Dr. Matt Townsley

Dr. Matt Townsley is co-author of the book, Making Grades Matter: Standards-Based Grading in a Secondary PLC at Work (2020, Solution Tree). As a former district administrator and secondary teacher in the Solon Community School District (Solon, IA, USA), he has firsthand experience implementing and leading lasting grading and assessment reform. District Administration magazine named Solon Community Schools a district of distinction, and Solution Tree recognized multiple buildings in the district as model professional learning communities during his tenure. Through conferences, professional development and workshops, Matt has consulted with thousands of educators and parents on the topics of assessment and grading.  Dr. Townsley is currently an assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of Northern Iowa.