The Sanford Harmony Program is a research-based project designed to help improve how boys and girls think about and treat each other. The idea is that by facilitating harmonious relationships between boys and girls at a young age, the learning environment will improve and set the stage for positive relationships throughout a lifetime.
The program was developed by Arizona State University researchers and is now being introduced in South Dakota by USD and SDSU as a part of the new Sanford Education Collaborative. The $30 million national initiative is led by National University and also includes Long Island University, New York; Nova Southeastern University, Florida; City University of Seattle; University of Maine; Touro College, New York; and University of Central Florida.
Nicholas Shudak, chair of the division of curriculum and instruction at USD, and Jill Thorngren, dean of SDSU’s College of education and human sciences, joined Dakota Midday and discussed their participation in the Sanford Education Collaborative.