About Us

Our Mission:

 To transform schools into learning communities where thinking and Habits of Mind are taught, practiced, valued and infused into the culture.

 Our Vision:

 To create a more thoughtful, cooperative, compassionate generation of people who skillfully work to resolve social, environmental, economic and political problems.

 The Habits of Mind are dispositions that empower creative and critical thinking.  Habits of Mind International has an outreach around the world.  We have a growing team of affiliates, each representing the power of the habits in classrooms, schools, and communities.  We have certified Habits of Mind Learning Communities of Excellence each committed to the Habits of Mind as central to a thoughtful learning environment.  Our Institute offers professional development through virtual media, workshops, consultations, and conferences.

 Founders and Co-Directors:

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HOM Founders, Bena Kallick and Art Costa

Bena Kallick is a private consultant providing services to school districts, state departments of education, professional organizations, and public agencies throughout the United States and internationally. Her areas of focus include group dynamics, creative and critical thinking, and alternative assessment strategies in the classroom. Kallick has taught at Yale University School of Organization and Management, University of Massachusetts Center for Creative and Critical Thinking, and Union Graduate School. She served on the board of Jobs for the Future.

Bena Kallick, Director, Institute for Habits of Mind can be reached at kallick.bena@gmail.com

Arthur L. Costa is professor emeritus of education at California State University, Sacramento, and co-founder of the Institute for Intelligent Behavior in El Dorado Hills, California. He has served as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, an assistant superintendent for instruction, and the director of educational programs for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He has devoted his career to improving education through more “thought-full” instruction and assessment.

 Art Costa can be reached at artcosta@aol.com

 What is Habits of Mind?

 Click below for information on the 16 Habits of Mind:

What is Habits of Mind?

16 Habits of Mind Chart

Declaration on Education for Life