Two educators from The Preuss School UCSD will travel to one of the U.S. Army’s premier leadership training institutions this week to take part in the inaugural National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and U.S. Army Leadership and Professional Development Symposium. Principal Scott Barton and athletic director Lisa Hawk are two of 30 school leaders from around the country who will participate in this unique opportunity.
“Strong leadership is critical for the success of any school and we are excited to participate in this one-of-a-kind learning experience,” said Barton who has served as Preuss’ principal since 2008. Located on the UC San Diego campus, Preuss is a charter middle and high school for low income, highly motivated students who strive to become the first in their families to graduate from college.
Participants will spend Nov. 13-15 at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, located outside of Kansas City, Missouri, to explore U.S. Army best practices in leadership development as it applies to their role as civilian education leaders preparing today’s students to be college, career and citizenship ready. The symposium will focus on the Army Learning Model (ALM) for 2015, which is a continuum for soldier education intended to help the U.S. adapt and prevail in the highly competitive global learning environment.
The school leaders will participate in hands-on exercises, collaborative discussion and other learning activities to draw parallels between the ALM and their own role and work context in their schools. They will also have the chance to interact and learn from the U.S. Army and NASSP education and leadership development experts. Fifteen principals were chosen by NASSP to participate in the event and each principal was asked to bring along another school leader who has demonstrated strong leadership.