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Participants of AWSA’s New Building Administrators Academy (NBAA) regularly provide strong feedback, where more than 90% attest to the positive impact that the NBAA’s timely, tailored, and relevant cohort learning approach has had upon the launching of their administrative careers in year one.

The BEL Academy is designed to support principals and associate principals through a similar cohort approach three times during the school year for relevant, ongoing learning specifically designed for leaders serving in years 2-5 who want an integrated, cohort approach to leadership development rather than a deep dive into a specific area of the work that is typically provided by one of our existing AWSA Academies.  Research shows that the greatest amount of principal turnover occurs during these crucial years.  The BEL Academy is focused on not just helping a leader survive this critical career window, but thrive as an effective and balanced learning leader who is developing a learning organization.

Also, for first time, 2019-20 BEL Academy participants will have the option of working with a certified coach on a monthly basis at no additional cost.

Please note: although the BEL Academy is targeted for supporting leaders in years 2-5 of their administrative journey, this academy is open to any experienced administrator who wants to meet the following objectives through BEL’s cohort approach.


$599 for AWSA members and $809 for non-members

Wisconsin school leaders will be reimbursed up to 75% of the registration fee for completing an eligible Academy (will not be less than 50%). Reimbursement is limited and will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis and eligibility is limited to licensed and practicing public or private school administrators. Registration must be paid in full by November 30, 2019. Reimbursements will be processed at the completion of the Academy.

If you are not certain if you qualify for this reimbursement or if you have questions, please call the AWSA office at 608-241-0300. You can also find out more in our 2019-20 Professional Learning Catalog.


Knowledge Objectives:

  1. Clarify and integrate who you are and what you do so that you can authentically live your purpose and maximize your role as a learning leader.
  2. Gain means for effectively addressing complex issues of school culture, thereby liberating and cultivating a collective capacity to serve every student well.
  3. Expand your toolbox for leading deep change that navigates the long implementation bridge and leverages distributed leadership.
  4. Grow your legacy by accessing knowledge and skill in growth-focused supervision and critical conversations. 

Practice Objectives:

  1. Apply cycles of inquiry to the most critical problems of practice in your school so that you can leverage results and model the life of continuous growth as a learning leader developing a learning organization.
  2. Operationalize time and process management techniques into a high-impact weekly calendar that promotes proactive (rather than reactive) leadership and focuses upon achievement of your key leadership goals.
  3. Embed habits and disciplines of self-care that help you lead an effective and sustainable career without losing your wholeness as a human being.
  4. Actively build a professional learning network (PLN) that provides inspiration and support for ongoing transformational leadership.

Dates and Locations: 

This Academy includes three two-day workshops taking place throughout the year. The workshops begin at 7:30 with registration and breakfast. The workshop itself runs 8:00-3:00.

Dates and Locations

July 29-30, 2019
Holiday Inn @ TAC | Madison

October 28-29, 2019
Holiday Inn @ TAC | Madison

February 24-25, 2020
Holiday Inn @ TAC | Madison


Hotel Information:

Holiday Inn at the American Center

Holiday Inn @ TAC

5109 W Terrace Dr,
Madison, WI 53718
Phone:  (608) 249-4220

Feb 23-24, 2020
The room rate is $82
Block: AW2


Other Information:

Cancellation Policy: Full refund of fees will be made on cancellations received 10 days prior to the start of the convention. Following that date, a 40% administrative fee will be retained. There will be no refund for no-shows or cancellations during the event. 

Accessibility: For questions about accessibility or to request special assistance during the event, please contact Kathy Gilbertson at [email protected]. Three weeks advance notice is required to allow us to provide seamless access. If you need to cancel the special request this must be done at least 3 working days prior to the start of the event. See registration cancellation policy for how to cancel your conference registration.

Questions? For questions on registration, payment, or general information please call the AWSA offices at 608-241-0300.