Tell Me So I Can Hear You

Tell Me So I Can Hear You A Developmental Approach to Feedback for Educators

Eleanor Drago-Severson and Jessica Blum-DeStefano
cloth, 224 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2016
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-882-5
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paper, 224 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2016
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-881-8
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Pub. Date: February 2016
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In Tell Me So I Can Hear You, Eleanor Drago-Severson and Jessica Blum-DeStefano show how education leaders can learn to deliver feedback in a way that strengthens relationships as well as performance and builds the capacity for growth. Drawing on constructive-developmental theory, the authors describe four stages of adult growth and development and explain how to differentiate feedback for colleagues with different “ways of knowing,” which include:


Tell Me So I Can Year You comes to the field at just the right time, when educators at every level are recognizing the importance of ensuring that feedback contributes to continuous learning for adults. The authors offer actionable insights to help educators engage in meaningful feedback conversations that lead to growth and change. — Stephanie Hirsh, executive director, Learning Forward

In a perfect marriage of theory and practice, Drago-Severson and Blum-DeStefano introduce a whole new dimension for thinking about feedback that is both intellectually stimulating and immediately applicable. — Robert Kegan, Meehan Professor of Adult Learning, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and coauthor, Immunity to Change and An Everyone Culture

Articulate and meaningful, Tell Me So I Can Hear You draws deeply from the research on feedback and thoughtfully integrates it with theories of adult development. The book offers a clear blueprint, as well as tools and examples of how we can move to broader and deeper growth-enhancing feedback for those we coach, evaluate, and mentor. — Elizabeth Neale, chief executive officer and founder, School Leaders Network

This book is a must-read for anyone who provides feedback in their work, especially those charged with helping teachers improve their practice. Striking a perfect balance between theory and practice, this book provides both the why and the how of offering feedback for growth. — Susan K. Brondyk, Teachers College Record

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About the Authors

Eleanor Drago-Severson is Professor of Education Leadership and Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Jessica Blum-DeStefano teaches at Bank Street College of Education.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Interview with Author

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