Explore & expand grading practices

Next steps with standards-based grading

Looking to expand effective grading practices in your building or district? Prairie Lakes AEA has engaged Dr. Matt Townsley from Solon Community Schools to facilitate a four-day workshop focused on exploring, expanding, and enhancing grading practices.

School/district administrators and their leadership teams are encouraged to attend.


School leadership teams will develop a deeper understanding of grading shifts, assess their system's readiness for change, and develop a plan to scale standards-based grading across the building/district.


This four-day series will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 18-19 and March 28-29 in the Black Hawk Lake Conference Room at the Prairie Lakes AEA office in Pocahontas, 500 NE 6th St.


The workshop is free. Lunch is available for $10 per day.

About Dr. Matt Townsley

Dr. Matt Townsley has over a dozen years of educational experience as a high school math teacher, district administrator, and adjunct instructor. Through conferences, professional development and workshops, Matt 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.