Sanford Harmony FAQs

How much does Sanford Harmony cost?

There is no cost to teachers, schools, districts, or participating universities. Harmony is primarily funded by philanthropist and donor T. Denny Sanford, with support from National University.

Does the entire school need to implement Sanford Harmony?

While it is advantageous to use Harmony strategies and activities school-wide, you may also wish to implement by grade levels first, and then roll out the program to other grades later.

I have a large class and my day is already full. How do I find the time to use Sanford Harmony in my classroom?

You can implement Harmony methods in as little as 5 to 15 minutes a day. Your Sanford Harmony Ambassador can help you develop strategies for integrating Harmony into your schedule and your current classroom curriculum.

Is Sanford Harmony an anti-bullying program?

Harmony is designed to build healthy relationships among students by having them engage in activities that promote understanding and respect. With these effective practices, bullying can ultimately be prevented.

The school year is halfway over—can I still start Sanford Harmony in my classroom?

Yes! An Ambassador can guide you through the best way to implement Harmony at any time during the school year.

Does Sanford Harmony training count towards my professional development credits?

Consult your school district for further information.

How do I ensure that our parents and families understand why we have chosen to implement Sanford Harmony?

Lesson plan books provide communication letters and tips to share Sanford Harmony goals with families of students. Parents have been thrilled that Harmony focuses on supportive and respectful relationships and helps to prevent teasing, bullying and disruptive classroom behavior.

How do teachers and staff become trained to implement Sanford Harmony?

There are several avenues to training. Some teachers get started using the Harmony “How-To” book, while others prefer the online video modules. In addition, many schools opt for face-to-face training with Harmony Ambassadors, who are also experienced educators.

How can we get started with Sanford Harmony right away?

Contact Sanford Harmony today. An Ambassador will provide the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to be signed by your administrator or district office. Then, simply indicate the number of kits you’ll need for each grade level and materials to be ordered.

Is Sanford Harmony appropriate for after-school programs?

Yes! Many schools and organizations have chosen Sanford Harmony for after-school programs, as it’s a fun and engaging way to build teamwork, friendships, and positive communication outside of the regular school day.

I would like to use Sanford Harmony with my special education students. What are your thoughts?

The Meet Up and Buddy Up strategies, lessons, and activities are wonderful for building inclusive classroom relationships, and can be adapted for use with all students.

My 6th grade students have no previous experience with Sanford Harmony. Is it too late to introduce Sanford Harmony to my classroom?

No. While the ideal situation would be to start at Pre-K or kindergarten, Harmony is designed so that students can quickly grasp the concepts and benefit from the lessons and activities at every grade level.

Do you use a specific online training tool? How do you use it?

Blackboard can be used as a professional development tool with modules to support teachers implementing Buddy Up and Meet Up. The tool allows Harmony Ambassadors to host live chats through Collaborate, share upcoming training and webinar information, establish work groups based on geography or grade levels, and include current research articles, conference updates, and mentors highlighted with their mentees.

Will Harmony strategies support our Head Start Classroom Performance Standards?

Harmony aligns with Head Start Performance Standards by fostering an environment of acceptance and inclusion that celebrates strengths and differences, and encourages self-control and respect for the feelings and rights of others through stories, play, discussions, and a variety of developmentally appropriate activities and lessons. Sanford Harmony has been implemented in many Head Start classrooms across the country. Please contact a Sanford Ambassador for more information.

We’re interested in introducing our youngest students to Restorative Practices. How does Harmony support this?

Teachers and administrators applaud Harmony as an excellent entry to restorative practices, as both share the common goal of supporting the safety, well-being, and success of all students by developing, building, and maintaining healthy relationships, promoting inclusion, fostering school connection, and building social-emotional competencies. Harmony activities and lessons are designed to promote trust, develop empathy, identify and regulate emotions, and demonstrate care and concern for others.

Does Harmony align with CASEL?

Yes, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) – the world’s leading organization for advancing social emotional learning – has recognized Sanford Harmony as a CASEL SELect program for excellence in supporting SEL in schools and districts nationwide.