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Robert Balfanz

Principal Investigator and Researcher

Robert Balfanz, PhD, is a research professor at the Center for the Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, where he is the director of the Everyone Graduates Center.

He founded Talent Development Secondary and was a co-founder of Diplomas Now, an evidence-based school transformation model for high needs middle and high schools which combines whole school reform with enhance student supports guided by an early warning system and winner of a federal Investing in Innovation (i3) validation grant which was implemented in forty schools across twelve school districts.

He has published widely on secondary school reform, high school dropouts, early warning systems, chronic absenteeism, school climate, and instructional interventions in high-poverty schools. He focuses on translating research findings into effective school interventions.

He was the co-chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Success Mentor Initiative aimed at reducing chronic absenteeism. Dr. Balfanz is the first recipient of the Alliance For Excellent Education’s Everyone a Graduate Award and the National Forum’s to Accelerate Middle Grade Reform Joan Lipsitzs Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013, he was named a Champion for Change for African American Education by the White House.

He holds a B.A. in history from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in education from the University of Chicago.

 

Great American High School Campaign: Reforming the Nation’s Remaining Low-Performing High Schools

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2018 Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates

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Using Data and the Human Touch: Evaluating the NYC Inter-Agency Campaign to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

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Portraits of Change: Aligning School and Community Resources to Reduce Chronic Absence

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The Everyone Graduates Center and Attendance Works are pleased to partner on Portraits of Change: Aligning ...

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2017 Building a Grad Nation Report

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Closing the College Gap: A Roadmap to Postsecondary Readiness and Attainment

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In just over a decade, the nation witnessed a 77 percent increase in associate degrees ...

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Everyone Graduates Center Roadmap to Evidence Based Reform for  Low Graduation Rate High Schools

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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that states and districts implement evidence based reform ...

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Preventing Missed Opportunity: Taking Collective Action to Confront Chronic Absence

Preventing Missed Opportunity: Taking Collective Action to Confront Chronic Absence

Chronic absence is a national crisis that cannot be ignored. A day lost to school absenteeism ...

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