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Elite Symposium – April 13-15, 2022 Laguna Beach, CA


School Research Nexus is excited to welcome our top-tier performing SRN members (and nominees) to this year’s Spring Symposium! We value your expertise and collaboration at the symposium, proving solutions to problems facing today’s educational leaders. We are excited for you to hear the nationally recognized speakers and experts who will re-energize and inspire you to new levels of leadership commitment.

Twice annually for over thirty years, a group of top superintendents have met at the Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, California. The purpose of the symposium is discovery and promulgation of world class educational best practices, and business solutions to meet the needs of America’s educational systems. A select group of educational leaders from some of the nation’s premier schools is also invited to participate. In addition to content delivery, these meetings allow participants to network and forge positive relationships. School Research Nexus seeks individuals of high potential who are willing to answer the call for Leadership Excellence. 

The School Research Nexus symposium will again be held at the Laguna Beach Surf and Sand Resort.

For additional information  please contact Stephanie Lonon


Insight & Initiates Superintendent Presentation Panels, it's a chance for leaders to share short powerful stories about the initiatives they’re driving in their districts and what they’ve learned (or are learning) in the process. Followed by an exchange to gather thoughts and questions to respond back, panel style. 

Superintendent-Led Issue Discussion Panels bring together top talent group of experts to share and build upon each other's experience.  

More top-notch speakers to be announced. You will not want to miss this truly outstanding program 

It is our goal to connect the top “movers and shakers” in education with other superintendents and with the leaders of the leading industries providing solutions to school needs. 

We begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday. On Thursday we meet for a full day, and Friday we hold a half-day session ending by 11 am, concluding with lunch.






Wednesday ( Tentative Timeline )

1:00 PM

Opening Remarks, Don Hooper, Ph.D. SRN Executive Director


Welcome Introductions


Opening Keynote Speaker


Roundtable Discussions

4:30 PM

Personal Reflection Time

6:15 PM

Welcome Reception: Catalina Terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean

(bring your sunglasses for the beautiful sunset)

7:00 PM

“No Host” Dinner – Small Group Dinners

Thursday ( Tentative Timeline )

7:15 AM


8:00 AM

Opening Remarks, Don Hooper, Ph.D. SRN Executive Director


Welcome Introductions (additional)


Keynote Speaker


Superintendent Insight and Initiatives


Roundtable Discussions

12:00 PM

Lunch: Catalina Terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean

1:00 PM

Keynote Speaker


Roundtable Discussions

4:00 PM

Personal Reflection Time

6:30 PM

Networking Reception

7:00 PM

Banquet Dinner

Friday ( Tentative Timeline )

7:15 AM


8:15 AM


Interactive Issue Groups – Session I   

Interactive Issue Groups – Session II                

11:30 AM

Closing Lunch


Surf & Sand Resort

Located directly on 500 feet of California’s pristine Laguna Beach, Surf & Sand Resort offers private oceanfront balconies, exquisite coastal dining, an award-winning spa and more. From those looking for a family adventure to couples and friends seeking a pure relaxing getaway, Surf & Sand Resort has you covered.

Our oceanfront hotel in California resembles a sun-washed Mediterranean Village. We offer 167 beachfront guest rooms, including 13 Laguna Beach suites, all of which feature stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. We also offer meeting and event space, perfect for occasions like corporate retreats or your dream wedding. Surf & Sand Laguna Beach Hotel is the perfect space for your getaway. Thank you to everyone who voted for us in the Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. All those votes have landed us a spot in the Top 25Opens a New Window. for best resorts in all of Southern California! We look forward to enhancing your guest experience in the new year.