Directors TC

Carolee Hayes

Carolee Hayes


Carolee is a Co-Director for Thinking Collaborative, the home of the Adaptive Schools Seminars, the Cognitive Coaching Seminars®, and Kaleidoscope Associates. She is the former Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Coaching. She provides international training in:

  • Cognitive CoachingSM,
  • Adaptive Schools,
  • presentation skills,
  • building collaborative school cultures,
  • organization development, transitions and change, and effective instruction.

She is a co-author of Cognitive Coaching: Weaving the Threads of Learning and Change into the Culture of an Organization and Effective School Leadership: Developing Principals through Cognitive Coaching. She has been a presenter at many national conferences and is an author of a variety of educational journal articles.

Carolee was the Director of Professional Development for Douglas County School District Re.1, in Colorado, from 1989 to 1998. She developed and directed the nationally recognized Building Resource Teacher program which places a staff developer in every school to support building level staff development, new teacher induction, implementation of innovation in curriculum, and instruction and assessment. It was one of the first building-based instructional coaching programs in the U.S.

Prior to working for Douglas County, Carolee was a staff developer and middle school and high school teacher in Jefferson County, Colorado. She holds a B.A. in family studies from Colorado Women’s College and an M.A. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Denver. She is licensed as a secondary teacher and administrator by the State of Colorado.

Carolee has been married for many years to her husband John. They live in Denver and are the parents of a son and daughter and the grandparents of two boys and a girl.

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Now a co director for Thinking Collaborative and a private consultant with M2 Coaching & Consulting, Doreen was an English teacher for over 38 years, and she taught everything from academic intervention to advanced placement. She has a B.S. from State University of New York at Oswego in English/secondary education, did graduate work in diagnostic and prescriptive reading, and received an M.S. in English Education Advanced Study from Syracuse University. As the English Language Arts Content Specialist for the Solvay Union Free School District – a teacher leadership role – she was in charge of curriculum, assessment, data analysis, professional development, facilitation, mentoring, and AIS for grades 4 through 12. Doreen is a Training Associate for Cognitive Coaching℠, Adaptive Schools, and Habits of Mind. She has presented workshops on six continents. Doreen considers herself to be extremely fortunate to be mentored by Art Costa, Bena Kallick, Bob Garmston and Michael Dolcemascolo. Doreen holds memberships in ASCD, NCTE, Learning Forward and other professional organizations.


Carol Brooks Simoneau


Carol Brooks Simoneau, EdD, graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in elementary education. She earned a Master of Science Degree with a Reading Specialist endorsement and an Educational Administration and Leadership endorsement from Kansas State University. Carol earned a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Leadership from Kansas State University.

Carol has over 20 years experience as a teacher and reading specialist with students of all ages. As a reading specialist, she modeled instructional strategies in the classroom and worked with students in intervention programs created to prevent reading failure. She has also chaired or served as a member on school improvement and accreditation teams designed to develop school community and facilitate achievement. Carol has received the Kansas State Department of Education Distinguished Educator Award. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Staff Development Council.

Carol provides Cognitive CoachingSM and Adaptive Schools training. Carol is also a consultant for the Danielson Group and offers instruction in Framework for Teaching and Learning Focused Supervision. She is the author of A Facilitator’s Guide to On-line Professional Development: Establishing Communities of Learning and Cultures of Thinking.

Director IHOM

Michele De Bellis

North American Director of the Institute for Habits of Mind

Michele De Bellis strives to support the transformation of systems by prioritizing professional development. Central to all of her work is a commitment to support self-directedness. Michele is a certified Training Associate for Thinking Collaborative—providing professional development in Cognitive CoachingSM and Adaptive Schools Seminars. Michele also designs and leads professional development for the Institute for Habits of Mind as the North American Affiliate and Director of Professional Development. She has been a special education teacher, district administrator and most recently Director of a K-16 partnership at the University of Texas at El Paso in literacy, mathematics and science focused on issues of equity and school reform through professional development. These experiences and opportunities reflect Michele’s passion and belief that systems can transform into cohesive and intentional organizations that not only effect students’ self-directedness and critical thinking processes, but also the delivery by and sustainability of these attributes through well trained and supported adults.

Co Founders

Arthur Costa

Arthur L. Costa

Arthur L. Costa is a Professor of Education, Emeritus, from California State University, Sacramento, where he taught graduate courses to teachers and administrators in curriculum, supervision, and the improvement of instruction.

He edited the book, Developing Minds: A Resource Book for Teaching Thinking; is the author of The Enabling Behaviors, Teaching for Intelligent Behaviors and Supervision for Intelligent Teaching; and is co-author of Cognitive Coaching and Techniques for Teaching Thinking. He has also written numerous other articles and publications on supervision, teaching strategies and thinking skills.

Dr. Costa has made presentations and conducted workshops for educators throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the South Pacific. He taught in the Bellflower School District, worked as a curriculum consultant in the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Office, and served as Director of Educational Programs for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the Western States, and was Assistant Superintendent of the Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools office.

Active in many professional organizations, Dr. Costa has served as president of the California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and as president of the national A.S.C.D. from 1988 to 1989.

Bob Garmston

Bob is Professor Emeritus, School of Education, at California State University, Sacramento and director of Facilitation Associates, an educational consulting firm specializing in leadership, learning, and organizational development. He is co-developer of Cognitive CoachingSM and co-founder of the Institute for Intelligent Behavior with Dr. Art Costa. He is co-author and co-developer of the Adaptive Schools materials with Bruce Wellman, an initiative developing collaborative groups within schools intent on strengthening student achievement.

Bob Garmston is an award-winning author of books and articles dealing with educational leadership, learning, coaching, and staff development. Formerly a teacher, principal, superintendent and curriculum director, he now consults with schools throughout North America and in Africa, South-East Asia, Eastern Europe, South America, and the Middle East. He lives near Sacramento, California, close to his five children and five (bright and cute) grandchildren.

Bruce Wellman

Bruce is Co-Director of MiraVia LLC, a publishing, training, and consulting firm. He works with school systems, professional groups and organizations throughout the United States and Canada, presenting workshops and courses for teachers and administrators on learning-focused classroom patterns and practices, teacher mentoring, learning-focused supervision, presentation skills and facilitating collaborative groups.

Mr. Wellman is an award winning author and co-author of numerous publications related to organization and professional development, quality teaching and improving science curriculum and instruction materials and methods. He is a co-author of The Adaptive School: A Sourcebook for Developing Collaborative Groups with Dr. Robert Garmston.

Directors Emeritus

Michael Dolcemascolo

Michael is the former Executive Co-Director of Thinking Collaborative, the home of the Adaptive Schools Seminars and the Cognitive Coaching Seminars®. He is also the former Co-Director of the Center for Adaptive Schools. An independent consultant, Michael regularly presents workshops to educators on Cognitive Coaching℠, Adaptive Schools, learning styles, presentation skills and many other topics to urban, suburban, and rural schools.

Michael delightfully spends much of his energy mentoring coaches who wish to become agency trainers for their systems and also regularly facilitates groups that are planning, problem-resolving, and engaging in change.

Michael is co-author with Robert Garmston of The Focusing Four: A Consensus Seeking Activity DVD Viewer Guide and Dialogue DVD Viewer Guide, Center for Adaptive Schools, 2009. With Carolyn McKanders, Michael has co-authored the Developing Collaborative Groups CD Study Guide, and co-edited the Adaptive Schools Foundation Workshop Learning Guide, 2012. His article, Supporting the “Whole Teacher”: Five Resourceful States of Mind, appeared in the March, 2013 NYSASCD Impact Journal.

Michael holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in philosophy and English from Montclair State University, an M.A. in cultural symbol systems from Syracuse University’s Department of Religion, and a C.A.S. in educational administration from the State University of New York.

Jane Ellison

Jane Ellison has been an integral part of the Cognitive Coaching community since 1989. Entrusted with the leadership and perpetuation of the work by Art Costa and Bob Garmston, she has served as the Executive Co-Director of Thinking Collaborative with Michael Dolcemascolo and the Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Coaching with Carolee Hayes. She provides training and consultation in the areas of Cognitive Coaching℠, Adaptive Schools, change and transition, quality professional and organizational development, curriculum development, effective instruction, supervision, and facilitation.

Jane has experience as a teacher at the elementary and graduate school levels, as a principal and a director of elementary education. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and Social Sciences from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, an M.Ed. in Elementary Supervision from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, and an Ed.D. in Administration from VPI&SU, Blacksburg, Virginia. She is licensed as a teacher and supervisor in Texas and as an administrator in Colorado and Illinois. Jane’s experiences include teaching graduate classes in South America, attending the Principals’ Institutes at Columbia Teachers’ College and Harvard University, and chairing the Board of Directors of the Principal’s Center at the University of Colorado, Denver. She is also a certified teacher and Principal Perceiver Specialist. She is the co-author of Cognitive Coaching: Weaving Threads of Learning and Change into the Culture of an Organization and Effective School Leadership: Developing Principals with Cognitive Coaching.

Carolyn McKanders

Carolyn is the former Co-Director for Thinking Collaborative, the home of the Adaptive Schools Seminars and the Cognitive Coaching Seminars®. She is the former Co-Director of the Center for Adaptive Schools. As an educational consultant, Carolyn specializes in individual, group and organization development. Her passion is promoting quality human relationships through communication, collaboration and leadership skills development.

Carolyn’s background includes 28 years of experience in Detroit Public Schools as a teacher, counselor and staff development specialist. Presently, she presents seminars internationally on developing Adaptive Schools, enhancing presentation effectiveness, and facilitation skills. She also provides Polarity Management® training, which supports organizations in identifying and managing competing tensions inherent in social systems.

Carolyn has extensive experience in group facilitation. She has successfully helped groups to clarify vision and work collaboratively to achieve professional community and desired results. In addition to her work in educational settings, she is a family and women’s counselor. From her counseling experience she brings to her work a deep belief in the unlimited capacity and resilience of the human spirit.

Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Education from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling and Education from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Social Work Degree in Family and Children Services from Eastern Michigan University.


Jenny Edwards

Jenny Edwards, PhD – Research and Development

Jenny Edwards has taught at the elementary and middle school levels. She has also worked in Staff Development in the Jefferson County Schools in Denver, Colorado. She currently teaches in the doctoral program for Educational Leadership and Change at Fielding Graduate University. She has focused her research agenda on Cognitive Coaching℠ and has done numerous studies. In addition to her seminars in the United States, she has taught Cognitive Coaching℠ in Italy, Mexico, and the Philippines. She has also taught Adaptive Schools in Italy and Mexico.