What is the
TIEL Institute?

The TIEL Institute offers a uniquely balanced approach to learning and teaching that addresses the requirements of 21st century education. Teaching for Intellectual and Emotional Learning (TIEL) brings together the thinking and social emotional components that lie at the core of 21st century learning and teaching. The TIEL Curriculum Design Wheel represents five fundamental thinking processes needed for successful learning and five social-emotional characteristics we want all students to develop.

Who Can Benefit from TIEL Institute Services?

The TIEL Institute offers individual learning support for students, educational workshops for parents, and professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators. When those involved in the education of a child understand the intellectual and social emotional components of learning, they are better able to support the child in meeting his or her educational goals.

The TIEL Institute helps

Students become self-organized learners, taking more responsibility for their own learning
Parents connect more effectively with their child’s education
Teachers plan curriculum and instruction that teaches thinking and helps students develop positive social emotional characteristics
Administrators provide leadership that supports an intellectually rich and social-emotionally safe environment in which teachers can help students develop thinking processes and qualities of character to their fullest potential


About Us

Christy Folsom received her Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She has a broad and deep background in education that includes preschool, deaf, general, gifted education, and teacher education at the university level.  In addition, she has worked as a staff developer and as an administrator.  Based on her experience as an educator and as a parent, she developed the conceptual framework of Teaching for Intellectual and Emotional Learning (TIEL®).  She has presented her work nationally and internationally.  She directs the TIEL Institute through which she works privately with students, schools, and districts.  Her book is entitled Creating Powerful Curriculum: Teaching for Intellectual and Emotional Learning.  The book shares how four NYC teachers used the TIEL model to transform their teaching, helping their students to become more self-directed learners. Dr. Folsom lives in New York City.

The TIEL Design Model

21st Century Educational Standards

Teaching for Intellectual and Emotional Learning (TIEL) is a model for guiding curriculum development and instructional planning needed to meet new educational standards.  In addition to reading, writing, math, social studies, and science, schools in the 21st century must prepare students with new basic skills. These include the ability to sort and sift through information, plan and evaluate, think creatively and flexibly, appreciate diversity, cooperate, and make ethical decisions. 

Standards for K-12 students and standards for teacher preparation programs include many of these new basic skills that require a more complex approach to teaching and learning. Complex teaching and learning involves teaching thinking social emotional processes  essential to the new basic skills.  At the same time, complex teaching prepares students in the traditional basic skills of reading, writing, math and the content areas of social studies and science.

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TIEL Services

The TIEL Institute offers individual learning support for students, workshops for parents, professional development opportunities for educators and administrators, and support for teacher education programs.

Individual Student Services

The TIEL model helps students:

  • Develop understanding of how they learn
  • Master skills necessary for school success
    • Learn self-organization skills that help students focus, make decisions, plan and complete projects, manage assignments, and learn to self-evaluate school work
  • Acquire basic academic skills in reading, writing, and math
  • Enhance confidence and self-motivation

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