Nathan Wear

Nathan L. Wear is the associate superintendent and chief academic officer of Linn-Mar CSD in Marion, Iowa, a district of nearly 8,000 students. An educator since 2002, he has also served as an elementary teacher, elementary principal and high school principal.

Nathan is the coauthor of Making Grades Matter: Standards-Based Grading in a Secondary PLC at Work®.

As principal of Solon High School in Solon, Iowa, he and his staff championed grading reform efforts and implemented standards-based grading within a professional learning community. During that time, his staff was recognised as a national model professional learning community. In 2014, Newsweek recognised Solon High School on its annual list of America’s Best High Schools.

Nathan is an active member of the School Administrators of Iowa, a statewide organisation committed to providing support and development for Iowa’s school leaders. His strong belief that leading a positive organisational culture through high accountability has resulted in marked improvement in the schools where he has worked.

He has presented throughout Iowa and Minnesota to principals, teachers, superintendents and other school leaders on topics ranging from standards-based grading to professional learning communities, and has provided school leaders with valuable professional development in those areas.

Nathan received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Wartburg College and a master’s degree in educational administration from Texas State University. He received his superintendent endorsement from the University of Northern Iowa.

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  1. Making Grades Matter: Standards-Based Grading in a Secondary PLC at Work

    In Making grades matter: Standards-based grading in a secondary PLC at Work®, authors Matt Townsley and Nathan L Wear offer a road map for implementing standards-based grading in professional learning community (PLC). They provide all the actionable ideas and tools that collaborative teams need to transition to this effective, research-backed grading system and ensure gradebooks have clarity and purpose. With the support of this practical guide, secondary educators will maximise student learning outcomes, thereby achieving unprecedented success.

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