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Engaging Hispanic Families for ELL Success Using Brain-Based Learning

Revised 2nd Edition is designed for School Administrators, Title I Parent Coordinators and teachers, ¡Andamio! establishes a novel approach for parent engagement. Dr. Susan Tierno’s “boots on the ground” breakthrough book is a template for creating engagement through brain-based learning trainings, specifically, in Hispanic districts and schools.

Dr. Tierno is an author, speaker, teacher trainer, parent trainer.

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It’s Not Just Another Problem

It’s Not Just Another Problem

Background: Children, since 2007, have grown up in an unprecedented information age from Google Classroom and Zoom, to email and texting. From YouTube, to Facebook and Tik-tok to Instagram. All information is supported by the use of several devices, has be sorted,...

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It Was Just Another Problem

It Was Just Another Problem

It Was Just Another Problem is one of my seven memory storybooks that makes me laugh, but allows me to offer a valuable message that will help children to develop critical habits in life. Where does this come from? How many times have your children rushed through...

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 Very Informative

4.0 out of 5 stars This is an easy book to read. And I can see it being expanded to help people who speak other languages learn as well. Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2021

A Holistic Case for Parent Involvement

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dr. Sue Tierno's book, Andamio!. In this book, Susan presents a holistic case for parent involvement that enhances and positively influences student learning.The psychological- brain based learning- and philosophical- phenomenological-...

A Great Tool for Parents and Teachers

5.0 out of 5 stars A well researched and science based book that will support parents in Hispanisc families to engage with their children. Can be a useful read for anyone who are involved with children. Amazon Review June 10, 2021

Good Information For All Kids and Parents

Although the book is geared toward Hispanic kids and parents, there is much here that would also apply to other minority kids and parents. We all have the same brains and basically, the same issues when it comes to learning and engaging. The book delivers solid ideas...


5.0 out of 5 stars This book includes grant model, surveys and evaluation questions including parent responses. Excellent for educators, administrators, and parents. Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2021

Very Interesting and Engaging

5.0 out of 5 stars As someone who grew up in Spain, I found this book quite fascinating. How is the Spanish mind different to the English? Or is it. Well, this book clearly shows it can be be triggered differently. The book includes models, surveys and evaluation...

Helpful, Useful Info to Increase Engagement

5.0 out of 5 stars I like that this book includes grant models, surveys and evaluation questions -- which serves as a nice template for easy use. Many schools, not just Title 1 schools, could benefit from increased parent engagement, especially in largely Hispanic...

Interesting and Not Repetitive

5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book which all parents and also teacher should read. The chapter about 21st-century barriers for parents is so useful, it involves children, school, and home talking about results of Cognitive impact and socioemotional impact. Reviewed...

 Great Tool for Any ESL Learner

4.0 out of 5 stars As you read through this book, you realize that it's a memoir of someone who has helped countless people learn English after the immigrated here. The lessons within are based on experience and a little bit of science. If you're looking to fast track...

Brain Based Learning

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! As a special education teacher this book has affirmed and given me great insight into brain based learning and engaging parents. This thought provoking book, engages and challenges the reader to better understand brain based learning,...

Author, Speaker, Teacher Trainer, Parent Trainer

Susan F. Tierno, Ed.D.

Dr. Tierno’s education career has spanned K-12 to Higher Ed. A member of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, she is a recipient of the National Creative Thinking Recognition Award for innovative programs for teachers, parents and kids from the Creative Thinking Association of America. Dr. Tierno is also co-founder of the Let’s Think Kids Foundation.

Dr. Tierno’s dissertation focused on Hispanic Parent Engagement, which has now evolved into her book “¡Andamio!”, now in its 2nd Editon. Dr. Tierno’s life experiences—and growing up within a military family that descended from immigrants—formed her thinking and shaped her career of service to parents, students and her fellow teachers.


I believe that ¡Andamio! is significant and relevant because parents want to know how to help their children in their educational journey. Parent trainings are essential in order for true engagement to take place. I can tell you that Susan’s model works. I personally observed how much it helped the parents from our district that participated in this training.”

Pat Campos, Title I Parent and Family Engagement Coordinator
Laredo, Independent School District, TX

Building a Stronger Brain in Your Child

A slide presentation by Dr. Susan F. Tierno

Dr. Susan Tierno, Ed.D. Presenter

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