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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.

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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2009 Grad Nation: A Guidebook

2009 Grad Nation: A Guidebook

Grad Nation is a guidebook for communities that seek to improve their high school graduation ...

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Volunteering to get tomorrow’s dropouts on track

Volunteering to get tomorrow’s dropouts on track

Boston Globe | September 9, 2008 MILLIONS OF American students are back in high school, and ...

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A plan to fix ‘dropout factories’

A plan to fix ‘dropout factories’

The Christian Science Monitor | November 23, 2007 More students will stay if school is harder, ...

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What Your Community Can Do to End Its Dropout Crisis

What Your Community Can Do to End Its Dropout Crisis

This is a resource guide that synthesizes what has been learned over the past decade ...

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Preventing Student Disengagement

Preventing Student Disengagement

This article considers the practical, conceptual, and empirical foundations of an early identification and intervention ...

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Making High Expectations Real in All Our High Schools

Making High Expectations Real in All Our High Schools

Baltimore Examiner | January 18, 2007 There is little disagreement about what we want from our ...

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The Graduation Rate Crisis We Know and What Can be Done About It

The Graduation Rate Crisis We Know and What Can be Done About It

Education Week Commentary | July 12, 2006 The debate over how best to measure the nation’s ...

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