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Robert Balfanz
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Robert Balfanz, PhD, is a co-director of the Everyone Graduates Center and research scientist at the Center for Social Organization of Schools, Johns Hopkins University. He is the co-director of Talent Development Secondary, which is currently working with more than 100 high-poverty secondary schools to develop, implement and evaluate comprehensive whole school reforms. He is also co-operator of the Baltimore Talent Development High School, an Innovation High School run in partnership with the Baltimore City Public School System. He has published widely on secondary school reform, high school dropouts, early warning systems and instructional interventions in high-poverty schools. Recent work includes Locating the Dropout Crisis, with co-author Nettie Legters, in which they identify the number and location of high schools with high dropout rates and What Your Community Can Do to End its Dropout Crisis. Dr. Balfanz is the first recipient of the Alliance For Excellent Education’s Everyone a Graduate Award.

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Education as a Data-Driven Enterprise

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 3:07 PM

For decades, leaders have been sounding the alarm that our educational advantage was slipping. The opening lines of the 1983 report, A Nation at Risk, still ring in our ears, "the educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very...

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A Rising Tide of Graduation Rates

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 1:57 PM

Recent research shows there is a clear path out of poverty. Only 2 percent of those who graduate high school, wait to have children until married, and get a full-time job by the age of 21 live in poverty, while roughly 75 percent who do none of these...

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Mentors Play Key Role in Getting Students to School

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 2:14 PM

When school started two years ago, DeVanya a high-performing student from the Bronx, was there with her bright purple sneakers and shiny new binders emblazoned with hearts. By November, she and her binders had missed 7 days of school; grades started to wobble. By spring, her absences were rapidly mounting....

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Come Together to Strengthen Public-Private Partnerships

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 8:38 AM

As students return to school across the country, budget crises in many cities are taking a toll, resulting in crowded classrooms, cut programs and teachers and guidance counselors stretched to the max.

But the fact is that even before this current fiscal crunch, we've long known that...

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A Civic Marshall Plan

(11) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 9:35 AM

Millions of Americans have now seen Waiting for "Superman", the documentary showing that an excellent education for low-income children is often a matter of chance. Viewers watch with angst as numbers are pulled from jars, identifying the few children who will have a chance at a quality education to...

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