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Dr. Tierno’s Blog

Can We Bring Some Order To A Chaotic School Start?

Can We Bring Some Order To A Chaotic School Start?

The Background The beginning of the 2021-22 school year has been a huge reminder that parents in the poorest areas on the southwest border of Texas struggle with low socio-economic status, drugs, and crime. These parents and their children face many old barriers, from...

Andamio Now Available in Spanish

Andamio Now Available in Spanish

New Edition Puts Info in Hands of Spanish-Speaking Parents One of the greatest hurdles in education is engaging parents throughout the course of their child’s academic journey. When those parents don’t speak English, the hurdles are even higher. Andamio Press is...

Memory is the Core of Learning, Part 2

Memory is the Core of Learning, Part 2

Children’s Brains Only Hear a Quarter, or Less, of What You are Saying In order to teach my parents about the concept of memory, I made a random, 90-second recording from a radio station in Mexico. We then shared it with the Hispanic parents in the group. You can...

Memory is the Core of Learning, Part 1

Memory is the Core of Learning, Part 1

When Kids Remember, Kids Learn The brain stores critical pieces of information, forming memory. Memory is one of the brain’s great and mysterious functions. It is indispensable to all human beings. Memory is the connection in the brain that gives a human—from birth to...

Is Another School Lockdown Looming, Part 2

Is Another School Lockdown Looming, Part 2

Building on What we Learned Last Year, Part 2 This is the second part in a two part series. For Part 1, go here. The swift-but-necessary process to transition from face-to-face learning to online teaching in K-12 classrooms across the country affected not just...

Is Another School Lockdown Looming? — Part 1

Is Another School Lockdown Looming? — Part 1

Building on What We Learned Last Year, Part I If the technology platform for society can now turn over in five to seven years, but it takes ten to fifteen years to adapt to it … we will all feel out of control, because we can’t adapt to the world as fast as it is...

Exciting Growth Happening at  Andamio Press

Exciting Growth Happening at Andamio Press

Andamio Press is excited to share a sneak peek at this summer’s latest additions to our English/Spanish family of publications. In response to the many requests from Spanish-speaking educators and parents, we are proud to announce the upcoming publication of the...

Parents Need Simple Steps

Parents Need Simple Steps

Parents come to training sessions with preconceptions. It is, therefore, important for them to gain an initial understanding about the brain and language development. 

What is Brain-based Learning?

What is Brain-based Learning?

Brain-based learning refers to teaching and learning approaches, methods, and intentional strategies that use myriad styles and types of activities—especially as they relate to cognitive development—and how students learn differently as they age, grow, and mature...

21st Century Barriers to ELL Success: Part 4

21st Century Barriers to ELL Success: Part 4

Programs organized and directed by schools do not always acknowledge or appreciate parent schedules and other demands on their time. Some areas of concern include parent meetings scheduled at times inconvenient for the parents. Parents are often working two jobs....

21st Century Barriers to ELL Success, Part 3

21st Century Barriers to ELL Success, Part 3

Social Capital Building When we hold conversations about communities of poverty and their schools, we attempt to talk about disturbing stressors that are interfering and intrusive issues. The phrase social capital suggests measuring stressors in numbers. This is...

21st Century Barriers to ELL Success, Part 2

21st Century Barriers to ELL Success, Part 2

Emotional Impact Barriers have social and emotional impact on parents that is reflected in their approach to their children and their school, their role as a parent, and their purpose to their families. Emotional barriers are often difficult to manage on a day-to-day...