Arthur L. Costa, EdD, is an emeritus professor of education at California State University, Sacramento. He is cofounder of the Institute for Habits of Mind and cofounder, with Bob Garmston, of the Center for Cognitive Coaching. He served as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, an assistant superintendent for instruction, and as the director of educational programs for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He has made presentations and conducted workshops in all 50 states as well as on six of the seven continents.
Art has written and edited numerous books, including Techniques for Teaching Thinking; The School as a Home for the Mind; and Cognitive Coaching, with Bob Garmston. He is editor of Developing Minds: A Resource Book for Teaching Thinking, coeditor, with Rosemarie Liebmann, of the Process as Content trilogy, and coeditor, with Bena Kallick, of Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind, Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum, and Dispositions: Reframing Teaching and Learning. His books have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch.
Active in many professional organizations, Art served as president of the California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and was the national president of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development from 1988 to 1989. In 2010, he received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Urban Alliance.