New School Year Marks Expansion of Sanford Harmony Program in One of the Country’s Largest School Districts

One of the country’s largest school districts, Los Angeles Unified School District, is expanding a research-based social emotional learning program, Sanford Harmony, this 2017-2018 school year following its initial introduction to the District’s early childhood centers. The Sanford Harmony program, which is offered through the private, nonprofit National University and National University System, promotes positive peer interactions and relationships among students through easily-integrated lesson plans and activities that emphasize communication, empathy, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving skills.

The social emotional learning program, based on the vision of entrepreneur and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, is in various stages of integration in schools around the country, representing more than half a million students. In L.A. Unified, the program started to be introduced among PreK students last school year with plans to expand to grades K-5 over the next few years.

“We are pleased to be collaborating in our efforts to provide our teachers and students with access to this research-based Social Emotional Learning program,” said Dr. Frances Gipson, Chief Academic Officer at L.A. Unified.

The rollout in L.A. Unified aligns with efforts locally and statewide to integrate social emotional learning approaches to support student development and achievement. Nationally, the federal education law, Every Student Succeeds Act, also places a greater emphasis on academic aligned concepts that address “whole child” issues.

“We are very excited to partner with L.A. Unified to provide teachers with access to the Sanford Harmony program as part of our nationwide effort to support student development and achievement,” said Dr. Michael…

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