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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 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. His work was featured in PBS Frontline’s The Education of Omarina.

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 President Obama and he is also an education fellow for the Middle School Matters program at the George W. Bush Institute.

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

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 ...

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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 ...

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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, 2019Some believe that growing interest in social and emotional learning is just a ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Implementation of an Early Warning Indicator and Intervention System

Implementation of an Early Warning Indicator and Intervention System

By Marcia H. Davis, Martha Abele Mac Iver, Robert W. Balfanz, Marc L. Stein, and ...

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

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

After more than a decade of progress in improving high school graduation rates, there remain ...

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

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

The 2018 Building a Grad Nation report takes an in-depth look at the progress that ...

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

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

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

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