Harmony SEL

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Program description

Harmony SEL, offered by National University, provides a lesson-based approach to SEL. It includes programming for grades PreK-6 and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness at grade 5. Translated materials for Harmony SEL are available in Spanish.

Strategies supporting educational equity

Harmony SEL offers strategies for working with bias. This includes facilitation during initial training (and additional training modules) focusing on helping adults recognize and explore personal biases and developing critical consciousness as an asset to work against bias.

      • SEL lessons
      • Instructional practices
      • Relationship building
      • SEL generalization
      • Shared agreements
      • Peer mentoring
      • Activities and Resources for Home
    • Onsite in-person training
    • Virtual training
    • Offsite training
    • Train the trainer model
    • Administrator support
    • Coaching
    • Technical assistance
    • Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
    • Online resource library
    • Self-report tools for monitoring implementation
    • Observational tools
    • Tools for measuring student success

Evidence of effectiveness

Results from a quasi-experimental evaluation conducted over the 2010-2012 school years (published in 2017) supported the effectiveness of Harmony SEL for elementary students. This evaluation included 627 students in grade 5 in a suburban school district, in a large metropolitan area in Southwest US (White = 56%, multiracial/other = 18%; median annual household income ranged from $90,000 to $99,000; 8% of students’ primary caregiver had a high school diploma or less). This evaluation found that students who participated in the program reported greater feelings of classroom identification and school liking, earned a higher overall grade point average (calculated by averaging report card grades on language, writing, math, science, and social studies), and engaged in fewer teacher-reported aggressive behaviors compared to students in the comparison group (outcomes reported were 26 weeks after baseline while controlling for outcome pretest).

  • Evidence shown in grades
    School characteristics
      • Suburban
      • Southwest
    Student characteristics
    • White
    • Multi-racial / other
    Percentage Low Income
    • Not Specified
    Study design type
    • QE
    Greater than 350 students included in study design type
    • Yes
    Multiple school districts included at study design type
    • Yes
    • Improved academic performance
    • Reduced emotional distress
    • Improved identity development and agency
    • Reduced problem behaviors
    • Improved school climate
    • Improved school connectedness
    • Improved social behaviors
    • Improved teaching practices
    • Improved other SEL skills and attitudes

How does Harmony SEL support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“Harmony supports SEL through implementation of the daily practices, as well as strategies that promote classroom and school-wide agreements, foster intentional relationships, and inclusive community. Lessons and activities include Home School Connections and Activities for families, while Harmony at Home, and the Harmony Game Room App support families.”
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