In celebration of Junior Achievement USA's (JA) 100-year anniversary of teaching youth career readiness and life skills, National University System (NUS), a network of accredited, nonprofit universities serving over 45,000 working adults nationwide, is offering exclusive tuition rates and scholarship opportunities to JA associates and qualified JA volunteers and educators. The partnership reflects the shared commitment of both organizations to provide relevant education and career development programs that prepare current and future professionals with competencies and skills to succeed in an ever-changing economy.
The National University System (NUS), which offers the nation's fastest-growing PreK-6 social and emotional learning (SEL) program—Sanford Harmony—today announced a new partnership with Generations for Peace, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to building sustainable, peaceful communities through children's programs and the mentorship of youth leaders. The partnership will support the work being done by Generations for Peace, which is recognized globally as one of the top three peace-building NGOs in the world. Generations for Peace and National University System will together support the grass-roots efforts of volunteer youth mentors to implement sustained activities that enhance positive social connections among children in the Middle East and Africa, starting in Jordan and Ghana.
City University of Seattle (CityU), announced a new scholarship offering to help alleviate the state's critical issue in Teacher Shortage Areas (TSA). CityU is among the top producers of teachers in the state of Washington, and the Sanford Teacher Scholarship at City University can cover as much as 50 percent of a program's cost.
Starting in San Diego, National University's Sanford College of Education is collaborating with Gompers Preparatory Academy, San Diego Unified School District, and the San Diego Community College District to strengthen educator degree pathways; Funding provided by Stephen Cushman of the Cushman Foundation and Peter Ellsworth of the Legler Benbough Foundation
Studies show the benefits of social emotional learning (SEL) in PreK-6, including positive classroom behavior and individual student success, are beginning to drive a more widespread integration of this holistic approach to teaching into schools' curriculum.
Education nonprofits attending ASU GSV had the chance to learn more about how to extend their community impact using the unique Cause Selling approach, which was envisioned by philanthropist T. Denny Sanford and is being expanded by the nonprofit National University System.
Addressing college affordability is increasingly an imperative among higher education institutions, particularly with economists raising concerns that $1.5 trillion in student loan debt pile could have economic impacts. At the same time, more employers are putting a premium on advanced degrees and lifelong learning through workforce development.
According to a report released earlier this year by the Aspen Institute's National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, more than 80 percent of teachers believe that social emotional skills are beneficial to students and concurrently want more support to implement these approaches to learning.
Radical change in higher education is happening right now in the nonprofit university sector where new initiatives and partnerships are driving the creation of scalable online learning models. Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, Chancellor of the San Diego-based National University System, joined other educator panelists at the ASU GSV conference to share insight into how National University System acquisitions, partnerships and edtech platforms are transforming higher education.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Kathy Cook and Elizabeth Higgins 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.