News & Events

Find out what’s happening in the world of education. Read the latest news and announcements about education and the Sanford Education Center. Also, check back in for upcoming event and conference information.


Denny Sanford Donates 100 Million to Promote Harmony

June 5, 2018

Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford Donates $100 Million to the National University System to Promote and Advance the Sanford Harmony Social Emotional Learning Program Worldwide Donation represents an unprecedented recognition of social emotional learning and its capacity to address underlying issues contributing to bullying, school violence and poor gender relations; Goal is for every school child […]

Sanford Harmony Program Achieves National SELect Designation from CASEL for it’s Quality Social Emotional Learning Program

February 5, 2018

The Collaborative to Advance Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the nation’s top evaluator of SEL evidence-based programs; Sanford Harmony is reaching more than 1 million students through a university network led by the private, nonprofit National University System LA JOLLA, Calif. –  The Sanford Harmony program, which is reaching more than 1 million PreK-6 […]

Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford Donates $28 Million to the National University System in Support of Sanford Education Programs

June 5, 2017

The largest donation in the System’s history recognizes the successful national expansion of programs that address critical needs in teacher education, PreK-12 instruction and nonprofit fundraising, which have been introduced to more than 500,000 children and adults

Sanford Harmony at National University Announces Launch of Social Emotional Learning App for Teachers and Students

April 11, 2017

App offers proven social emotional learning (SEL) tools and strategies for teachers to integrate into the classroom; Sanford SEL app expands access to the Sanford Harmony program that has been adopted by schools nationwide

Best Buddies International Announces Partnership with Sanford Harmony at National University to Incorporate Social Emotional Learning Program

December 20, 2016

Partnership expands access to innovative social emotional learning program, which is based on the vision of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities

The Nation’s Fifth Largest School District Adopting Sanford Harmony Program to Strengthen Student Development and Success

December 8, 2016

The social emotional learning program is being introduced nationally by National University and is now in more than 20 states, including Pre-K through fifth-grade classrooms in Clark County School District The Sanford Harmony program, a research-based social emotional learning program, has reached a significant milestone with district-wide implementation taking place in PreK-5 throughout Nevada’s Clark […]

Magnet Schools of America Announces Collaboration with National University to Expand Sanford Harmony

June 30, 2016

Innovative social emotional learning program for PreK-6 grades to be introduced to magnet schools across the country Magnet Schools of America is collaborating with National University to expand a nationwide initiative to introduce schools to Sanford Harmony, an innovative social emotional learning program that helps reinforce positive peer interactions among children. Already being rolled out to […]

LA’s BEST After School Program Partners with National University’s Sanford Harmony to Support Student Success

May 23, 2016

Sanford Harmony, an innovative PreK-6 social emotional learning program, to be introduced to after school programs throughout the City of Los Angeles Sanford Harmony, an innovative social-emotional learning program that reinforces positive peer interactions among children, will soon expand to Los Angeles after school programs run by LA’s BEST, an organization that provides safe and […]

Renowned Philanthropist Conrad Prebys and Lakeside Superintendent Dr. David Lorden Honored by Sanford Education Center

October 2, 2015

Mr. Prebys named “Humanitarian of the Year” and Dr. Lorden named “Educator of the Year” at 1st year anniversary of the Sanford Education Center at National University

Nine Major Universities Join Forces to Roll Out $30 Million Sanford Education Programs

June 2, 2015

Expansion of research-based Sanford Harmony™ and Sanford Inspire™ Pre-K-12 programs to more than 2,000 schools across the nation strengthens positive peer relations in early grades and the development of inspiring teachers

Gift of $20 Million for Sanford Education Programs is Matched by $10 Million by National University

May 26, 2015

Anonymous gift is largest in University’s history and supports national rollout of programs that support PreK-12 student learning and development

Lakeside Union School District to Adopt Sanford Harmony Program

December 2, 2014

Program promotes positive student interactions at primary grade levels, and has been found to increase school engagement

Grand Opening of Sanford Education Center at National University Marks National Expansion of Programs Benefitting Nonprofit and Education Sectors

September 18, 2014

Sept. 18 event highlights collaboration with Long Island University to expand Sanford Harmony Program; Sanford Institute of Philanthropy Symposium Scheduled for Nov. 19

Dr. Allyson Handley, President of University of Maine at Augusta, Appointed Executive Director of National University’s Sanford Education Center

August 14, 2014

Established with an initial donation from philanthropist Thomas Denny Sanford, the Center will house three programs dedicated to nonprofit and education sectors

National University President Talks About Sanford Education Center

August 8, 2014

National University President Michael R. Cunningham spoke with San Diego 6/CW recently about the Sanford Education Center, which will formally launch in September with programs that provide essential training and support to members of the nonprofit and education sector.

President Michael R. Cunningham appears on KUSI evening news

August 4, 2014

National University President Michael R. Cunningham was a featured guest on the KUSI evening news July 31, 2014

National University’s Sanford Education Center Receives Anonymous $9.22 Million Gift

July 30, 2014

Generous gift is largest in university’s history

National University Honors Burnham and Sanford at Commencement Ceremonies

July 1, 2014

National University honored philanthropists Malin Burnham and Denny Sanford with honorary doctorate degrees during Commencement activities on June 11.

National University Honors Philanthropists Malin Burnham and Thomas Denny Sanford With Honorary Degrees

June 6, 2014

National University, California’s second-largest private, nonprofit university, announced today that renowned philanthropists Malin Burnham and Thomas Denny Sanford will be granted honorary doctorate degrees during Commencement activities on June 11.

T. Denny Sanford Makes Gift to National University to Create the Sanford Education Center

January 8, 2014

National University, California’s second-largest private, nonprofit university, announced today that renowned philanthropist and businessman T. Denny Sanford has provided an inaugural gift for the creation of the Sanford Education Center scheduled to open in San Diego in the fall of 2014. The Sanford Education Center will be the home of the Cause Leadership Institute for […]


American School Counselors Annual Conference

February 4, 2018

July 14-16, 2018