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What is a Networked Improvement Community and how can it help your CSI secondary school?
Join Dr. Robert Balfanz, Sr. Researcher at Johns Hopkins University’s Everyone Graduates Center, and Charles Hiteshew, CEO of Talent Development Secondary, to find out if our NIC may prove a good fit with your CSI secondary school(s). We will review the opportunity and field your questions and comments.

Jun 6, 2019 3:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Robert Balfanz, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist @Johns Hopkins University School of Education
Dr. Balfanz is the Director of the Everyone Graduates Center and Co-Director of the Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS) at Johns Hopkins University School of Education. He served as a leading pioneer of the Talent Development Secondary model at CSOS, and then positioned Talent Development Secondary as a lead partner when co-founding Diplomas Now, the proven strategy for turning around some of America’s most challenging secondary schools and winner of a prestigious $30 million federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grant. He has published widely on secondary school reform, high school dropouts, early warning systems and instructional interventions in high-poverty schools. Dr. Balfanz also serves as chair of Talent Development Secondary's Advisory Board.
Charles Hiteshew
Executive Director @Talent Development Secondary
Charles Hiteshew has served as TDS’ Executive Director since 2010. During his tenure, TDS has played the lead role in the i3-award winning Diplomas Now initiative, which has generated statistically significant impact in putting off-track 6th and 9th graders back on track to graduation. Prior to joining TDS, he accumulated extensive experience in non-profit and educational reform management, serving as Chief Operating Officer and Special Assistant to the President of the America’s Promise Alliance from 2006 to 2010. During his tenure at APA, he played a lead role in launching and designing the successful Grad Nation campaign. Just prior to that, Hiteshew served as the founding Executive Director of the Public Education Partnership Fund from 2003 to 2006, where he pooled money and oversaw critical investments in the improvement of the DC Public Schools. Prior to that, Hiteshew served as Executive Director of one of the largest local affiliates of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Fort Worth.