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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 co-director of the Talent Development Secondary reform model and director of the Everyone Graduates Center.

He is a leader and 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 is currently being 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 is currently serving as the Co-Chair of 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.

 

Overcoming the Poverty Challenge to Enable College and Career Readiness for All: The Crucial Role of Student Supports

Overcoming the Poverty Challenge to Enable College and Career Readiness for All: The Crucial Role of Student Supports

This white paper focuses on an important and under-conceptualized thread in the weave of efforts ...

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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 ...

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Middle School Moment on PBS’s Frontline

Middle School Moment on PBS’s Frontline

PBS’s Frontline highlights Johns Hopkins professor Bob Balfanz’s research on middle school students’ attendance, behavior ...

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The Importance of Being in School: A Report on Absenteeism in the Nation’s Public Schools

The Importance of Being in School: A Report on Absenteeism in the Nation’s Public Schools

America’s education system is based on the assumption that barring illness or an extraordinary event, ...

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How ‘early warning systems’ are keeping kids in school

How ‘early warning systems’ are keeping kids in school

Washington Post blog The Answer Sheet The recent news that only 58 percent of Washington D.C. ...

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Building a Grad Nation 2011-2012 Update

Building a Grad Nation 2011-2012 Update

Although some states and school districts show that the dropout crisis can be solved, other ...

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On Track for Success: The Use of Early Warning Indicator and Intervention Systems to Build a Grad Nation

On Track for Success: The Use of Early Warning Indicator and Intervention Systems to Build a Grad Nation

Early Warning Indicator and Intervention Systems (EWS) are an evolving strategic response to one of ...

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An Early Warning System

An Early Warning System

This article for practitioners summarizes work by Everyone Graduates researchers on early indicators of dropout. [ribbon]Summary[/ribbon] We ...

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Three Steps to Building an Early Warning and Intervention System for Potential Dropouts

Three Steps to Building an Early Warning and Intervention System for Potential Dropouts

Most dropouts are identifiable years before they dropout, struggle in or disengage from school for ...

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