Robert Balfanz


Robert Balfanz is a research professor at the Center for the Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, where he is co-director of the Talent Development Secondary reform model and director of the Everyone Graduates Center.

Balfanz published widely on secondary school reform, high school dropouts, early warning systems, chronic absenteeism, school climate and instructional interventions in high-poverty schools.

He is also a leader and a co-founder of Diplomas Now, an evidence based school transformation model for high needs middle and high schools which combines whole school reform with enhance student supports guided by an early warning system and winner of a federal Investing in Innovation validation grant which is currently being implemented in forty schools across twelve school districts.

Balfanz holds a bachelor’s in history from Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate in education from the University of Chicago.