Generations at School: Building an Age-Friendly Learning Community

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Today's workforce comprises distinct generational cohorts-Veterans, Baby Boomers, Gen-Xers, and Millennials. Generation at School provides educators with the knowledge and tools to create and sustain true collaboration, teamwork, and consensus. Suzette Lovely and Austin G. Buffum introduce the traits and tipping points of these diverse age groups, while providing: Case studies and workplace alternatives for the hiring and retention of high-quality employees as well as practices for orientation, mentoring, and boosting school-wide communication, Guidelines for examining the generational footprint of an entire district, department, or school site, Easy-to-apply strategies to promote cross-generational collaboration, performance, and harmony. When sound communication emerges and differences are understood, school districts can create communities that appreciate the uniqueness of each member and value the rich contributions from a multigenerational staff.
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Editorial Reviews

Richard P. DuFour
"Filled with creative ways to develop the capacity of a staff to work together as a professional learning community. The authors make a compelling case for recognizing the significant generational differences in play among most faculties and, more important, offer specific strategies for addressing those differences in ways that benefit teachers and students alike."
Middle Ground Magazine
"This is the essence of the book: understanding our generational differences, finding our generational commonalities, which ultimately will enable us to work together to make a difference for all students. The authors do an outstanding job of providing practical examples and strategies that can be easily implemented."
James Rickabaugh
"An interesting, insightful, and uplifting read! Filled with practical suggestions and strategies to understand generational differences and build on shared interests and strengths while leveraging unique perspectives and motivations. "
Neil Howe
"Baby boomer teachers are now the old guard. Generation X parents are demanding accountability and transparency. And a rising generation of Millennials is recasting the attitudes and behaviors of youth. The authors provide an excellent roadmap through this new landscape, drawing on concrete examples that will ring true with anyone who works in a school."
Richard P. Du Four
"Filled with creative ways to develop the capacity of a staff to work together as a professional learning community. The authors make a compelling case for recognizing the significant generational differences in play among most faculties and, more important, offer specific strategies for addressing those differences in ways that benefit teachers and students alike."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412927284
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/16/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,477,451
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzette Lovely is the deputy superintendent of personnel services for the Capistrano Unified School District in Orange County, CA. She has spent 24 years in public education as a teacher, assistant principal, elementary principal, and director of elementary operations. Lovely also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Chapman University, teaching courses in educational administration.

Author of two previous books: Setting Leadership Priorities: What’s Necessary, What’s Nice and What’s Got to Go (Corwin Press, 2006) and Staffing the Principalship: Finding, Coaching and Mentoring School Leaders (ASCD, 2004), Lovely is also a staff writer for Master Teacher publications.

Austin G. Buffumis currentlyadjunct professor of educational leadership at Chapman University and California State University, Fullerton. He recently retired as the senior deputy superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District in South Orange County, CA. During his 34-year career, Buffumserved asa music teacher and coordinator, elementary school principal, curriculum director, and assistant superintendent.

Buffum was selected as the 2006 Curriculum and Instruction Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators. He has presented at scores of regional and national conferences and speaks regularly to schools, districts, and departments of education across the nation about his passion for professional learning.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Roland S. Barth     ix
Preface: The Demographic Divide     xi
Sizing Up the Population     xi
Who's Simmering in Your Stew?     xii
Fixing Flaws, Flawed Fixes     xii
Priorities Have Changed     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
About the Authors     xvii
The Generations at Work in Schools     1
The Perfect Storm     2
Who's Who? A Snapshot of Four Living Generations     2
Road Maps and Aspirations     9
Conclusion: A Cause Celebre     11
New Rules for the Sandbox     13
Coloring Within the Lines     14
From School to Work     15
The Birth of Organized Labor     17
Trailblazers, Pioneers, and Indiana Jones     19
The Neutral Zone     21
Finding the Neutral Zone With "Seniors"     22
That Was Then, This Is Now     24
Conclusion: Let Go of the Quo     25
Cross-Age Connections in a Learning Community     27
Intergenerational Chemistry in a PLC     28
Know Your Lineup     29
A Case in Point     33
Conclusion: Ageless Excellence     37
Recruitment Renaissance: Give It to 'Em Their Way     39
Generational Forecasting     40
Start Your Own Farm Team     42
Who's on First?     43
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!     45
Be All That You Can Be     46
Handle With Care     50
Conclusion: Become First-Rate     52
Creating Synergy in the Schoolhowse     55
The Demographic Gulch     56
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Off to Work We Go     58
The Synergy Doctrine     59
Diplomacy: New Word of the Day     65
Connecting the Dots     68
Conclusion: Not Too Young, Not Too Old     69
Here Come the Millennials, Ready or Not!     71
Generational Recycling     72
Bye-Bye, Breakfast Club     74
A Special Lot     75
Safety First!     76
Oozing With Optimism     77
Teamwork: Here, There, Everywhere     78
Conventional Wisdom     79
Under Pressure     79
Achievers 'R' Us     81
When Theory Meets Practice     83
Nintendo Effect     85
Give 'Em Time to Think     85
Double Takes and Do-Overs      85
Happy Campers     86
Reward Rather Than Punish     86
Scaffold the Interventions     86
Upward Bound     86
Conclusion: In Good Hands     87
Meet the Parents     89
Fly-Overs and Swoop-Ins     90
Lower the Drawbridge     94
Outwit, Outlast, Outplay     95
Mind Your Manners     97
Different Worlds     99
Does Your Complaint Policy Make the Grade?     101
Conclusion: Let's Make a Deal     103
Attracting and Retaining High-Quality Leaders: District Inventory     107
Snag the Best and Bypass the Rest: Behavioral-Based Interview Questions     111
Partnership Teaching Contract Language     113
Synergy Audit: How Generationally Friendly Is Your Workplace?     117
Civility Board Policy     121
References     125
Index     129
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