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USD School of Education Completes Second Year in Sanford Harmony Program

VERMILLION, S.D. – As part of the nationwide Sanford Education Collaborative, the University of South Dakota School of Education is completing its second year of training, outreach and local research in relation to the Sanford Harmony program.

The Sanford Education Collaborative is an initiative led by National University through a network of universities committed to expanding a nationwide movement to create a new paradigm for PK-12 teaching excellence and student achievement. The Collaborative is dedicated to the national advancement and ongoing research of the Sanford Education Programs, which are based on the vision of T. Denny Sanford.

USD is active with Sanford Harmony, which strengthens positive peer relations and interactions among PK-6 children in schools. As part of the Sanford Education Collaborative, USD is currently working in 230 classrooms, 95 schools, 65 different districts and with a total of 3400 students.

Local level research indicates that when early childhood and preschool-aged children experience Sanford Harmony programming in their classroom, they show significant improvement in social skills throughout the year. In particular, they show the largest gains in the social skill subtypes of assertion, self-control and engagement.

Please contact Nicholas Shudak or Marcy Drew for more information.


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, kinesiology and sport management, and teacher residency and education.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News