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Talent Development Secondary

Talent Development Secondary (TDS) was founded in 1994 as a result of groundbreaking research from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Organization of Schools, led by Dr. Bob Balfanz.

Currently, TDS provides a school turnaround model for middle and high schools with graduation rates of less than 67 percent. TDS is known for identifying Early Warning Indicators for students who are at risk of dropping out and providing tools and supports to the school to get those students back on track.

Engaging with TDS helps schools gain the capacity to sustain a higher performing staff, which in turn leads to higher achieving students.

Everyone Graduates Center

Everyone Graduates Center’s mission is to develop and disseminate the know-how required to enable all students to graduate from high school prepared for college, career, and civic life.

Through a systematic and comprehensive approach, EGC combines analysis of the causes, location, and consequences of the nation’s dropout crisis with the development of tools and models designed to keep all students on the path to high school graduation, and capacity building efforts to enable states, communities, school districts, and schools to provide all their students with the supports they need to succeed.

Diplomas Now

Diplomas Now brings together three organizations, Talent Development Secondary, City Year and Communities in Schools, and is based on research by Johns Hopkins University professor Bob Balfanz, the nation’s leading dropout expert.

Diplomas Now identifies students early and works to eliminate the problems that lead to dropping out: poor attendance, poor behavior or course failure in English or math.

Diplomas Now partners with the school community to reorganize the schedule so each student at risk has caring adults and those adults have the tools to improve achievement.

Baltimore Education Research Consortium

The Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) is a partnership of the Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools), Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, and other civic and community partners.

BERC’s mission is to conduct and disseminate long- and short-term strategic data analysis and research that informs decisions about policy and practice to improve the educational and life outcomes of children in Baltimore.

BERC assembles a diverse coalition of partners to formulate questions worth asking, contribute to conversations worth having, and highlight policy implications worthy of action.

Early Learning

Early Learning is dedicated to collaborating with early learning communities to create classrooms of educational excellence dedicated to the full development of children in at-risk communities.

In such learning environments, teachers demonstrate best practices to enhance school readiness, foster student achievement, and develop home-school-community partnerships, closing the gap in educational disparity.

National Network of Partnership Schools

Established at Johns Hopkins University in 1996, the National Network of Partnership Schools invites schools, districts, states, and organizations to join together and use research-based approaches to organize and sustain excellent programs of family and community involvement that will increase student success in school.

Stocks in the Future

Stocks in the Future’s mission is to develop highly motivated middle school students who are eager to learn and dedicated to attending class through the use of incentives coupled with a financial literacy curriculum focused on investing that reinforces Math, Language Arts and Social Studies.

SIF develops curricula to give middle school students real-world financial education that is not provided in schools today. SIF teaches underserved middle school students personal finance skills to empower each student to take control of their financial and academic future.