Empathy is Foundational During Our Current Uncertainty

  By Allison Zmuda, Bena Kallick and Art Costa Empathy is a foundational part of healing from the political and social issues we are currently facing. Empathy can also be a response to a joyful experience. This newsletter focuses on the powerful experience people have experienced when they have been Read More …

How to Listen with Understanding and Empathy: Who Is the Spotlight Shining On?

  By Arthur L. Costa, Bena Kallick, and Allison Zmuda “To listen fully means to pay close attention to what is being said beneath the words. You listen not only for what someone knows, but for what he or she is. Generative listening is the art of developing deeper silences Read More …

How do we deal with race, pandemic, international conflict, and other contemporary issues?

  As we deal with contemporary issues such as race, global pandemic, international conflicts, displacement of people, and climate change, the need for redefining civility becomes all the more apparent and urgent. Civility must always be considered in the context of the moment. It is always a moving aspiration as Read More …

A Journey Toward a Culture of Civility

  By Art Costa and Robert Garmston Professors Emeriti, California State University, Sacramento How might we grow and protect a culture in which its members can take risks, learn from each other and continue to appreciate each other’s differences? Key is mutual respect, in which members reveal their convictions, successes, Read More …

Reflecting About the Internal Chatter: Thinking About Your Thinking

  The world right now feels exhausting and unpredictable. There are so many interrelated and complex issues that have incredibly high stakes in our day-to-day lives personally, locally, and globally. How we behave and connect with the world in light of this depends on our outlook and our thinking. If Read More …

Leading With Habits of Mind in Mind: Positive Thoughts During Unprecedented Times

  By Art Costa and Bena Kallick While we can all agree that the Habits of Mind pervade all subject areas and can be infused throughout most of all the activities in learning, we may never have thought of putting them to the test of being challenged during this COVID-19 Read More …