Joan Auchter, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

Joan Auchter, Director of Professional Learning for the National Association of Secondary School Principals, shares her experiences attending Leaders Building Leaders: A U.S. Army Leadership Symposium hosted by the Army Marketing & Research Group (AMRG) that took place at Fort Leavenworth, KS. She discusses how the symposium is an opportunity to learn from Army leaders, and gain new skills essential for the complex role of leadership.

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We're here at the US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth where the best and the brightest in the Army come to learn their leadership skills.

We convene a nationally representative group of school principals and their counselors to get together at this leadership symposium where leaders are learning from leaders.

This symposium gives us the opportunity to learn new skills that are essential for the complex role of leader today.

So to be here together with the Army and work with them, have the experience to dialogue and grow is an outstanding opportunity.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals is the leading organization and the voice for principals, assistant principals and all school leaders, and the challenge for them is to make sure that each child is ready for success in college, in their career, in life.

So the principal has to be responsible for the culture and the learning. So having the resources for both of those is critical.

The Army and the National Association for Secondary School Principals are so aligned because we're both service organizations and our end result is the safety and the success of the nation, for the Army, and for us, the future of America, with each child.

When a student enters school today, we can't predict what the world is going to be like when they graduate cause we're in a lifetime of hyper change.

The Army has to adapt. Because they have to serve the country as it shifts.

As we walked through the halls of Fort Leavenworth, we saw where the Army trains leaders, from nations all over the world.

The research-based work that the Army does is something we should all learn. The critical thinking.

I would encourage everyone, no matter where they are, to stop and to explore and understand the Army because it has so much to give.