers the nation’s fastest-growing PreK-6 social emotional learning (SEL) program, Sanford Harmony, have teamed up to build nationwide awareness of social emotional learning’s positive effects on a child’s overall health and academic success. This three-year partnership exemplifies a commitment to the children of this nation and includes the promotion of Sanford Harmony to Healthier Generation’s extensive network of more than 42,000 schools and 3,500 youth-serving organizations and providing much-needed support to teachers and schools.

Based in San Diego, the National University System has been taking a leading role in expanding access to social emotional learning through its Sanford Harmony program, which stems from the vision of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, who last year expanded his financial support of the program through a $100 million donation. Sanford Harmony has reached more than 6.5 million youth nationwide through activities and lessons that emphasize communication, collaboration and respecting differences. The program’s unique approaches complement Healthier Generation’s focus on meeting the health needs of the whole child.

The private, nonprofit National University System—which is a network of affiliate universities and pre-college programs—partners with organizations interested in integrating Sanford Harmony into their youth-focused programs. Social emotional learning approaches, as demonstrated through the Sanford Harmony program, are becoming increasingly recognized as an essential part of youth academic and personal development, as outlined by a recent national report released by the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development on “From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope.” Learn more how to advance these goals by partnering with Sanford Harmony.

About Sanford Harmony

Based out of the National University System, the Sanford Harmony social emotional learning program is being offered at no cost to schools and youth-focused nonprofit organizations, thanks to the generosity of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford in conjunction with the San Diego-based National University System (NUS). NUS is a network of accredited nonprofit education institutions that includes National University, Northcentral University, John F. Kennedy University, City University of Seattle, and the Division of Pre-College Programs. National University is home to one of the Top Ten largest schools of education in the country, the Sanford College of Education. Nationwide, Sanford Harmony is being expanded to the nation’s largest school districts. For more information, please visit our website.