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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.

Advancing the “Colorado Graduates” Agenda

Advancing the “Colorado Graduates” Agenda

“About 30 percent of Colorado high school students don’t graduate. Less than half of the ...

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2010 Building a Grad Nation Report: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic

2010 Building a Grad Nation Report: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic

The central message of this report is that some states and school districts are raising ...

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Putting All Students on the Graduation Path: New Directions for Youth Development, No. 127

Putting All Students on the Graduation Path: New Directions for Youth Development, No. 127

At no other time in our nation's history has graduating from high school been a ...

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Meeting the Nation’s High School Graduation Challenge

Meeting the Nation’s High School Graduation Challenge

U.S. Army National Education Conference  |  September 2009 President Obama has challenged the nation to eliminate ...

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Graduating America: Meeting the Challenge of Low Graduation-Rate High Schools

Graduating America: Meeting the Challenge of Low Graduation-Rate High Schools

This report is  a collaboration between the Everyone Graduates Center and Jobs for the Future. [ribbon]Summary[/ribbon] While ...

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Putting Middle Grades Students on the Graduation Path: A Policy and Practice Brief

Putting Middle Grades Students on the Graduation Path: A Policy and Practice Brief

The middle grades will play a pivotal role in enabling the nation to reach President ...

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Editorial: Dropout Factories

Editorial: Dropout Factories

The New York Times | May 17, 2009 About one in five American students drops out ...

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How Your Community Can Meet Its Graduation Challenge

How Your Community Can Meet Its Graduation Challenge

Alabama Summit  |  May 2009 [ribbon]Summary[/ribbon] Graduation Nation contains research-based guidance for addressing the dropout crisis in ...

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Putting Middle Grades Students on the Graduation Path

Putting Middle Grades Students on the Graduation Path

Keynote Address NMSA Middle Levels Essential Conference  |  April 23, 2009 [ribbon]Summary[/ribbon] President Obama has challenged the ...

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