Happy 90th Birthday to IHOM Founder and Co-Director, Art Costa!

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November 30th, 2021 is an exciting day for the Habits of Mind community!

We asked our network to join us in wishing Art Costa the happiest of birthdays.

See their wonderful responses below, and feel free to add your own message to the padlet.


Happy birthday Art!


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Greetings from Catherine and Aaron Caine


Love you Art!

You are a superhero in every sense of the word. Thank you for welcoming me into your orbit.



Happy Birthday to an inspirational educator, thinker, influencer and human being.

Wishing you a very happy and warm birthday from Perth in Western Australia.

HOM continues to transform the lives of students and teachers. Personally, Cognitive Coaching is at the very core of my work everyday. I feel grateful to have known and worked with you.

Cheers and best wishes,
Janelle McGann


You’re the best, Art!

Happiest of Birthdays, Art! You are a remarkable man and have made such immeasurable contributions to the world of education. Hope this day brings you all of the joy and happiness you deserve!

Kelsey Jaskot


Happiest of Birthdays!

Art – You are an inspiration to many, including myself. I count myself lucky to have the opportunity to work with you and learn from you. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays! Clare Coupe Scott, Eduplanet21.


Happy Birthday to the Man!

Sending my love to you, Art. You’re a remarkable human being. I remember so many moments in Park City at CMI at ASCD where you made the #1 best TOASTS ever. You are generous to the core. Happy everything, my friend. xo Heidi


Happy Birthday Art!

Wishing you a wonderful 90th Birthday! Thank you for your contributions to our world! You have helped me grow so much over the years and for that I am so grateful. You are a true inspiration to everyone around you and continue to challenge us to be our best. Enjoy your day and celebrate!

Pat Mullikin


Happy Birthday Art

Hoping you had a great day! We here at CIA FIRST have greatly appreciated working with you over the past few years! You are an inspiration to many! Thanks again.

Daniel A. Dion
Elementary School Curriculum Coordinator CIA FIRST International School


Happy Birthday Art

Wishing you more fun than is allowed today Art! 9-0 Wee hee. Thanks for all the inspiration, fun, great adventures and friendship.

With all my rainbowy sunshine love

Karen-Tui Boyes
Spectrum Education
New Zealand


Best Wishes Art

Thank you for arming the students at CIA FIRST and many others around the world with those valuable tools for everyday living and learning. The Habits of Mind have become essential to our students in the quest to solve real world authentic problems. They have also given me the strength to keep taking responsible risks in life!!

I hope you have a truly enjoyable day and I look forward to interacting with you again soon.

Daryl Thompson
Middle and High School Humanities Coordinator
CIA FIRST International School


Happy Birthday Art!

Dear Art,

You are an amazing educator and a wonderful human being!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done, and continue to do to promote education for a more thoughtful world.

On a personal note, you have been an inspiration for me both personally and professionally. Thank you for always being there to guide me, give feedback and support my initiatives.

The HoM have been a huge factor in the development of CIA FIRST International School, and this is evident on a daily basis in the thoughts and behaviours of our students.

I wish you a truly happy birthday, and I am looking forward to another 90 years of your contributions to education!

Much love,

Philip G. Muscott
Director of Curriculum
CIA FIRST International School, Cambodia.


Happy Birthday Art!

Dear Art,

Sending warm wishes on your birthday. Your work has inspired so many learners and educators alike. As well as aiding the development of young learners, I too am working hard on all my habits of mind as I strive to become a better person.

Thank you and god bless.

Best regards,

Matt Allen (CIA First International School).


Hauʻoli Lā Hānau, Art Costa!

I’ve seen you speak at a number of conferences, but I met you once long ago at Waikīkī Elementary School. Thank you for being gracious and kind to a brand new teacher. You made a huge impact on the way I look at children and learning. Happiest of birthdays to you!

Mel Ching


Happy Birthday

Dear Art

Your enthusiasm and passion for HOM is amazing. May you continue to inspire many other educators for many more years.

Warm regards and best wishes on this special day.
With much respect

Dr. Shokeen
STEAM Curriculum Coordinator
CIA FIRST International School


Birthday Wishes, Art!

Keeping young in mind and spirit is a habit you have successfully cultivated and used to inspire educators all over the world. What an honor it was for me to be a contributing author in Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum: Practical and Creative Strategies for Teachers. Thank you for transforming my career and as a result, significantly influencing my students and teachers. Wishing you a blessed 90th birthday!

Love, Nadine McDermott


Happy Birthday Art Costa!

Warm wishes from Cambodia. HOMs have transformed how educational research is done now as they add the touch of class what lone academic perspective wasn’t able to achieve. We love the 16 HOMs and have tied them to almost everything we do here. I personally wrote my dissertation recently exploring deeper link between HOMs and restorative practices in schools.

I along with my entire school community wish you all the very best on your 90th 🎂🎉🎂🎉🥂🥂

Deepak Sehgal
Deputy Head of High School
CIA FIRST International School


Happy birthday!

Warm wishes and best blessings on your birthday!

I am thankful for your great contributions in the field of Habits of mind that enriched the social, emotional and academic learning communities. I am so glad for getting the opportunity to learn and use HOM in daily practices.

Zeinab Mohamed
CIA First International School


Warm wishes from Cambodia!

Happy Birthday, Art!

Thank you for your contribution to our learners and for your continuous work in inspiring others to become more thoughtful and emotionally intelligent.

In addition to supporting the growth of so many students, your work also helps me daily as I strive to use my HoMs!

Warm wishes on your birthday, and to many more years and successes ahead!


Emmy Cheung Tat
Student Support Services Coordinator
CIA FIRST International School, Cambodia.


Happy birthday!

Though I’ve never had the privilege to meet you in person, you are one of my educational heroes. Your work in identifying Habits of Mind has transformed my teaching and thinking. Thank you!

Wishing you a joyful birthday, Andrea Yawman

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