By Jodi Witt
USAREC Public Affairs
November 8, 2016
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Ks -- The Fort Leavenworth Lewis and Clark Center hosted Army leaders and the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the American School Counselor Association during the U.S. Army Leadership and Professional Development Symposium Nov. 2-4.
The symposium generated discussion and forged new relationships among Army, NASSP and ASCA participants while providing a forum where organizations could share developmental tactics and stories.
"This commitment to education and leadership is real to us," Mark Davis, deputy assistance secretary of the Army for marketing said.
Senior leaders attending the conference included Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy, commanding general of the Army Combined Arms Center; Maj. Gen. Christopher Hughes, commanding general of U.S. Army Cadet Command, Brig. Gen. Donna Martin, deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Recruiting Command and Brig. Gen. Eugene LeBoeuf, deputy commanding general and executive vice provost for Academic Affairs for Army University.
The event reached a broad audience of secondary school principals and counselors offering insight about the educational opportunities the Army provides. Both groups offered their perspectives about leadership and the importance of educating today's youth for tomorrow's future.
"Learning doesn't stop when you exit the classroom. Learning continues," LeBoeuf said. "Army University is founded to further develop and incorporate the best practices."
According to Army University, Army leaders created Army University to function as a multiyear organizational effort that would align most of the Army's military education programs under a unified academic structure.
Educators also shared ideas about best practices and defined ways to incorporate those practices to advance educational programs and initiatives. They emphasized how this symposium not only provided them insight about the Army but insight about the how the Army values education for its Soldiers and today's youth.
"We know when they see us for who we really are, the ones with strong leadership skills, the ones who are physically fit, the ones who have strong moral character will be attracted to our institution," Davis said.
Programs promoting educational enhancement were also presented allowing educators and leaders an in-depth look about the March2Success program and how can it can impact both schools and students. March2Success is a free website providing user's access to online study materials to help improve test scores on standardized test such as state exit exams, college entrance exams, military entrance exams and others.
Lessons learned and academic exploration shaped the dialogue during the symposium. Both Army leaders and educators shared a common understanding and desire to support today's youth and to support activities securing their educational futures.
Davis reiterated how important it is to invest in the leaders of America's youth and how the NASSP and ACSA are exactly those leaders that can make an impact.
On the final day of the symposium, attendees participated in a team building exercise hosted by the Kansas City Recruiting Battalion. The two-day symposium brought together leaders who share an interest in promoting and improving educational initiatives and opportunities. In addition to learning about each other's programs, participants departed with new ideas about educational programs offered by the Army along with developing new relationships.
"This partnership between NASSP and ASCA is about our shared responsibility to develop our nation's youth," Davis said.