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“Mindful Mentors": Advanced Training in "Habits of Mind"

NESA Spring Educators Conference, Bangkok, Thailand

GRAHAM WATTS, MA, PGCE, COGE, is a leading authority on Habits of Mind, resulting in his appointment as the Associate Director of the Institute for the Habits of Mind for the UK and Europe. Now working with teachers, Mr Watts started his career as a classroom teacher. From a league table topping school in New Zealand to one of the most improved secondary schools in England, his teaching experience is rich and diverse. Mr Watts’ lively and interactive workshops focus on the teaching of thinking skills and Habits of Mind. He has led professional development workshops with teachers throughout the UK, France, Finland, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Turkey, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Additionally, Mr Watts has authored the following books: Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills (Optimus, 2009, UK), and Developing Habits of Mind in the Elementary & Secondary School (co-author USA, 2009). He is currently working on publications about the English Baccalaureate and co-authoring an innovative combination of literacy and thinking called Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Tools.,,


In response to requests from our member schools, last year NESA offered special introductory training in “Habits of Mind”, particularly as they relate to preparing our students to succeed and contribute in a rapidly changing 21st century world. Graham Watts, Affiliate Director of The Institute for Habits of Mind, facilitated a two-part Foundational Course at NESA's 2011 Fall Training Institute (part 1) and 2012 Winter Training Institute (part 2).

This year, we are pleased to announce that NESA, by a special arrangement with the Institute for Habits of Mind — and again facilitated by Graham Watts — will offer a special two-day strand for advanced training in “Habits of Mind” at the 2013 Spring Educators Conference in Bangkok.

“Habits of Mind” is a program of great repute, based on the work of Dr Art Costa and Dr Bena Kallick. It focuses on many of those skills which are now deemed “21stCentury Skills”. . .but which have long been an essential part of a well-rounded, empowering education.

This course is designed to equip participants with the coaching skills and attributes needed to serve as mentors to colleagues and as resource persons in schools that are dedicated to a professional and academic culture that prizes the “Habits of Mind”.

This training is accredited by The Institute for Habits of Mind. Participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Institute.

  • Friday, April 5, 10:30-3:30 [lunch 12:30-1:30] —Part 1 of 2 (4 hours)
  • Saturday, April 6, 8:30-1:00 [coffee break 10:30-11:00] —Part 2 of 2 (4 hours)

Note: The sessions will be scheduled so that participants will enjoy the social and cultural events of the wider Spring Educators Conference, including keynotes and teacher-led workshops.

The "Mindful Mentors" professional learning course is for educators who are already familiar with the 16 "Habits of Mind", are using them in their own class or across their school and who want to develop capacity to lead, embed and sustain the habits across all aspects of learning and living in their school.

Level: Advanced. 

The aims are:
  • to prepare participants for integrating and embedding Habits of Mind in a school
  • to develop strategies to sustain Habits of Mind over the long term
  • to coach colleagues in their development of the Habits in professional practice
  • to consider how to overcome obstacles and blockers when developing Habits of Mind across the school

There is no additional cost for participation in these workshops beyond the normal individual registration fee for the Spring Educators Conference.

How to Sign-up:
Interested participants should sign-up for this two-day training via the normal online registration form for the Spring Educators Conference, which will be activated soon. On the SEC registration form, register as a NESA member delegate, then click the box for “Mindful Mentors: Advanced Training in Habits of Mind” on the same form.

**NOTE: This institute is limited to 35 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis.

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