Peer-reviewed articles

Townsley, M. (in press). Considering standards-based grading: Challenges for school leaders. Journal of School Administration Research and Development.

Townsley, M. (2019). Walking the talk: Embedding standards-based grading in an educational leadership course. Journal of Research Initiatives, 4(2). Retrieved from

Townsley, M. & Varga, M. (2018). Getting high school students ready for college: A quantitative study of standards-based grading practices. Journal of Research in Education, 28(1), 92-112.

Peters, R., Kruse, J., Buckmiller, T., & Townsley, M. (2017). “It’s just not fair!” Making sense of secondary students’ resistance to a standards-based grading initiative. American Secondary Education, 45(3), 9-28.

Editor-reviewed articles
Townsley, M. (2018). Mastery-minded grading in secondary schools. School Administrator, 75(2), 16-21.

Townsley, M. (2017). Three lessons for schools shifting their grading. School Administrator, 74(1), 27.

Townsley, M. (2015). Peter Miller: Building a districtwide PLC vision through repeated story. Curriculum in Context, 41(1), 10-12.

Townsley, M. (2013). Redesigning grading — districtwide. Educational Leadership, 71(4), 68-71. 2.

Townsley, M. (2012). Differentiated technology professional development. Tech & Learning, 32(11), 66. 3.

Townsley, M. (2008). A dynamic parallelogram investigation using Geometer’s Sketchpad. Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics Journal, 35, 9-15.

Additional writing

Townsley, M. (2019, April). Leaders of relationship building: Listening is a part of leading. Iowa ASCD: The Source, 19(7).

Townsley, M. (2018, October). Leaders of professional development: Moving towards a process rather than event. Iowa ASCD: The Source, 18(15).

Townsley, M. (2018, September). Leaders of processes: Making every professional learning opportunity count. Iowa ASCD: The Source, 18(13).

Townsley, M. (2017, December). Leaders of data analysis: More than crunching numbers. Iowa ASCD: The Source, 17(21).

Townsley, M. (2017, November). What does it mean to be a leader of curriculum, instruction, and assessment? Iowa ASCD: The Source, 17(20).

Townsley, M. (2017, November). Join us on the (curriculum) journey. Iowa ASCD: The Source, 17(19).

Townsley, M. (2017, January). So, you want to become a curriculum lead? Iowa ASCD: The Source, 17(2).

Townsley, M. (2016, February). Attacking initiative fatigue. Iowa ASCD: The Source, 16(3).

Townsley, M. (2014, December). Smarter Balanced Assessments: Implications for Iowa school leaders. Iowa ASCD: The Source, 14(21).

Townsley, M. (2014, November). State standards under review: Implications for school leaders. Iowa ASCD: The Source, 14(20).