Sanford Harmony, a research-based PreK-6 social emotional learning (SEL) program, has partnered with the New York City Department of Education to expand universal access to the program's nationally recognized SEL tools and resources to all NYC elementary schools. The partnership with Sanford Harmony builds on the program's successful implementation over the past four years with NYC schools and organizations, and it reinforces NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio's focus on both supporting expansion of social emotional learning skills and advancing restorative justice practices into NYC elementary, middle and high schools to support safer learning climates and academic success. Mayor de Blasio highlighted the city's collaboration with Sanford Harmony during a press conference today at PS 705, Brooklyn Arts and Science Elementary School.
Each year, the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) hosts a district-wide speech competition aimed at fine-tuning their students' public speaking skills and giving them the opportunity to share their personal life experiences in a public forum — and for the past two years, that public forum has been the TEDxKidsChulaVista stage. This year, more than 12,000 students entered speeches surrounding the theme of "harmony," which was derived from National University System's Sanford Harmony program, a social emotional learning (SEL) program based on the vision of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford. Nine finalists representing grades 4-11 were chosen to present their speeches on the TEDxKidsChulaVista stage Saturday, May 25, at Southwestern College.
Sanford Institute of Philanthropy, founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Denny Sanford in collaboration with nonprofit National University System, advances its mission to make training tools and resources more accessible to fundraising professionals through the second edition publication of its industry-leading book, Cause Selling the Sanford Way: A Guide to Relationship-Driven Fundraising. The new book marks one of several milestones leading to the Institute's fifth anniversary. Offered for the first time in hard copy and digital format, the text integrates proven business strategies with relationship-building principles to support both emerging and established fundraisers steward long-lasting donor relationships that increase charitable giving and their positive impact on society.
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.