These leaders in their field meet monthly on the campus of Lamar University to discuss relevant topics, such as school finance, vouchers and innovative strategies for instruction, while building capacity as future leaders for their school districts and anticipated initiatives.
The philosophy of the academy is built on the premise from the book Good To Great, written by Jim Collins. He states “Good is the enemy of great and when we become good, we tend to settle for good, but greatness is not a function of circumstance.”
An observation trip was attended by Hooker and other superintendents last month in New York City where visits were made to various NYC public schools, Brown University and the site of the origination of the atomic bomb and creation of the Manhattan Project.
Through Hooker's participation in this academy, the Thrall ISD Board of Trustees will also have the opportunity to meet and share with the boards from other districts in the academy. Mr. Hooker stated “this is an awesome opportunity for our trustees to work as a Team of 8 (an annual training requirement required by TEA) with other board trustees in the planning process while representing Thrall ISD and our district accomplishments!”
The conference is scheduled for February 17-19, 2017 in San Antonio, and Ian Jukes will be the main presenter.