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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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The Education of Omarina – The Story Continues

The Education of Omarina – The Story Continues

In PART THREE of The Education of Omarina, FRONTLINE continues the story they have been following since 2012. The story shows how an innovative program to stem the high school dropout crisis has affected one girl’s journey, from a public middle school in the Bronx to an elite New England private school, and now on to college. Watch part three […]

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Want To Make A School Better?

Want To Make A School Better?

Bob Balfanz cites chronic absenteeism as “the biggest thing in school improvement that people have not paid attention to” on NPR’s Morning Edition. Click here to listen to the NPR broadcast, “Want to Make A School Better? Get Kids to Show Up”

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Getting Back on-Track: Early Warning Indicator Analysis of High School & Post-Secondary Outcomes San Jose Unified School District

Getting Back on-Track: Early Warning Indicator Analysis of High School & Post-Secondary Outcomes San Jose Unified School District

This study was conducted by the Everyone Graduates Center (EGC) of the School of Education, Johns Hopkins University, with support from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) of Brown University through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the College and Career Readiness Indicator (CRIS) effort which it sponsored.   The study was carried out […]

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Fixing No Child Left Behind: Innovation to Better Meet the Needs of Students (Roundtable)

Fixing No Child Left Behind: Innovation to Better Meet the Needs of Students (Roundtable)

Dr. Robert Balfanz testified before the US Senate HELP Committee on February 3, 2015. The hearing was a roundtable on Fixing No Child Left Behind: Innovation to Better Meet the Needs of Students. The hearing was live streamed via the HELP website. It can be found here. Read a transcript of Dr. Balfanz’ testimony, available […]

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New York City Finds Success in Cutting Chronic Absenteeism in School

New York City Finds Success in Cutting Chronic Absenteeism in School

Meeting the Challenge of Combating Chronic Absenteeism Impact of the NYC Mayor’s Interagency Task Force on Chronic Absenteeism and School Attendance and Its Implications for Other Cities By Robert Balfanz and Vaughan Byrnes Mentors, wake-up calls to students, incentives and weekly “student success” meetings led by principals helped New York City significantly cut chronic absenteeism in […]

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Implementing Ninth Grade Academies in Broward County, Florida

Implementing Ninth Grade Academies in Broward County, Florida

With funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, researchers from MDRC and Johns Hopkins University partnered with Florida’s Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) in 2009 to launch an independent evaluation of the district’s initiative to implement Ninth Grade Academies (NGAs) in every district high school. An NGA is a self-contained learning […]

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Grad Nation Community Guidebook provides roadmap for communities and states

Grad Nation Community Guidebook provides roadmap for communities and states

America’s Promise Alliance (America’s Promise) has updated the Grad Nation Community Guidebook, a research-based toolkit for communities working to raise graduation rates and better support children and youth from birth through college. Created in collaboration with Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education, the Community Guidebook offers approaches […]

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Schools Battle Chronic Absenteeism – CNN

Schools Battle Chronic Absenteeism – CNN

(CNN) – Millions of students are chronically absent. CNN’s Athena Jones looks at what schools are doing to increase attendance. See the video, including EGC’s own Dr. Robert Balfanz, here on CNN.com.

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Learning What it Takes

Learning What it Takes

Growing alarm over high dropout rates has created a groundswell of interest in ways to identify and respond to the needs of students at risk of falling off the graduation path. Groundbreaking research finds a substantial percentage of eventual dropouts can be identified at key transition points (sixth and ninth grades) using attendance, behavior, and […]

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