On April 24, Robert Slavin of Middle River at 70. He is survived by wife Nancy Madden; children Jacob Slavin, Benjamin Slavin and Rebecca Slavin; siblings Thomas Slavin, Daniel (Parin) Slavin, Paul (Susan) Slavin and Julia Slavin (John Arnholz); grandchildren Adaya, Leo and Ava; mother Miriam Slavin; and many more friends and family. He was predeceased by father Dr. Joseph Slavin. He was considered one the world’s most effective advocates for using evidence as a basis for educational policy and practice. He published dozens of reviews of research on effective practices in elementary and secondary reading, writing, mathematics, science and early childhood education and wrote widely on methodology for research reviews. Starting in 1987, he and his wife, Dr. Nancy Madden, created and researched a whole-school reform approach called Success for All. He addressed systemic racism in education before that term became common. He was instrumental in initiating Vision for Baltimore. He worked on improving schools with the Department of Education under every president since Carter. He was director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University and is a co-founder of the Success for All Foundation. Most importantly, he was a boss and mentor to literally hundreds of employees and Ph.D. students throughout his career.

Contributions may be sent to the Success For All Foundation, 300 E Joppa Road, Towson, MD, 21286, or online at

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