• Instructor creates organizational tiles as visual aids

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  • Staff Report
    How many individual organizational tiles will an instructor create to support a classroom learning experience? Right now, more than 800.
    Lyle Adams, an instructor for the Civilian Education System’s Advanced Course at the Army Management Staff College, and his wife, Julia, have handcrafted two- by five-inch magnetic tiles at their kitchen table. The magnetic tiles are displayed on white boards in the classroom to serve as visual training aids for a lesson about Army structure.
    The lesson covers the doctrinal organizational configuration described in Department of Defense Directive 5100.01, “Functions of the Department of Defense and its Major Components,” and Army Regulation 10-87, “Army Commands, Army Service Component Commands, and Direct Reporting Units.” The tiles portray the various echelons of the government, including the president and cabinet, DoD, the military services, the Joint Staff, Department of the Army, DoD geographic and functional combatant commands, Army service component commands, the four major Army commands — Forces Command, Army Material Command, Training and Doctrine Command, and the Army Futures Command — as well as Army direct reporting units and field operating agencies, and Army National Guard and Army Reserve units down to the brigade level.
    The objective of the lesson is for each student to map the path from their desk to the secretary of the Army.
    “Most students don’t have a clear understanding how they fit into the big Army,” Adams said. “I found it beneficial to add unit crests, patches and logos to the visual aspect of the lesson. It’s exciting to see the students’ reaction when they walk into the room in the morning and are surrounded by a mosaic of over 800 tiles. It really helps them gain an appreciation for the Army’s size and scope.”
    Adams said he sees this quest as a never-ending hobby.
    “I’m sure we’ll hit 1,000 tiles shortly,” he said. “With the help of the internet, I’m routinely stumbling upon new pockets of information that will generate more tiles.”
    Regarding his wife’s involvement, Lyle fondly explains that Julia is the “magnet lady” in the building process — cutting and applying more than 200 feet of magnetic tape so far.
    The Army Management Staff College educates and develops the Army Civilian Corps for leadership and management responsibilities throughout the Army and serves as executive agent for the Army Civilian Education System. The CES Advanced Course is a student-centered, instructor-facilitated, experiential-based adult learning experience that prepares senior grade (GS-13/14/15) Army civilian leaders to assume increasing levels of responsibility and leadership within organizations through resident and distributed learning methods.
    Additionally, AMSC offers the two-week Basic Course (for GS-9s and below), the three-week Intermediate Course (for GS-10/11/12) and the one-week Continuing Education for Senior Leaders (for GS-14/15) as well as several courses via distance learning, including the Foundations Course, the Action Officers Development Course, the Organizational Leader Development Course, the Management Development Course, the Supervisor Development Course and the Supervisor Development Course – Executive Level. Army civilians interested in attending CES courses can find more information at https://usacac.army.mil/organizations/cace/amsc.
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