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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.

New study highlights how trusting relationships provide the necessary foundation for academic success

New study highlights how trusting relationships provide the necessary foundation for academic success

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Connecting Social-Emotional Development and Academic Indicators Across Multiple Years

Connecting Social-Emotional Development and Academic Indicators Across Multiple Years

By Robert Balfanz and Vaughan Byrnes Executive Summary Connecting Social-Emotional Development and Academic Indicators Across Multiple Years ...

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Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates

Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates

The 2021 report explores progress and challenge in raising high school graduation rates.  Co-Authored by: Civic & Everyone ...

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Supporting Students During the Pandemic and Beyond: The Case for a Corps for Student Success

Supporting Students During the Pandemic and Beyond: The Case for a Corps for Student Success

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What Will It Take to Get High School Students Back on Track?

What Will It Take to Get High School Students Back on Track?

3 strategies to boost graduation and postsecondary success by Robert Balfanz

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Continuous Improvement in High Schools: Helping More Students Succeed

Continuous Improvement in High Schools: Helping More Students Succeed

The newest publication by Martha Abele Mac Iver and Robert Balfanz, Continuous Improvement in High ...

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Virtual Event: “How COVID Changed Education”

Virtual Event: “How COVID Changed Education”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, schools worldwide closed and an estimated 168 million students have been ...

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A College Program for Disadvantaged Teens Could Shake Up Elite Admissions

A College Program for Disadvantaged Teens Could Shake Up Elite Admissions

An education program is immersing underprivileged students in Ivy League classes, and the students’ success ...

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[REPORT] Using Chronic Absence to Map Interrupted Schooling, Instructional Loss, and Educational Inequity

[REPORT] Using Chronic Absence to Map Interrupted Schooling, Instructional Loss, and Educational Inequity

National Analysis Shows Students Experiencing Chronic Absence Prior to Pandemic Likely to be Among the ...

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