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Doug Stilwell

DOUG STILWELL

Leader Coach

Doug serves as a coach for educational leaders across the nation. He leverages his expertise and commitment to systems improvement to help schools and school systems improve results in student learning and organizational effectiveness. His passion for systems leadership was ignited in 2002 by a week-long learning opportunity with Dr. Peter Senge.

During his career as a school principal at Phenix Elementary in the West Des Moines (IA) Community School District, the school was recognized for its outstanding performance with the state’s First in the Nation in Education Award. It was during his tenure as superintendent of the Urbandale Community School District that he was able to fully operationalize a systems approach to continual improvement, resulting in the district’s highest levels of student achievement in 17 years. During his tenure, Urbandale achieved Bronze level recognition at the state level of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.

Doug contributes to the work of the Deming Institute, having served as a presenter and panel member at three of its annual conferences. He has also been a multiple-time guest speaker on the Deming podcast. In 2016, Doug established the Drake Continual Improvement Network, an organization whose focus is to support school leaders in “getting better at getting better.” Doug’s one-on-one coaching has supported multiple school principals in their successful transition from the classroom to the principalship.

EDUCATION

Ed.D. Educational Leadership | Drake University
Ed.D. Educational Administration | Drake University
M.S. Elementary Administration | Northwest Missouri State University
B.A. Elementary Education | Buena Vista University

AWARDS

2011 School of Education Outstanding Alumni | Drake University

2018 Administrator Award |Iowa High School Athletic Association

EXPERTISE

Leadership Development, Continuous Improvement, Process Improvement, Systems Thinking, Systems Leadership

FRAMEWORKS

Evidence-Based Leadership, Nine Principles for Organizational Excellence, Plan Do Study Act

BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE

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Joined Studer Education
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School Superintendent
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Assistant Superintendent
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Elementary School Principal
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Elementary School Teacher

PUBLISHED WORK

The Landry Principle
The Deming Institute, 2017

Trust As A Systemic Structure in Our Organizations
The Systems Thinker, 2003

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