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5-Gen Leadership

Leading 5 Generations in Schools in the 2020s
By: Mark White

Foreword by Eric Sheninger

Today’s leaders face the challenge of leading five generations. 5-Gen Leadership addresses the nuances and expectations implicit with leading each generation.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071837023
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2021
  • Page Count: 192
  • Publication date: September 27, 2021

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An unprecedented leadership challenge for school administrators

Today’s school leaders face the unprecedented challenge of leading five generations: Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and brand-new Generation Z teachers, along with Gen Alpha, today’s youngest students. Based on extensive research and the author’s experience working with thousands of educators and students, 5-Gen Leadership addresses the nuances and expectations implicit with leading each generation. With an emphasis on developing a multi-generational lens through which to view school improvement, this book covers topics such as recruiting and retaining today’s young teachers, tailoring professional development for each generation, and helping each generation succeed in a complex, accelerating world. Readers will also find:

  • Tactics for transitioning to 5-Gen Leadership and understanding the four distinct generations in the teaching staff
  • Moving leadership styles from a managing model to a coaching model
  • Advice for understanding and creating a welcoming environment for Gen Z and Gen Alpha
  • Suggestions for closing the digital generation gaps that emerged during the COVID-19 school closures
  • A glimpse into the future to imagine how new generations of leaders will help reshape schools by 2030

If we’re going to make the most of reforming our schools in the 2020s and keep up with the exponential rate of change in society we must understand today’s students and the four disparate generations in our staffs. This book is critical to help leaders bridge those gaps.

“How do we prepare today’s students for the rapidly changing workplace and society in which they will live, work, and interact in an education system designed for a century that has passed us by? In 5-Gen Leadership: Leading 5 Generations in Schools in the 2020s, Mark White clearly provides a well-lit path to assist educators to successfully make the necessary cultural, structural and instructional changes that are needed.”

-Bill Daggett, Founder
International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)

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School leaders will find:

  • Practical tips for transitioning to 5-Gen Leadership
  • Advice for recruiting and retaining Millennial and Gen Z teachers
  • Advice for creating a welcoming environment for Gen Alpha
  • Resources to help everyone succeed despite challenges such as COVID-19
  • Vignettes from representative teachers and leaders from each generation


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Mark White

Mark White is a school leadership and training consultant. Previously, he was the director of education and outreach at Mindset Digital and academic principal in the International Department of the Beijing National Day School in Beijing, China. As the superintendent of the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools in Gahanna, Ohio, he played a key role in the design of Clark Hall and the implementation of global skills and technology into its curriculum. During his tenure as superintendent, the district earned the state's highest academic ranking, opened Clark Hall, and achieved financial stability. Mr. White has been a consultant to both the College Board and the ACT and has served on two national education reform committees. He has frequently been a guest speaker at schools and universities and at local, state, and national conferences. Prior to being a superintendent, Mr. White was a band director, high school English teacher and department head, high school assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Publisher’s Acknowledgments

About the Author


Chapter 1: From Boomers to Alphas

Understanding the Four Generations in Staffs Today

Two Groups Are Trying to Lead, and Two Groups Are Trying to Fit In. Sort of . . .

Millennial Teachers Are Walking Away

Making Generational Adjustments

Trouble in the Gen Z Teaching Pipeline

Recruiting Gen Z Teachers

Take Steps Now to Become a 5-Gen Leader

And After We Recruit and Retain Them . . .

Chapter 2: The Impact of the Silent Generation and Gen Alpha

Lessons From the Silent Generation

Gen Alpha, the New Generation

Gen Alpha’s Impact on Education

The Transcendent Power of Relationships

Chapter 3: Moving From Managing to Coaching

The Challenge of Transitioning to a New Model

Millennials, Gen Zers, and Gen Alphas: Handle With Care

Coaching Into Grit and Professionalism

Rethinking Evaluations

New Channels for Communication

Chapter 4: Teaching Distracted Generations

Our Evolving Brains

Distracted Students, Distracted Teachers

Clues in the News

Chapter 5: Tactics for Creating Multigenerational PD

Acknowledging the PD Problem

A Global Leadership Question: “How Do We Train These Different Generations?”

Relevancy in PD

Finding the Generations in the Staff

Mind the Gap!

Presentation Methods for Teacher Z

Chapter 6 Generational Lessons of COVID-19

Gen Z and Gen Alpha: The New Lost Generations?

The New Digital Divide

A Flipping of the Paradigm

Adjusting Mindsets

Advice for Changing Mindsets

The Digital Gap in Administrators

Chapter 7: Upagers and Political Activism

Gen Z Survivors Leading the Way on Gun Reform

Gen Z Leading the Way in the Pursuit of Racial Justice

Lessons From a University Protest

The Coming of the Minority Majority

Chapter 8: Millennials and Gen Z Ascending in the 2020s

Four Key Points and Questions for the 2020s

The University Model Could Affect the PreK-12 Model

New Paths to Leadership

The Future: Millennial Teachers, Gen Z Teachers, and AI Teachers?

Being Human in the 2020s

50 Tips for Transitioning to 5-Gen Leadership




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