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ERIC Number: ED535307
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
Building Effective Learning Environments in California's Continuation High Schools. Issue Brief
Bush, Susan C.
John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities
This issue brief is part of a larger study of California continuation high schools begun in 2007. While the first phase of the study examined various alternative education options throughout the state, this second phase focused on 23 higher performing continuation high schools in California selected based on multiple student outcome measures. This issue brief is specifically intended to reach the community of school-based practitioners and district level policymakers, seeking to better understand alternative schooling for over-aged and under-credited youth. During the first phase of the study, teachers discussed their struggle in balancing student engagement with academic rigor of instruction for this unique population of students. These teachers called out for increased research on the unique context and better practices of continuation high school instruction. To that end, this paper highlights creative work-arounds that successful continuation schools, principals, and teachers implement to serve this unique population of students, despite highly restricted state funding. In particular, this paper emphasizes the importance of operationally aligning these practices to balance competing objectives (e.g., vocational vs. college preparatory programs). (Contains 4 figures and 3 footnotes.)
John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities. Stanford University, 505 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305. Tel: 650-723-3099; Fax: 650-736-7160; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Stuart Foundation
Authoring Institution: Stanford University, John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities (JGC)
Identifiers - Location: California