Useful Links

This is the web page of the founding directors of Habits of Mind Art Costa and Bena Kallick. Its mission is “To transform schools into learning communities where thinking and Habits of Mind are taught, pracrices, valued and infused into the culture”.


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LIFE is a multi-institution NSF Science of Learning Center hosted at the University of Washington in partnership with Stanford University and SRI International. The LIFE Center seeks to develop and test principles about the social foundations of human learning in informal and formal environments with the goal of enhancing human learning from infancy to adulthood.


MindfulLOGO_colourMindfulbyDesign is committed to supporting teachers, schools, businesses and the wider community in becoming more Mindful through the Habits of Mind. By providing a range of learning opportunities, collaborative networks and forums, consultancy services and resources we aim to encourage the creation of environments where Mindfulness is more likely to flourish. We offer schools and educators in Australia and New Zealand access to a comprehensive range of professional learning opportunities as one way to achieve this.


Spectrum Education was founded by Karen Boyes to train educators how to be more effective in their teaching, and to show students how to study effectively and pass exams. Karen Boyes spends a lot of time in schools around the globe – working directly with teachers, principals and students – sharing her wealth of education expertise in an energetic and entertaining manner. She not only educates but inspires and motivates, altering people’s perception of both learners and learning. Press  Corwin is the premier publisher for educators' professional development needs, providing books, kits, professional learning events, and specialized libraries to help educators do their work better.


Common Core The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.



PISA The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Directorate for Education has organized a periodic study of the performance of students from its member nations. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an internationally standardized assessment that was jointly developed by participating countries and administered to15-year-olds in schools. The focus of the survey is on how students use knowledge, that is, on the application of knowledge rather than mere recall.

The PISA Study Reports:


TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) is an International Study of student performance in science and mathematics. Students are tested in grades 4, 8 and 12. About 46 countries participate and the distribution of countries is very different from that of the PISA studies. TIMSS tests the achievement of curriculum content. The last study was given in 2003.

The TIMS reports:


Finland consistently performs well in the PISA Study. Here are two links to Finnish education sites.


Links to the education department of the state of Victoria, Australia:


Links from the USA


The U. S. Department of Education:


The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development:


The National Staff Development Council:


The Virginia Staff Development Council:


Virginia’s Community of Learning:


The Virginia Association of Science Teachers: