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The U.S. Army and NASSP Partner for Leadership and Professional Development at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Dec 10, 2014

The U.S. Army and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) gathered together for the second annual Leadership and Professional Development Symposium on November 12-14, 2014 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The event, hosted by Mark Davis, brought together 36 principals and assistant principals (selected by NASSP) to demonstrate Army best practices in leader development in a way that can be applied by the principals. The symposium also increased the awareness of Army career and education opportunities among the attendees, as well as among NASSP leadership. The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Center for Army Leadership, both based at Fort Leavenworth, assisted in developing curriculum for the symposium. 

NASSP is a valued partner of the U.S. Army. In 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Army Marketing and Research Group (AMRG) and the NASSP was signed in Reston, Virginia, grounding the partnership’s joint commitment to supporting the Nation’s school leaders as they prepare students for college, career, military service and citizenship. This year’s gathering was built on momentum sparked by the inaugural symposium in 2013, with an added focus on best practices in leadership development.

Mr. Mark Davis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing and Research, opened the symposium, welcoming principals and Army leaders.

The 2014 symposium provided NASSP principals with practical application, guidance and resources in how to further develop their own leadership qualities while also fostering leadership in those around them. And learning was a two-way street! The three-day meeting was filled with collaborative dialogue between NASSP principals and U.S. Army representatives. Discussion connected the best of both civilian and military strategies with values in leadership and education. Brigadier General (P) Peggy Combs from U.S. Army Cadet Command, and Command Sergeant Major Willie C. Clemmons, from U.S. Army Recruiting Command, led interactive discussions on how to build and sustain leaders for the future, each providing unique perspectives on the development of leaders in the Army.

Brigadier General (P) Peggy Combs, U.S. Army Cadet Command, and Command Sergeant Major Willie C. Clemmons, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, led interactive discussions with principals.

Engaging presentations served as launching points for discussions addressing overcoming challenges and fostering leadership, while in-depth panel discussions shed light on leadership perspectives and progression in the education, military and business worlds. The panel included leaders from the Army, Fort Leavenworth’s Center for Army Leadership (CAL), NASSP and McCann Worldgroup. 

Principals also had the opportunity to participate in a hands-on feedback and review workshop to assess their own leadership qualities with help from world-class Army leadership experts. Tapping the Army’s expertise in feedback and assessment, symposium attendees learned ways to assess, apply and learn from 360-degree feedback. Major Stephen Kent from the Center for Army Leadership (CAL), and Dr. Steven Aude from IFC International, led the workshop, encouraging principals to take a step back and learn from their own challenges and triumphs.

In a second workshop, the principals were led by Ms. Ellen Bogdan and Dr. John Persyn, from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, as they explored the importance of critical thinking and decision making in faculty development. The principals broke out into groups, sharing their own strategies and questions while also reflecting on how to incorporate the Army’s best practices into their own work.

The U.S. Army is proud of its partnership with NASSP and looks forward to continued collaboration and shared learning as they continue their work in developing outstanding leaders in education and beyond. Learn more about the U.S. Army and NASSP’s partnership, here. More photos from the 2014 Symposium are available at GoArmy Flickr.

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