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), and American Secondary Education. He has been featured or quoted on The Christian Science Monitor, CNN.com, The Washington Post, California public radio, the Center for Digital EducationEducation Week, and a number of other media outlets.

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).

In addition to his current full-time role as an assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of Northern Iowa, his experiences include teaching high school math, working as a district administrator (Solon Community Schools), and serving on the Iowa Department of Education’s Competency-Based Education Task Force.  Personal hobbies include running, reading, and keeping up with technology innovations.