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April 2020Elite Symposium – April 8-10, 2020 – 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, April 8, 2019. On Thursday we meet for a full day, and Friday we hold a half-day session ending by 11 am, concluding with lunch.


Flip Flippen

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. Continue Bio Here


Martha BurnsDr. Martha S. Burns
Noted neuroscientist, author, and leading expert on how children learn

Dr. Martha S. Burns has been a practicing speech language pathologist in the Chicago area for over 40 years. She serves on the Faculty of Northwestern University, in the area of behavioral and cognitive neuroscience.. Dr. Burns is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has received honors from Northwestern University, other universities, hospitals, professional organizations. She has authored 3 books and over 100 book chapters and articles Dr. Burns consults with many school districts around the world. She presents 75-100 invited in-services, keynotes, webinars and continuing education courses world-wide each year on neuroscience applications to education and clinical practice. Read More


Dr. Leslie BoozerDr. Leslie Boozer

Served in various executive leadership positions in PK-12 public schools in California,
Illinois and New York. As a former superintendent in California for six years, she is the Past President
of the California City School Superintendents.

Dr. Leslie Boozer is an educational leader with over twenty years experience in education and business. Currently working as a Professor of Practice at the University of San Diego and as an educational consultant, her work is anchored in her experience as an urban schools practitioner and researcher and focused on leading for equity and social justice.

Dr. Boozer has served in various executive leadership positions in PK-12 public schools in California, Illinois and New York. As a former superintendent in California for six years, she is the Past President of the California City School Superintendents. Dr. Boozer also worked closely with organizational leaders in multiple appointments to national organizations, including the Co-Chair of the AASA Collaborative for Innovation and Transformational Leadership, Superintendent Advisory Council for the Center for Digital Leadership, and as an active member of the National Superintendents Roundtable.

Prior to entering C-level school district positions, Dr. Boozer also served as the Program Instructional Coordinator and Group Facilitator for the Harvard Institute for School Leadership, wherein she worked with teams of leaders from across the globe as they identified their problems of practice and
defined an action plan for implementing change in their respective organizations. She is one of the authors and editors of the book, Every Child, Every Classroom, Every Day: School Leaders Who Are Making Equity a Reality (2011), which was published by Jossey-Bass in partnership with the
American Association of School Administrators and Education Week Press. Dr. Boozer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and history/political science from Cumberland College, her Master of Education in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and a Doctorate in Education in the Urban Superintendents Program from Harvard University.

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.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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, April 9, 2020

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, April 10, 2020

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.