About the National Leadership Symposium
The NLS is an annual program co-hosted by NCLP and NACA. Throughout the program, participants get to explore the symposium's topic alongside renowned scholars and approximately 50 other leadership educators.
More details including the symposium theme, scholars, and registration is available at www.naca.org/NLS
2020 National Leadership Symposium
Transforming leadership education through design thinking, innovative learning, and application
Dates: Monday, July 6 - Thursday, July 9, 2020
Location: University of Tampa
Participants of the 2020 National Leadership Symposium will be able to:
Apply innovative teaching and learning techniques to advance student leadership learning
Leverage design thinking to students’ leadership learning and application
Integrating social, cultural, and spatial tactics to transform student-centered learning environments
Leadership educators are often challenged in creating intentional learning environments that help students navigate and adapt to an ever-changing world. More often than not, professionals in the field tend to use previously developed programs with little consideration how programs are created, who the audience is, and why these programs exist.
Utilizing principles of design thinking, innovative teaching and learning practices, and examination of emerging leadership education beyond dominant narratives, the 2020 National Leadership Symposium (NLS) aims to advance participant knowledge and ability to develop creative and inclusive leadership development curricula. Incorporating design thinking into student programs and development allows for a deeper understanding of the needs, perspectives, and expectations of diverse student populations found on campuses across the country.
In its 30th year, the NLS is an intensive, interactive, and intimate opportunity to connect with noted scholars and practitioners around current topics in leadership. The 2020 theme, “Transforming leadership education through design thinking, innovation, and application,” is an opportunity for leadership educators to engage in critical conversations related to implementing meaningful, intentional, and purposeful changes in their curricula.
The Symposium includes a variety of formats, exercises, and conversations to engage different learning styles and preferences. Given the immersive learning environment of the Symposium, it is advised that participants have moderate-significant professional experience in leadership education. In order to fully engage in the Symposium learner community, participants are expected to read several selected readings in advance of arriving for the NLS experience. The National Leadership Symposium is designed for an intimate collegial learning environment of 50 participants. Participants engage in intense periods of learning in large community, small group, and individual levels.