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National University Announces the National University Teacher of the Year, Awards Alejandro Diasgranados $50,000 and a Full-Ride Scholarship to National University

Alejandro Diasgranados of Aiton Elementary School in Washington, D.C. selected from more than 51 state winners as 2020 National University Teacher Award winner   Today, the National University Teacher Award (NUTA) announced that Alejandro Diasgranados, a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Aiton Elementary School in Washington, D.C., is the nation’s top inspiring teacher for 2020. Mr. Diasgranados was selected from more than 51 state winners and will receive a check for $50,000 and is eligible for a full scholarship for National University’s Master’s Degree Program …

Exciting Updates Are Coming to Harmony SEL

Get the inside scoop on new features and themes.   We have big news! Just like the learning communities we support, Harmony SEL continues to grow and develop. Driven by the latest research in SEL education and child development, we are updating Harmony with additional games and storybooks and an all-new unit structure. These units build on one another to create a comprehensive SEL program …

Harmony SEL And Johns Hopkins University Share SEL Best Practices

Harmony SEL And Johns Hopkins University Share SEL Best Practices Download the latest research-to-practice brief on the components of effective SEL.   Now more than ever, educators want strategies to support the social and emotional needs of their students. However, it is not always clear where to start, or which active ingredients are needed for effective SEL programs. Fortunately, research demonstrates what classroom teachers need to …

9 Educators We’re Celebrating for Women’s History Month

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 Learn more about the women who have influenced our team… March is Women’s History Month, and our teams at Harmony SEL and Inspire Teaching & Learning are celebrating women who have shaped the field of education and championed social and emotional learning. Get to know the people behind our programs and the women who inspire us to #ChoosetoChallenge!   Charlotte Danielson  …

Looking into the 2021 SEL Telescope

Edited by Nick Yoder, PhD Introduction  One of the pictorial metaphors I have appreciated the most in 2020 is the vision of multiple boats who are all in the same storm—with high waves and lightning—each attempting to reach the shore. However, the boats are different sizes, have different numbers of people and resources on board, and are made of different materials. So although each is …

Putting the Pieces Together to Form Harmonious Relationships

By Nick Yoder, PhD The creation, development, and refinement of Harmony SEL is driven by the need for young people to develop the skills and be in environments (in classrooms and other settings) that lead to harmonious social interactions (Hanish et al., 2017). The program and associated activities are predominately driven by Intergroup Contact Theory (Allport, 1954), which states that diverse groups of individuals will …