TLC partnered with National University to provide Sanford Harmony in our school. The goal of the program is to incorporate specialized teaching strategies into classroom activities—from preschool through sixth grade—in an effort to reduce bullying, and help develop the youth of today into tolerant, compassionate, and caring adults for the future.
Sanford Harmony is a social emotional curriculum that promotes positive interactions and experiences with diverse peers by breaking down the barriers to friendship and teaching important relationship skills. Harmony strategies, lessons and activities incorporate cognitive, affective, and behavioral competencies: self-awareness, self-management social awareness, relationships skills, and responsible decision making. There are five focus themes for relationship building, lessons and activities which include: diversity and inclusion, empathy and critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and peer relationships.
Sanford Harmony was developed and researched at the School of Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. Researchers identified that beginning in early childhood students can develop misconceptions about one another and often do not learn ow to communicate effectively. Practical strategies were researched and designed to promote communication and connection in the classroom.
Supported by Research:
Harmony was first introduced in schools in 2008. Initial research indicates positive results in student confidence, school enjoyment, academic achievement, and empathy while decreasing conflict, stereotyping, and aggressive behavior.