Small Schools and Urban Youth

Using the Power of School Culture to Engage Students

Gilberto Q. Conchas,

Small Schools and Urban Youth: Using the Power of School Culture to Engage Students

"Finally, educators leading the movement to smaller high schools have a resource they can draw upon for guidance and direction. This book offers clear, practical advice on how to create small schools that are effective in meeting student needs."
—Pedro Noguera, Professor
New York University

"Relevant, individualized, and an insightful read. This book will be useful for any school system working to develop small learning communities."
—Nancy Betler, Teacher Mentor
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, NC

Learn about big educational results in smaller schools!

Educators are increasingly turning to small learning communities, which have proven to be highly effective in facilitating academic engagement and achievement, particularly among low-income urban students. This in-depth sociological study reveals the unique aspects of this movement and:

  • Examines the structural and cultural features of small learning communities and small schools in two major urban cities
  • Highlights students′ perspectives on school culture, personalization, and student involvement
  • Offers timely suggestions to benefit students at all levels and in every educational setting

Based on original research, this text offers school leaders and policy makers a deeper understanding of the broad, positive impact of small school reform.

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