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Connecting Social-Emotional Development, Academic Achievement, and On-Track Outcomes

Connecting Social-Emotional Development, Academic Achievement, and On-Track Outcomes

Connecting Social-Emotional Development, Academic Achievement, and On-Track Outcomes: A Multi-District Study of Grades 3 to 10 Students Supported by City Year AmeriCorps Members May 20, 2020By Robert Balfanz and Vaughan Byrnes There is a growing understanding that an integrated approach to social, emotional, and academic development provides the best path toward ensuring all students graduate […]

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After COVID-19: Recalibrating the American educational system

After COVID-19: Recalibrating the American educational system

After COVID-19: Recalibrating the American educational system When assessing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s school systems, Johns Hopkins education reformer Bob Balfanz sees a light on the horizon By Andrew MyersApril 7, 2020 The closure of schools midsemester and the transition to online learning have forced a great reckoning in American […]

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COVID-19 Is Exposing the Gaps in Our Education System. Let’s Start Fixing Them

COVID-19 Is Exposing the Gaps in Our Education System. Let’s Start Fixing Them

The coronavirus crisis is a powerful opportunity to reassess public education By John Bridgeland & Robert BalfanzMarch 27, 2020 Follow this link to read the full article on Education Week As COVID-19 spreads throughout America, urgent action is being taken at the federal, state, and local levels to support our health-care system and economy. But as […]

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Keeping Secondary School Students Connected to School When Schooling is Remote

Keeping Secondary School Students Connected to School When Schooling is Remote

As more and more schools close in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, its important to consider how to keep all students connected to school when it is remote. Robert Balfanz, director of the Everyone Graduates Center and research professor at the Center for Safe and Healthy School at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, highlights […]

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A career dedicated to improving educational outcomes

A career dedicated to improving educational outcomes

For 20 years, Johns Hopkins School of Education researcher Bob Balfanz has worked to help students make it through high school. Now he’s turned his attention to helping them succeed in college. By Andrew Myers, written for The HubFollow this link for the full story. When Bob Balfanz stepped to the podium to open the Pathways to Adult […]

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2019 Building a Grad Nation Report: Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates

2019 Building a Grad Nation Report: Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates

New In-Depth Analysis of High School Graduation Rates Reveals Progress is Real, But Slowing, Indicating Urgency to Double Down on Equity Gaps The ‘Building a Grad Nation’ Report’s First-Ever Secondary School Improvement Index Shows More Than Two Thirds of States Have Increased Graduation Rates and Other Measures Of Academic Achievement, Mitigating Concerns Around Diminished Graduation […]

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Join us for the release of the Building a Grad Nation report

Join us for the release of the Building a Grad Nation report

June 11, 20199:00am – 11:30am Alliance for Excellent Education1201 Connecticut Avenue NorthwestSuite #901 (Ninth Floor)Washington, DC 20036 REGISTER HERE The convening partners of the GradNation campaign—America’s Promise Alliance, The Alliance for Excellent Education, Civic, and the Everyone Graduates Center—invite you to learn more about the current state of high school graduation in our country. The […]

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EdNext Podcast: Supporting Social and Emotional Development to Boost Academic Success

EdNext Podcast: Supporting Social and Emotional Development to Boost Academic Success

April 10, 2019 Some believe that growing interest in social and emotional learning is just a distraction from the academic mission of schools, but Robert Balfanz argues that only by educating the whole child can schools prepare students for adult success. Today Marty West talks with Balfanz about why he thinks social and emotional learning […]

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Should Schools Embrace Social Emotional Learning?

Should Schools Embrace Social Emotional Learning?

Calls for schools to pay heed to children’s social and emotional learning have proliferated in recent years. Is the current enthusiasm for educating the “whole learner” a much-needed correction to the narrow concentration on academic skills in the modern reform era? Or is it a misguided retreat from academic rigor and an attempt to sidestep […]

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Boston Opportunity Agenda report validates College, Career and Life Readiness metrics, and connections between high school course work, college and career success

Boston Opportunity Agenda report validates College, Career and Life Readiness metrics, and connections between high school course work, college and career success

Report tracking Boston Public Schools students finds high GPA, MassCore curriculum and attendance are predictors of success after graduation. The latest report, College, Career and Life Readiness: A Look at High School Indicators of Post-Secondary Outcomes in Boston, by Robert Blafanz and Vaughan Byrnes in partnership with the Boston Opportunity Agenda and Boston Public Schools, […]

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