The Institute for Habits of Mind

The Institute for Habits of Mind, founded by Dr. Arthur Costa and Dr. Bena Kallick, is an international organization which helps educators, parents, and all who care for children to learn, practice, and infuse the Habits of Mind into their work and their lives.

The vision of the institute is to create a more thoughtful, cooperative, compassionate generation of people who skillfully work to resolve social, environmental, economic and political problems.

The Institute for Habits of Mind offers membership, services, resources, and products, all related to the Habits of Mind. To learn more about the Institute, go to:

Founders of the Institute for Habits of Mind

Drs. Costa and Kallick are world-recognized and respected for their ground-breaking publications, practical teachings, and inspirational leadership about the Habits of Mind.

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.

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.


The in-depth platform for the Habits of Mind, written by the institute’s co-founder, Arthur L. Costa

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