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Social Emotional Learning

A new science of learning shows developing social-emotional skills leads to higher academic and other outcomes for students. 

In response to this research, there have been many evidence-based practices and programs put to use across the country. The most effective of those programs has been developed at National University — Harmony (curriculum) and Inspire (educator professional teaching, learning and caring, development).  

We’ve partnered with the United Way of the Midlands and National University to develop a cross-sector social emotional learning model and initiative as part of a whole child education strategy.   

Expectations of Local Leaders 

  1. Dedicate district staff to serve as a liaison between the district and the ALL4SC team. The liaison will coordinate with the team to facilitate data collection and implementation of Sanford Harmony curricula and professional development.
  2. Agree to use a common screening tool and will allow UofSC faculty to administer the screening.
  3. Support educator participation in professional learning to provide consistency across all faculty and out of school providers.


Going forward, we will develop a larger scale-up and sustainability strategy within the UofSC, aligned with the SEL priorities of the SC Department of Education and in collaboration with SEL4SC. Our ALL4SC efforts also include establishing innovations in teacher education and cross-sector professional learning for SEL and integrating SEL practices in a whole child model of teaching and learning. In addition, we will work in partnership with the Learning Policy Institute, to develop a whole child education policy system in states across the nation.

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