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


$435 for AWSA members and $585 for non-members 


Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the School Leader Paradigm to understand the personal, social and systems intelligences needed to effectively lead a learning organization.

  2. Learn strategies for building relationships with all stakeholders.

  3. Understand how to assess local context and culture.

  4. Explore personal and organizational management systems.

  5. Establish a professional learning network for growth and support. 

Leading Objectives:

  1. Impart your why, both verbally and nonverbally, through multiple communication channels.

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

  3. Identify your school’s most critical problems of practice within the School Leader Paradigm domains.

  4. Develop clear processes for time and task management.

  5. Identify and connect with your PLN thought leaders and accountability partners. 

Participants in the New Building Administrator Academy also have the opportunity to work with a personal coach on a monthly basis at no additional cost. These coaches are current and former principals who have demonstrated leading schools of equity and excellence. 

Dates, Locations, and Schedule:

This academy includes three full-day seminars and four webinars. 

A Strong Start

August 12, 2022

8 AM – 3 PM

Ingleside Hotel, Waukesha

Full-Day Seminar Topics:

  • Your First 90 Days: Success Strategies for New Leaders

  • Your Entry Plan and IC Map

  • Managing a School, Part 1: Month to Month Checklists

  • Managing a School, Part II: Organizing Yourself and the Office Team

  • Building a Professional Network

Gaining Stride

September 21, 2022

1 – 2:30 PM


Webinar Topic:

  • Leading for Success for Students Receiving Special Education Services

Building Momentum

October 5, 2022

1 – 2:30 PM


Webinar Topics:

  • People, Purpose, and Priorities:  Three Leadership Tools to Increase Your Impact

  • The School Budget

  • Levels of Decision-Making / Decision-Making Process

Clearing Hurdles

November 10, 2022

8 AM – 3 PM

Jefferson St. Inn, Wausau

Full-Day Seminar Topics:

  • Communicating Your Why and Building Relationships

  • First Quarter Status Check: Reflecting Upon Your Entry and Living Your Priorities

  • 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

January 11, 2023

1 - 2:30 PM


Webinar Topics: 

  • Self-Care:  Managing Yourself in the Deep End of the Pool

  • Systems Assessment of Your School

Rounding the Bend

February 28, 2023

1 - 2:30 PM


Webinar Topic:

  • School Culture Assessment Exercise

Finishing Strongly

April 26, 2023

8 AM - 3 PM

Hilton Garden Inn,
Sun Prairie

Full-Day Seminar Topics: 

  • Self-Care, Part II:  The Role of Self-Care in Your Leading and Living to Date

  • Balanced Analysis: Deepening Your Impact as a Learning Leader Through Effective Feedback

  • Coaching Conversations, Part II: Coaching for Improvement

  • Identifying Your School’s Most Critical Problem(s) of Practice

  • Networking and Idea Exchange

  • Supporting Your Biggest Priorities in 2023-24


Hotel Information:

April 26, 2023
Hilton Garden Inn
1220 S Grand Ave, Sun Prairie
Book Online here

Tax exempt certificates are to be presented at time of check-in. 


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.