Excellence Weekly: Transforming Education Through Trust, Feedback, and Continuous Improvement

Start the week with inspiring stories, strategies and upcoming events dedicated to fostering student success and cultures of continuous improvement.


  1. Discover the transformative impact of a trust-centered culture on student success—learn how Superintendent David Shimer and Studer Education’s strategic plan elevated math proficiency, academic performance, and college readiness in the Burton School District.
  2. Listen to the Accelerate Your Performance Podcast to learn effective strategies empowering employees to initiate conversations with leaders, cultivating a culture of continuous improvement.
  3. Unlock the keys to continuous improvement at DHP Estacada this spring. Register now to gain invaluable insights from academic and operational leaders, collaborate with peers, and embark on a journey to enhance your district’s performance from the boardroom to the classroom.


Case Study

Burton School District: A Culture of Trust Impacts Student Success


A superintendent sought an unconventional solution that would work for teachers and students when his schools faced critically low math proficiency.


To boost academic performance and college readiness in the Burton School District, Superintendent David Shimer partnered with Studer Education to create a strategic plan. The plan focused on innovative math teaching methods, leadership development, new learning systems, and accountability among staff. Using resources from the local California NSI and Studer Education’s expertise, the district has achieved significant results, with math scores surpassing the state average and California college acceptances increasing from 45% to 70%.

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Accelerate Your Performance Podcast

Improving Culture and Performance Through Feedback


Gain valuable insights and learn practical strategies on planning for and delivering constructive feedback to achieve positive outcomes.


In this week’s episode, Dr. Janet Pilcher, author of Hardwiring Excellence in Education, explores the art of constructive feedback with Jon Malone, the Director and CEO of the Northwestern Illinois Association. Jon shares insights into creating a decision-impact conversation template that empowers employees to initiate feedback conversations with leaders, fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

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 22 min


April 17-18, 2024 • Estacada, Oregon

Destination High Performance Estacada School District


Continuous Improvement From the Boardroom to the Classroom


Gain insights from academic leaders, operational leaders, and teachers on successfully implementing continuous improvement practices, from district-level strategies to classroom execution. Learn from Estacada staff and teachers about what has proven effective in their improvement process. Seize the opportunity to engage with peers, ask questions, and establish a starting point for implementing improvements in your own district and schools.

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