The Lakeside Union School District became the first district in the nation to adopt the Sanford Harmony Program, which seeks to build healthy relationships between boys and girls to improve academic achievement in elementary school.
A memorandum of understanding to coordinate the effort was signed last week between National University, which administers the program, and the Lakeside district.
The Harmony Program was developed by Arizona State University researchers, and has been introduced to classrooms and schools there. National University is leading a national rollout of the program through the recently created Sanford Education Center, which was established through an initial donation from philanthropist Denny Sanford.
“We are very pleased to be signing this memorandum of understanding with National University and for Lakeside Union School District to be the first district in California to adopt this program,” said Lakeside Superintendent Dr. David Lorden.
“We believe the Sanford Harmony education program will have immediate benefit in our classrooms by creating an inspiring learning environment that sets the foundation for a more harmonious society while encouraging student achievement.”
Lakeside teachers will receive training and materials that support the program’s introduction to its schools. The program is being introduced in the district’s pre-school and transitional kindergarten schools.
Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California with 30,000 students and more than 140,000 alumni.
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