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Texas 2020

School Research Nexus Leadership Symposium 

July 22-24, 2020 – San Antonio, TX


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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 at 1 PM with the option of morning group activity and ending with an evening reception. A full day of sessions on Thursday including breakfast, lunch and reception. Friday half-day session.

Leadership Symposium Speakers



Flip FlippenFlip 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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Amy MinerDr. Amy Miner

Former Education Consultant and Curriculum Director, Alpine School District, Utah / Newly appointed Chief Curriculum Officer, Studies Weekly

Dr. Amy Miner brings K-16 education experience to her role as the Chief Curriculum Officer at Studies Weekly. She has taught and worked with teachers in elementary, middle, secondary and university settings for over 25 years in Utah, Texas, and Colorado. Amy has her bachelor of science degree in elementary education, a master's degree in children's literature, and a doctorate degree in curriculum and instructional design. She has consulted for multiple school districts in multiple states. Just prior to Studies Weekly, she provided professional development training and curriculum consulting, and conducted research on integrated instruction and deep learning with Alpine School District. Amy has presented all over the United States and Canada, and provided instructional design feedback for schools in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Uruguay. Amy has published several articles related to social studies, literacy, and the arts. Amy lives with her husband and four children in Lindon, Utah. In her spare time she loves to garden, ski, and read.


Dr. HooperDr. 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.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

7:00 AM

Optional Group Activity

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

7:00 PM

“No Host” Dinner – Small Group Dinners

Thursday, July 23, 2020

7:15 AM


8:00 AM

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

Keynote Speaker

Superintendent Insight and Initiatives

Roundtable Discussions

12:00 PM


1:00 PM

Keynote Speaker

Roundtable Discussions

4:00 PM

Personal Reflection Time

6:30 PM

Networking Reception

Friday July 24, 2020

7:15 AM


8:15 AM


Interactive Issue Groups – Session I   

Interactive Issue Groups – Session II                

11:30 AM

Closing Remarks








Venue Information

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

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