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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.

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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Closing Middle Grade Achievement Gaps: Indicators and Enablers: Findings from a Decade of Work

Closing Middle Grade Achievement Gaps: Indicators and Enablers: Findings from a Decade of Work

NYC DOE Closing Achievement Gap Series  |  March 24, 2009 [ribbon]Summary[/ribbon] Finding 1: To realize the results ...

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Meeting the Nation’s Graduation Challenge

Meeting the Nation’s Graduation Challenge

Making Graduation Count Congressional Briefing  |  March 2009 [ribbon]Summary[/ribbon] How Close is the Nation to Graduating All ...

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Raising Graduation Rates: A Series of Data Briefs Progress Toward Increasing National and State Graduation Rates

Raising Graduation Rates: A Series of Data Briefs Progress Toward Increasing National and State Graduation Rates

This is the first in a series of briefs examining the progress in raising high ...

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Do We Have What It Takes To Put All Students on the Graduation Path?

Do We Have What It Takes To Put All Students on the Graduation Path?

Two years ago a young man named Vic Fenner attended our Baltimore Talent Development High ...

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U.S. meeting its challenge on dropouts

U.S. meeting its challenge on dropouts

Columbia Daily Tribune | February 17, 2009 Good news is rare these days. Home foreclosures, a ...

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