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


$410 for AWSA members and $550 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 December 4, 2020. 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 2020-21 Professional Learning Catalog.


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. 


A Strong Start
August 10, 2020
8 AM – 3 PM
Virtual Session
A recording of this session is available for
those who start after this date.

  • 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

Building Momentum
October 6, 2020
1 – 2:30 PM

  • People, Purpose, and Priorities:  Three Leadership Tools to Increase Your Impact
  • The School Budget
  • Levels of Decision-Making

Clearing Hurdles
November 10, 2020
8 AM – 3 PM
Hilton Garden Inn

  • 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 12, 2021
1 - 2:30 PM

  • Becoming a Connected Educator
  • Self-Care, Part 1:  Developing Compassion Resilience
  • TBD by Participants

Finishing Your Year Strongly
April 27, 2021
8 AM – 3 PM
Holiday Inn
Stevens Point

  • 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 2021-22


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 will begin at 7:30 am with an 8 am welcome and a 3:30 pm dismissal. 

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, AWSA has changed the format for the first NBAA workshop on Aug. 10 from an in-person to a virtual (Zoom) session.  At this point, we are planning on hosting the remaining NBAA sessions in venues/formats as outlined below. 

Dates and Locations

Webinar Dates

August 10, 2020
Virtual Session

November 10, 2020
Hilton Garden Inn | Wausau

April 27, 2021
Holiday Inn | Stevens Point

October 6, 2020
1:00 - 2:30 PM

January 12, 2021
1:00 - 2:30 PM

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

*Please Note:

We will also offer a virtual learning option for the November and April NBAA sessions for those participants who might need/want this.


Hotel Information:

Aug 10, 2020
Hilton Garden Inn
1220 S Grand Ave Sun Prairie
Online code: AWSAB1
Call (608) 856-4500 ask for AWSA BEL Group rate

Nov 10, 2020
Hilton Garden Inn
2101 N Mountain Rd, Wausau
(715) 212-3732
Cut off: 10/10/2020
Ask for: Association of WI School Administrators
New Building Administrators Workshop III

April 27, 2021
Holiday Inn
1001 Amber Ave, Stevens Point
715-344-0200 and press #3
Cut off 3/27/2021
Ask for: Assn of WI School Administrators – AWSA


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. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Diane Brzezinski ([email protected]).