About Matt

Through conferences, professional development and workshops,  Dr. Matt Townsley has consulted with thousands of teachers and administrators across the country on the topics of assessment and standards-based grading.  In 2017, Mr. Townsley was named Iowa’s Central Office Administrator of the year and in 2014, he was recognized as an ASCD Emerging Leader.  Matt’s writing has been published in journals such as Educational Leadership (ASCD), School Administrator (AASA)NASSP Bulletin, and American Secondary Education. He has been featured or quoted on The Christian Science Monitor, CNN.com, The Washington Post, California and Kansas public radio, the Center for Digital EducationEducation Week, as well as presented at the Learning Forward Annual Conference and the National Conference on Education.  As a former teacher and administrator, Matt has experienced first hand the benefits (and challenges!) of moving towards more effective grading practices.

Matt’s formal education includes an Ed.D. in school improvement (University of West Georgia), Advanced Studies Certificate in Educational Leadership (University of Northern Iowa), M.Ed. in curriculum and instructional technology (Iowa State University), and a BA in mathematics education (Wartburg College).

Dr. Townsley is currently an assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of Northern Iowa.