Robert Balfanz is the co-Director of the Everyone Graduates Center and a research scientist at the Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University. He is also 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. In addition, Balfanz is a co-operator of the Baltimore Talent Development High School, an Innovation High School run in partnership with the Baltimore City Public Schools System.
Balfanz has published widely on secondary school reform, high school dropouts, early warning systems and instructional interventions in high-poverty schools. His recent work includes Locating the Dropout Crisis with co-author Nettie Legters, which identifies the number and location of high schools with high dropout rates. He is also the author of What Your Community Can Do to End its Dropout Crisis. Balfanz is the first recipient of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Everyone a Graduate Award. He earned his doctorate in education from the University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree in history from Johns Hopkins University.