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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.

Stop Holding Us Back – More Information

This month more than three million high school students will receive their diplomas. At more than 80 percent, America’s graduation rate is at a record high. More kids are going to college, too. But one-third of the nation’s African American and Latino young men will not be among the graduates.

See Stop Holding Us Back, New York Times, June 7, 2014.

Stop Holding Us Back – More Information

For more information, research cited, and tools, see Graduating Young Men of Color.

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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What Do Small Learning Communities Cost?

What Do Small Learning Communities Cost?

Little is known about what it actually costs to operate a high school organized into ...

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The Graduation Gap: Using Promoting Power to Examine the Number and Characteristics of High Schools with High and Low Graduation Rates in the Nation and Each State

The Graduation Gap: Using Promoting Power to Examine the Number and Characteristics of High Schools with High and Low Graduation Rates in the Nation and Each State

CSOS Policy Brief | January 2005 President Bush’s High School Initiative and the National Govenors Association’s ...

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Building a Grad Nation 2010-2011 Update

Building a Grad Nation 2010-2011 Update

We are now able to report that from 2008 to 2009 (the most current data ...

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