Succeeding with Habits of Mind




The Habits of Mind are one of the true classics in education. Derived by Art Costa and Bena Kallick, the Habits of Mind describe what the most efficacious learners do when confronted with problems, the solutions to which are not immediately apparent.

For more than 25 years, schools around the world have been working to improve student learning outcomes by infusing the Habits of Mind into their curriculum and classrooms. Over that time we have seen student learning outcomes improve and schools flourish as the Habits of Mind are adopted and lived throughout the school community.

To succeed with the Habits of Mind, we must shift from teaching about the Habits (and asking students to “use” them) to teaching for the Habits of Mind. We must also take action to ensure students explicitly develop and improve how they engage with the Habits.

In this course, we will go beyond the basics. We'll ensure your work with the Habits of Mind has a significant and enduring impact on student learning outcomes. James Anderson shares his insights – from his own classroom experiences and his many years working with schools around the globe – to ensure you succeed with the Habits of Mind.

You will be introduced to the Habits of Mind Assessment Profile Tool, a unique and powerful tool that allows you to take a snapshot of your students’ Habits of Mind. With the power to assess your students’ strengths and weaknesses, you can plot a path for their development and monitor their progress. 

For schools that choose one of the whole-school options, you’ll gain access to more than 10 hours of interviews with school leaders who have successfully infused the Habits of Mind into their schools. Their insights and tips will ensure the Habits of Mind become a powerful and enduring part of your school culture. This can offer a pathway towards becoming recognised by the Institute for Habits of Mind as a "Learning Community of Excellence". 

Bonuses include interviews with experts, including Art Costa and Bena Kallick, who share their wisdom on how to succeed with the Habits of Mind.

Over the years we've seen schools take many different approaches to working with the Habits of Mind. Unfortunately not all of them are equally successful.

The tipping point that I've observed for succeeding with Habits of Mind is to shift from teaching about the Habits of Mind, and asking students to "use" the Habits of Mind, to teaching "for" the Habits of Mind and taking teacher action to ensure students are explicitly developing and improving how they engage with the Habits of Mind. 

This course will show you how to go beyond the basics, and ensure your work with Habits of Mind has a significant impact on student learning outcomes. 

The Habits of Mind Assessment Profile Tool

Discover how to take a snap shot of your student's Habits of Mind with this powerful profile tool. Engage in deep conversations about their strengths and weaknesses with the Habits of Mind and create plans for further development. Assess and track the growth of the Habits of Mind. 

Learn how to use the Habits of Mind Assessment Profile tool in your school and classroom as part of this Succeeding with Habits of Mind resource.  


Five Professional Learning Options 

Access learning how and when it suits you!

Individual and Small Team Professional Learning Options

Engaging, practical and powerful professional learning that will achieve better outcomes for your students.


Online - Self Paced


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  • Self-paced, individualised learning
  • Over 6 hours of video lessons and activities
  • No scheduled classes
  • Immediate access
  • 12 months’ access
  • Course updates included
  • Online discussions
  • Full-day equivalent, plus bonus resources


  • 15% discount for teams of 3 or more
  • 15% discount on book purchases
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Online - Coached


Your Guided Learning Option

  • Weekly group coaching sessions via Zoom
  • 12 months access to online lessons
  • Accountability of regular classes
  • Recordings of all Zoom calls
  • Unlimited email support


  • 15% discount for teams of 3 or more
  • Teams of 3 or more receive a free 1-hour private coaching session with James Anderson
  • 15% discount on book purchases
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Face to Face


Full Day Workshop

  • Face-to-face full-day group workshop
  • Greater flexibility to respond to your group’s learning needs
  • Includes 12 months’ access to online lessons
  • Unlimited email support
  • Locations around Australia and New Zealand


  • 15% discount for teams of 3 or more
  • Teams of 3 or more receive a 1-hour private coaching session with James Anderson
  • 15% discount on book purchases
Available 2021

Whole School Learning Options

Get your whole staff on board to create real school change.

Mentored Whole-School Professional Learning

This package gives you all the resources in the online course plus access to James Anderson’s Leading Learning Academy for a complete professional learning program for your entire staff.

How Does it Work?

Nominate a team of 3–5 teachers to lead your on-site professional learning. James will mentor this team to design and deliver a tailored program to meet the learning needs of your teachers.

This approach allows you to blend online learning with whole-staff activities, discussions, and other learning protocols from James’s Leading Learning Academy. Design and deliver your school-based professional learning plan over 3–12 months.

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School-Based Partnership

With this package, James Anderson will come to your school for a full day of staff development. Inspire and engage your staff with this dynamic and insightful keynote plus workshop.

This 12-month partnership gives you a fully tailored and complete approach to your staff’s professional learning. It includes access to all online lessons and the Leading Learning Academy, as well as unlimited email and phone support for your leadership team as you implement the ideas.

 Parent information nights and ongoing virtual learning options are available, as well as discounted access to all other courses.

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A word from Art Costa & Bena Kallick

I have been fortunate to work closely with Art Costa and Bena Kallick for the past 20 years. In a recent interview they reflected on my contribution to their work.