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Habitudes for Middle and High School Students

The Habitudes system is so much more than a school leadership program. The Habitudes curriculum helps to instill valuable life skills into middle and high school students and prepares them to be authentic leaders.

About Habitudes for High School & Middle School

Habitudes for middle and high school students is a curriculum that trains up the next generation of leaders by equipping educators to speak the language of today’s middle and high school students, kick-starting conversations and inspiring memorable experiences that instill valuable leadership and life skills. Tailored specifically to resonate with today’s teens and grounded in research, the Habitudes middle and high school curriculum utilizes real-life imagery and stories to engage students in a creative and relevant way. This flexible, research-based leadership curriculum is adaptable for any school’s program and has been proven to spark a positive shift in the school’s overall culture.

Habitudes for Secondary Schools Will Help Your students:

  • Break free from peer pressure and influence others in positive ways.
  • Experience greater empathy and minimize bullying among students.
  • Embrace a growth mindset that values hard work and resilience.
  • Capitalize on personal strengths to be career-ready upon graduation.
  • Develop critical thinking skills that produce better life choices, such as choosing healthy friends, improving study habits, and setting goals.


"We believe in creating a culture of growth, character, and knowledge, and we believe our students can own their own character. We are in the process of minimizing external behavior controls over students and maximizing the student’s decision-making ability through good strong character traits that they would reference prior to making decisions and actions. Habitudes is helping us accomplish this."

Sheila Grimes

Principal, Freedom Middle School

Habitudes for Career Ready Students is an excellent tool that supports our teachers as they help students master the Nebraska Career Readiness Standards. Our teachers say that the resources have challenged their students, equipped them to think more critically, and truly helped them understand the key competencies behind the Nebraska Career Readiness Standards.

Dr. Cory Epler

Deputy State Director of Career Education for the Nebraska Department of Education

The work of Tim Elmore and the Growing Leaders team is having a very profound impact on our school. Tim’s book Generation iY has been a foundational read for our faculty and staff. We use the Habitudes curriculum on a regular basis and the images have already gained a foothold as an integral part of our work with our students.

Steve Helmich

President– Cathedral High School– Indianapolis, IN

As a former captain of the University of Alabama women’s tennis team, my training in Habitudes proved valuable in leading the team to a Top-10 ranking in 2012. The principles I learned extended far beyond student leadership and set me up for success in my life after tennis.

Courtney McLane

Academic All-American– University of Alabama

Habitudes is the best program for first year students and beyond. It is a tool that encourages and teaches deeper thinking and dialogue. You can’t go wrong if you want to serve your students with the most cutting-edge, researched, and student-savvy program I’ve seen anywhere. Using Habitudes revitalized my teaching and led to a greater understanding of the students we face in the classroom.

Sharon Taylor

Professor– Saint Martin's University

The Career Ready Practices, upon which this book is based, articulate essential skills and practices that all students need to cultivate, apply and grow as they progress through their education and career pathways. These practices form the foundation for how students learn and work. They require and reflect a commitment to lifelong learning and adaptability. Together with academic and technical skills and knowledge, Career Ready Practices will help more students find success and secure a fulfilling, living-wage career.

Kimberly Green

Executive Director, NASDCTEc

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