Sanford Harmony Overview Video

Sanford Harmony Overview Video

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– [Narrator] What if our country didn’t have to be so divided? If instead of fighting
over our differences, we celebrated what makes
each of us so unique. There’s a movement taking
place across the country called social emotional learning and it’s being taught in
classrooms and communities by Sanford Harmony at National University. – Harmony means a balance
of unity, empathy, and caring for others. – Through this curriculum, it allows students to think, not only about themselves
but to think much bigger. – We are just looking at the whole person when we are teaching and
learning social emotional. The emotions connected to
learning are inseparable. – The kind of impact I’ve
seen Sanford Harmony have for the school is, I’m seeing kids are coming up with
more constructive ways to solve their interpersonal problems. Instead of running to an adult, they’ll try to solve it
amongst themselves first using the skills that we’ve
been practicing in class. For example, a couple days ago someone was very short with someone else and then another student overheard it stepped in and said “Hey, you know what? “Can you say that in a different way?” And that that impressed me, I was, I was amazed and I was so proud of them. – Yes, it’s it’s important to be able to read, and write,
and do arithmetic. The three Rs are very important, right? But that is a function of doing. We don’t only wanna create human doers but wanna create human beings. And SEL allows us to teach our children to become human beings – This program specifically helps in not diverting from the problem but attacking it full force and equipping students with the resources. I’ve had a lot of parents during conferences, you know, mention to me “Oh, you know what, I
think it’s really great “that you’re spending this time.” We do a circle every morning where students get a chance to talk about their feelings and
parents have really responded positively about that. – Being able to work in teams, being able to manage stress, these are important skills
from now throughout life. (uplifting music) – We have this amazing
opportunity to spread this program and building social emotional learning competencies among youth because
of the philanthropic gift of T. Denny Sanford. – [Thomas] Social emotional learning is so very very important. To me, it’s equally as important as the academic end of education. – The Sanford Harmony program is actually a movement throughout the whole country and for that matter around the world. Not only are the programs
and the curricula free, but the actual teacher training, the professional development is free. And we’re bringing teachers,
we’re bringing parents, we’re bringing the
community into the classroom and the classroom into the community. – It’s always been about how do you adapt a curriculum that not only
kids find fun and engaging but also that they learn that it’s important for them to feel safe. – What our big hope is that
children have the tools that they need and
competencies that they need to solve tomorrow’s problems. – But my hope is that the
students will take these lessons, internalize them, remember them, and bring them on into the outside world as they grow up and build
better relationships with the people around them. – Listen to others. – Be kind. – Be fair. – Include everyone. – Respect others.

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