"Launching the Playbook"

A Professional Development Package

The Playbook

The Habits of Mind Playbook is written and compiled for schools and teachers who are adopting the Habits of Mind to build thinking, improve culture, and imbue students with Habits of Mind and strategies that lead to flourishing.

The lessons are drawn to bridge the theoretical understanding of the Habits of Mind to their practical teaching and learning and lend themselves to modifications and adaptations that work for your curriculum.

Written and compiled by Michelle Hughes, The Habits of Mind Playbook also includes lessons from Dan Vollrath, a veteran Habits of Mind practitioner, in this volume.

Meet the Institute Consultants

Michelle Hughes

Elementary, Middle, and High School

Michelle Hughes is founder of LARC, which provides insights into the Habits of Mind, tools, and vision they need to potentialize as learners. She has worked with a wide diversity of learners and teachers in a variety of settings, developing strategies to support and engage learners in their own growth.

As a school leader and professional development specialist, she has a deep respect for the call to teach and supporting each teacher in their development and practice.

Dan Vollrath

High School

Daniel Vollrath is a special education teacher at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in New Jersey and a Habits of Mind Consultant.

With a strong passion for developing curriculum, building student relationships, and fostering executive function techniques infused with the Habits of Mind, Vollrath has created a more responsive and mindful classroom culture.

The Launch Professional Development Package

This package is designed to help schools set in place the means by which they will integrate the Habits of Mind into teaching and learning and school culture.

Curriculum Duration

4 School Year Months or Summer


1 Facilitating Practitioner: $3,200

2 Facilitating Practitioners: $5,200

Habits of Mind Table

2 Leadership Mentoring Sessions

By zoom, or, within a certain distance of practitioner, in person

  • Determine the goals of bringing Habits of Mind to your school
  • Planning workshops
  • Assessing progress and next steps at the conclusion of the program

1 Professional Development Day

In-person ideal, zoom if necessary

  • Introduction to Habits of Mind mission, history, and purposes
  • Process of integrating the habits into teaching and learning and classroom culture
  • Collaborative instructional design process

Team Zooms & Individual Mentorship

Zoom meeting for professional support

Michelle meets with teams after professional development day in scheduled zoom follow-ups for additional professional development, troubleshooting, and planning

Practitioners are available to support teachers 1:1 for planning, troubleshooting, and questions

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