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Our Partners

The Rales Center draws upon scientific expertise at Johns Hopkins in program development and evaluation to develop innovative models for school health.

Center faculty are designing, implementing and evaluating new programs to improve the impact and cost-effectiveness of models that weave together health and education services. We are creating these approaches in collaboration with key community, public sector and academic partners. After testing their effectiveness locally, we aim to prepare them for adoption nationwide to catalyze changes in school health and primary care for children in low income/underserved communities.

A partnership-based strategy

In partnering with the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the Rales Center is a highly collaborative organization, one that benefits from the many strengths and the broad expertise of The Johns Hopkins University.

Our valued philanthropic partner, the Norman and Ruth Rales Foundation, has provided a founding gift to help launch the Rales Center at Johns Hopkins and to implement the Ruth and Norman Rales Health Center at KIPP Baltimore as a fully integrated health and wellness services clinic. The Rales Foundation also has committed to generous matching funds, to encourage additional philanthropic support.

Community partnerships are pivotal to the success of the Rales Center and its signature READY model at KIPP Baltimore. Partnering organizations include the Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore City Public Schools, the Maryland State Department of Education, the Division of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, the state of Maryland, and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


The BBERCaltimore 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. To learn more about BERC, visit the website.

Improving Education

Improving EducationImproving Education is a Baltimore based nonprofit working to improve educational systems by harnessing the creative power of individuals to develop, test, and implement innovative and efficient solutions to complex problems in education. We are committed to helping schools, parents, teachers, and leaders learn to improve. We strive to solve systemic problems through a rigorous quality improvement process that blends Design Thinking and Improvement Science. To learn more about Improving Education, visit the website.

Meet the Team