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May 1, 2019
Vol. 76
No. 8

Readers React

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March 2019: The Power of Instructional Leadership

Motivating Instructional Leadership

Calling In and Up

A line I loved in Shane Safir's ["Becoming a Warm Demander,"] was when she differentiated between calling someone "in and up to their fullest potential," rather than "calling them out." Calling someone out is evaluative, whether it is coming from an actual evaluator or from a peer. Calling someone in and up to their fullest potential is collaborative, side by side, professional to professional. Choosing not to have the conversation at all because we assume another professional isn't capable of learning or change—or rationalizing that the conversation will be uncomfortable because we assume this individual will surely disagree with us—this is putting a cap on someone else's potential.
Amy Ellerman (amyellerman.blog), excerpt from post, "How We Talk about Teachers Matters," March 11, 2019

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