The TIEL Model encourages students to develop an understanding of how they learn. They learn self-organization skills that help them focus, make decisions, plan and complete projects, and self-evaluate their work. Students master academic skills of reading and writing that are necessary for school success. At the same time, students gain confidence, and self-motivation, and learn to advocate for their own needs.

How Does TIEL Help?
Using the student’s own school assignments, research projects, and/or individual interests, students will learn to:

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

Which Students Can Benefit?

  • All students need self-organization skills
  • Students who need additional support to become effective readers and writers
  • Students with learning disabilities
  • Students with ADHD
  • Gifted students


The TIEL Institute provides professional development 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 social-emotional learning in students.  

Professional Development Workshops are tailored to fit the needs of your school. The best learning is achieved when workshops are followed by in-classroom coaching. 

Workshop topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Designing student-managed project-based learning that includes the intentional teaching of self-organization, decision-making, planning, collaboration, and self-evaluation skills 
  • Planning with the TIEL components to increase engagement, deepen student learning, and develop metacognitive skills
  • Questioning that purposefully helps students develop thinking and social-emotional characteristics 
  • Balancing curricular goals between learning content and skills and the teaching of thinking and social-emotional learning
  • Planning school curriculum goals
  • 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 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