New Building Administrators Academy

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The New Building Administrators Academy provides the guidance, support, and networking necessary for school-level administrators to succeed in year one and beyond.

The NBAA does this by providing:

  • Just-in-time and ongoing professional learning throughout the course of the first year
  • Examples of best practices and thoughtful approaches that address major responsibilities of school-level leadership
  • An abundance of resources to assist with on-the-job questions, concerns, and experiences
  • A professional network of job-alike peers facilitated by first-rate administrative veterans 

Cost: $365 for AWSA members and $499 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, 2018. 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 2018-19 Professional Learning Catalog  

Coaching: Members of the New Building Administrator Academy have the opportunity to engage with a personal coach at no additional cost.  These coaches are current and former principals who have demonstrated leading schools of equity and excellence.


Knowledge Objectives


  1. Gain practical knowledge in areas important to new leaders including shaping school culture, supervising Educator Effectiveness, overseeing special education, managing budget and operations, and administering handbooks.


  1. Examine the value of a monthly checklist detailing specific administrative responsibilities through the course of a school year and demonstrate means for customizing this to the demands of the local context.


  1. Explore the potential applications and benefits of select change management and leadership tools upon local practice.


  1. Understand how to initiate/deepen access to a professional network, connecting with the people and resources that provide a growth and support system for an administrative career.


Practice Objectives


  1. Construct an entry plan that matches components of leadership to the unique contextual needs of the organization.


  1. Develop a high-impact weekly calendar that focuses on key year-one goals and prioritized efforts that emphasize proactive rather than reactive leadership 


  1. Apply questioning techniques and coaching strategies that lead to educator reflection on practice and impact. 


A Strong Start
Thurs, Aug. 9, 2018
8 AM – 3 PM
Sheraton Hotel

  • Developing Leadership Credibility and Impact from Entry Onward
  • Getting Acquainted: The People, the Place, the Culture
  • Month-to-Month Checklists
  • Leading for Success of Students with Disabilities
  • Managing a School
  • Building a Professional Network / Your AWSA Resources

Building Momentum
Tues, Oct. 9, 2018
1 – 2:30 PM

  • People, Purpose, and Priorities—3 Leadership Tools to Increase Impact
  • The School Budget and Levels of Decision-Making

Clearing Hurdles
Wed, Nov. 7, 2018
8 AM – 3 PM
Holiday Inn South
Eau Claire

  • First Quarter Status Check:  Reflecting Upon Your Entry and Living Your Priorities
  • Phase of Change and Leading for Performance Improvement
  • Legal Support / Handbook Administration and Employee Discipline 
  • Coaching Conversations, Part 1: Entry Points and Human Capital
  • Networking and Idea Exchange / Check-in on Educator Effectiveness

A Second Wind
Tues, Jan. 29, 2019
1 - 2:30 PM

  • Becoming a Connected Educator
  • Self-care
  • TBD by Participants

Finishing Your Year Strongly
Wed, May 1, 2019
8 AM – 3 PM
The Ingleside Hotel

  • Professional Advocacy and Communications Support
  • Balanced Analysis: Deepening Your impact as a Learning Leader through Effective Feedback
  • Coaching Conversations, Part II: Coaching for Improvement
  • Legal Hot Topics:  Navigating Bullying and Cyber Challenges
  • Networking and Idea Exchange
  • Supporting Your Biggest Priorities in 2019-20 


Dates and Locations:  This academy includes three full-day workshops and two webinars. The workshops begin at 7:30 with registration and breakfast. The workshop itself runs 8:00-3:00.

Dates and Locations

Webinar Dates

August 9, 2018
Sheraton Hotel, Madison
706 John Nolen Drive
(608) 251-2300
$149 by 7/11/18

November 7, 2018
Holiday Inn-South, Eau Claire
4751 Owen Ayres Court
(715) 830-9889

May 1, 2019

The Ingleside Hotel
(262) 547-0201
AWSA block

October 9, 2018
1:00 - 2:30 PM

January 29, 2019
1:00 - 2:30 PM

(link to join webinars will be
sent out to attendees the week 
before the webinar begins)


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.

Each year in August, DPI and the Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS) host a two-day training opportunity for New Directors of Special Education.  During this academy, DPI staff and WCASS members present sessions addressing a variety of procedural and relevant topics regarding service to special education students.

This year, for the first time, AWSA's New Building Administrators are invited to attend afternoon sessions of the New Special Education Leaders Academy on August 8 for a discounted fee of $25. These sessions will take place in the Madison area the day before the New Building Administrators Academy launches on August 9

So if you are interested and available, find out more and/or register through this link: New Special Education Leadership page.  If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Diane Gyorog at [email protected].