Close

Not a member yet? Register now and get started.

lock and key

Sign in to your account.

Account Login

Forgot your password?

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.

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

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

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

More Information...
2017 Building a Grad Nation Report

2017 Building a Grad Nation Report

2017 BGN Exec Summary vFINAL The 2017 Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in ...

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

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

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

More Information...
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 ...

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

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

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

More Information...
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 ...

More Information...
2016 Building a Grad Nation Report

2016 Building a Grad Nation Report

The 2016 Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout ...

More Information...
The White House Launches New National Effort and Ad Council Campaign to Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism and Drive Student Success

The White House Launches New National Effort and Ad Council Campaign to Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism and Drive Student Success

February 19, 2016, the White House and the U.S. Department of Education announced two groundbreaking ...

More Information...
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 ...

More Information...