Gain Academic and Social Skills Through Our Services


Gain Academic and Social Skills Through Our Services


The TIEL Model encourages students from elementary through graduate school to develop an understanding of how they learn by making visible the thinking processes they are using in their assignments as well as the social emotional characteristics they are developing.

How Does TIEL Help?
In person or online, students will use their reading and writing assignments, research projects, and/or individual interests, to learn to:

  • Master more effective reading and writing skills
  • Develop the executive functions of decision-making, planning, self-evaluation
  • Organize their time and school assignments
  • Manage project work
  • Think more creatively
  • Set and use criteria to make decisions and self-evaluate their work
  • Advocate for their own learning needs
  • Develop leadership skills

Which Students Can Benefit?

  • All students need self-organization skills
  • Elementary, middle school, and high school students who need additional support in becoming effective readers and/or writers
  • University students who need support with academic writing
  • Students with learning disabilities
  • Students with ADHD
  • Students identified as gifted


The TIEL Institute provides professional development and coaching for teachers and administrators in K-12 public and private schools, preschools, and after-school programs. Urban, suburban, public, private, and parochial schools have all benefited from TIEL workshops. Participants learn to use the TIEL Curriculum Design model to create student-managed project learning, develop metacognitive skills, and support students’ social-emotional learning.

Workshops are tailored to fit the needs of your school. The best learning is achieved when workshops are followed by in-classroom coaching.  TIEL will help both the newest teachers and the most experienced master teachers learn valuable new skills.

Workshop topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Designing student-managed project-based curriculum that teaches self-organization, decision-making, planning, collaboration, and self-evaluation
  • Using TIEL components to plan units and lessons that increase engagement, deepen student learning, and develop metacognitive skills
  • Questioning that purposefully helps students develop thinking skills and social-emotional characteristics
  • Balancing curricular goals between learning content and skills and teaching the underlying process of thinking and social-emotional learning
  • Validating and motivating colleagues


The TIEL Institute offers professional development workshops that support instructional coaches and teacher educators. TIEL aids classroom teachers in planning curriculum and instruction that purposefully includes the teaching of thinking and social-emotional learning. The TIEL model helps instructional coaches and teacher educators observe classrooms more deeply and clearly communicate feedback to teachers.

Workshops prepare instructional coaches and teacher educators to help teachers:

  • Plan lessons and project-based units of study that include the teaching of thinking and social-emotional learning
  • Create lessons and units that balance thinking and social-emotional learning; convergent and divergent thinking
  • Reflect effectively on their teaching
  • Be comfortable with rigorous teacher appraisals
  • Receive and implement feedback
  • Feel validated and supported in the classroom
  • Validate and champion their most challenging students
  • Challenge their most advanced students


As parents, we have little preparation for the important role of supporting our children in their education. The TIEL Institute offers workshops that prepare parents with a knowledge of schools, teaching, and learning that can help them connect more effectively with their child’s education. When parents understand the learning needs of their children and how schools work, they can advocate more effectively for the education they need.

A TIEL Workshop helps parents to:

  • Understand the intellectual and emotional aspects of learning
  • Talk about your child’s educational needs with teachers
  • Discuss concerns with administrators and specialists
  • Ask questions of teachers and administrators that focus on learning and teaching
  • Respond to teacher comments and suggestions
  • Set criteria that will assist you in choosing a school for your child