Online Learning


How can we teach our students to think when they encounter problems and challenges to which the answers are not immediately apparent?  Watch this short video for more information on Habits of Mind Online Learning Paths:

Habits of Mind Learning Paths Informational Video

Habits of Mind Learning Paths

Habits of Mind:  Introducing

The Habits of Mind are a collection of learner attitudes and dispositions that can powerfully supplement the academic content in your classroom. This Learning Path will allow you to become familiar with the definition, significance, and nuance of each habit.

Persisting, Thinking Flexibly, and Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations are just three of the 16 Habits of Mind that, when mastered, will support students in improved citizenship while also promoting strategic reasoning, insightfulness, and perseverance in and out of the classroom.

Habits of Mind:  Activating and Engaging

After years of focusing exclusively on academic standards, bringing the Habits of Mind to life in your classroom may require a slight shift on your part, from objectives and direction to modeling and new methods of engaging learners.  Learning Continuously, Questioning and Posing Problems, and Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision will not only serve the academic success of your students, but help them condition their own minds to “always on” and self-directed learning.

Habits of Mind:  Journey of Continuous Growth

Long-term success with the Habits of Mind will require that they be fully integrated into curriculum and instruction. In this Learning Path you’ll discover that rather than yet another thing to add in, the Habits of Mind instead represent a long-term journey.

Not only will you improve your own awareness of how meaningful application of the 16 Habits of Mind can successfully impact problem-solving abilities, but you’ll also receive a useful framework and a common language for thinking, problem-solving, and communicating with others.

Habits of Mind:  Assessing

Participants will learn how growth toward internalization of the Habits of Mind requires different forms of assessment than content-based learning. Such assessments are on-going and formative and encourage self-assessment.  In this Learning Path, several forms of assessment will be described including checklists, interviews, journals and portfolios.  Each of these assessments require positive descriptors of growth with the Habits of Mind.

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Professional Learning


The Institute for Habits of Mind offers a variety of professional development services.


On-Line Learning Options

The Institute for Habits of Mind has partnered with Eduplanet21 to provide educators with a series of four online Learning Paths focused on understanding, integrating, and assessing the Habits of Mind in the classroom. This series of online Learning Paths can be taken anytime/anywhere and allows schools, districts, and educators to learn from the experienced Habits of Mind co-authors Bena Kallick and Art Costa in a cost effective and convenient manner.

Users will gain access to:

*   22 hours of professional learning,
*   24/7 access to course materials,
*   direct access to Eduplanet21’s support team,
*   a certificate of completion, and
*   access to the Habits of Mind Clearninghouse and Institute.

Begin your journey through the Habits of Mind today. Learn more at Eduplanet21!


On-Site Learning Options

Habits of Mind have the potential to help shape the culture of a school and improve school climate. In schools where Habits of Mind are being used, we see an impact on how students, staff, and families learn together.

Our goal for professional learning is to help schools successfully transform into “Mindful Schools” where thinking and the Habits of Mind are taught, practiced, valued and have become infused into the culture of the school and community.

Our professional learning is structured to build the capacity of individuals and the school community. We offer support as you build a plan that best fits your community. With such great potential and opportunity, we recognize that each school has its own identity and that each learning community has its own strengths. Therefore, we believe that the best possible model for professional learning is for us to work with you to develop a path which best meets your needs as a school. We have some proven parameters that have worked over time in many schools throughout the world, and would use these as a basis for our work with you.

Professional Learning: Personalization and Customization

Our offerings include both on-line and face to face options. We prefer a blended model in which educators can use the face to face sessions for collaborative work and can use the on line sessions as follow through to enhance implementation of the work. The following represents a framework for systems thinking, with options at each stage of implementing HOM:

Getting Started: acquaint staff, students, and community with vocabulary, value and intent of HOM

  • on-line Learning Paths with Art and Bena
  • on-site training with professional developers
  • blended model that combines online and on-site (e.g., facilitated book study and online course)
  • school self-study

Deepening the Learning: HOM is spread throughout the organization and community

  • online and in person coaching, problem solving, and development of curriculum
  • planning for implementation and roll out
  • assessment for growth-setting goals

Building Organizational Capacity: School community embrace HOM in personal and school lives

  • developing in-house trainers with online and on-site options
  • developing mindful mentors in the school
  • developing leadership roles and responsibilities

Certifying School as an International HOM School of Excellence: 3 year commitment to continue and expand HOM

  • demonstrating commitment to sustaining this work over time
  • developing a three-year plan
  • working with PD coach to help support and sustain this work
  • using action research to monitor growth and to inform goal setting

Find a professional developer or associate near you.

For more information, please contact:

Michele DeBellis, IHOM Affiliate Director (for Professional Learning)
Dr. Bena Kallick, IHOM Co-Director
Dr. Art Costa, IHOM Co-Director