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July 24-26, 2019 – San Antonio, TX

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  • Early Bird Price until May 15, 2019 $165 per registration
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  • Registration Fee After May 15th $195


For more than 30 years, School Research Nexus (SRN) has been educating, inspiring, and connecting the country's top-performing school superintendents through symposia. By focusing on the latest in education research and the best in academic resources, these symposia bring together some of the brightest minds to solve the educational challenges of today’s schools. Join us, and find out how YOU can enhance yourself as an educator and become the transformational leader your schools need!

The symposium starts on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at 1 PM with the option of morning golf and ending with an evening reception. A full day of sessions on Thursday, July 25, 2019 including breakfast, lunch and reception. Friday, July 26, 2019 half-day session.

Leadership Symposium Speakers

Dr. Wall

Dr. Leigh Wall

Superintendent Santa Fe ISD, Santa Fe, Texas

Leigh Wall serves as superintendent of schools for Santa Fe Independent School District in Santa Fe, Texas. She has completed 11 years in this district and 35 years as an educator in Texas and Louisiana. Santa Fe ISD is located in Galveston County and is a rural district serving approximately 5000 students.

Prior to her appointment as superintendent of schools, Leigh served in leadership positions as teacher and administrator at elementary, junior high, and high school levels.  In addition, experiences as a coach, drill team, and cheer director, as well as teaching assignments at all levels have provided a broad range of experiences to support district leadership.

Leigh holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Science in Education from Louisiana State University, a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Walden University.


Flip Flippen
Founder and Chairman, Flippen Group

Flip is founder and chairman of Flippen Group, one of the fastest-growing educator training, corporate talent, and team development companies in North America. Flippen associates give themselves relentlessly each day to “Building relationships and processes that bring out the best in people.”

Flip and his wife Susan, who is CEO, were named Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year, the only couple to ever receive this prestigious award. Previous recipients include Howard Schultz (Starbucks), Pierre Omidyar (eBay, Inc.), Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn), and other fast-growth companies. Founded in 1990, Flippen Group was chosen by Texas Monthly magazine as #2 in the listing of Best Companies to Work For in Texas. The company’s breakthrough educational curricula and processes are used in thousands of schools nationwide, and their business division works with multinational and global companies around the world, enhancing performance and outcomes. Their leadership development and organizational consulting work has delivered dramatic improvements in professional sports teams and government organizations such as the US Army Corps of Engineers.

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Leadership Magazine on Student Safety our everyday challenge

Association of California School Superintendents 

We need a bigger clicker by Flip Flippen, Founder and Chairman of the Flippen Group

Co-Authored by Dr. Mike Holt, National Director of Education

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Buck Gilcrease

Dr. Buck Gilcrease, Moak, Casey & Associates​

Buck Gilcrease Joins Moak, Casey & Associates with almost 30 years of experience in Texas public schools, serving the last 15 as a superintendent first in a small, rural district, then in a mid-sized district and lastly in a multi-high school, fast growth district. He has extensive successful experience in navigating his district through all areas of school finance and accountability including bond elections, TREs, budget planning, implementing Teacher Incentive programs and raising student performance on academic measures. 


Dr. Don Hooper, Executive Director School Research Nexus

Dr. Hooper is the Executive Director of School Research Nexus and currently serves on two private school boards and two corporate boards. Dr. Hooper has over 45 years’ experience in public education, serving 33 years as an educator, instructional leader, and district administrator. He served 25 years as superintendent in five school districts ranging in size from 110 students to 60,000 students. He also has experience working with boards of education to formulate school district policy, develop and implement strategic plans, and oversee day-to-day school district administration and operations.

Dr. Hooper was named Texas Superintendent of the Year in 1995 and Educator of the Month by Texas School Business Magazine in September, 1994. He was the 2001-02 president of the American Association of School Administrators and has served as an adjunct professor for the Department of School Administration/Supervision in the University of Houston System, The University of North Texas, and The University of Texas at Austin. In 2002, he delivered the “Lord Alexander Memorial Address” to the British Society of Education Officers at Cambridge University, UK and has been on numerous international study missions to Ministries of Education in Europe, Singapore and Vietnam. He continues to be active in education leadership circles.


Venue Information

La Cantera Resort, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78256

Booking Link Hotel Group Booking Rate $189+tax

La Cantera Resort & Spa is a Hill Country oasis featuring two world-class golf courses, five sparkling heated pools, luxurious cabañas, state of the art fitness center, destination spa, and more. Additionally, the resort is ideally located – only 20 minutes from the San Antonio International Airport and offers a complimentary shuttle the city's finest shopping and other exciting attractions. 

"Ranked #2 on the “Top 30 Resorts in North America” and among the “Top 50 Golf Resorts in the U.S.” by Conde Nast Traveler"

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Adventure & Thrills Nearby

So you want to wander away from the resort for a few hours or an entire day? There are a variety of San Antonio attractions nearby to suit every taste.

These thrills and premier shopping are just minutes from the resort and La Cantera Resort offers a complimentary shuttle for guests to enjoy various attractions surrounding the resort. 

The shuttle drops guests off at the Shops at La Cantera, The Rim Shopping Center, Top Golf,  Six Flags Fiesta Texas and the Palmer Golf Course.

  • San Antonio Riverwalk
  • San Antonio Zoo
  • Seaworld
  • Botanical Garden
  • The Alamo
  • Witte Museum
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas