Event Title

“I am Not a Failure”: The Educational Experiences of Latina Continuation High School Students

Presenter Information

Johanna Ortez

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

College

College of Education

Location

SMSU Event Center BC

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Edwin Hernandez

Start Date

5-16-2019 9:30 AM

End Date

5-16-2019 11:00 AM

Abstract

California’s continuation high schools provide students flexibility, individualized attention, and a renewed opportunity to continue their education. Despite this, many low-income and Students of Color do not graduate from continuation high schools, if they do, most do not pursue higher education. Continuation high schools are overrepresented with Latina/os, more specifically with Latino males, however, there is a growing presence of Latinas in this educational sector. Therefore, this qualitative study aims to explore the experiences of Latinas in continuation school and how they navigate this particular educational context. Preliminary findings from this study demonstrate how Latinas activate their agency in these space and resist the stigma associated with continuation schools, the support they received from educators in these spaces, and their aspirations to pursue post-secondary education. The implications of this study can help inform future research, practice, and policy on how to best support Latinas in continuation schools.

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May 16th, 9:30 AM May 16th, 11:00 AM

“I am Not a Failure”: The Educational Experiences of Latina Continuation High School Students

SMSU Event Center BC

California’s continuation high schools provide students flexibility, individualized attention, and a renewed opportunity to continue their education. Despite this, many low-income and Students of Color do not graduate from continuation high schools, if they do, most do not pursue higher education. Continuation high schools are overrepresented with Latina/os, more specifically with Latino males, however, there is a growing presence of Latinas in this educational sector. Therefore, this qualitative study aims to explore the experiences of Latinas in continuation school and how they navigate this particular educational context. Preliminary findings from this study demonstrate how Latinas activate their agency in these space and resist the stigma associated with continuation schools, the support they received from educators in these spaces, and their aspirations to pursue post-secondary education. The implications of this study can help inform future research, practice, and policy on how to best support Latinas in continuation schools.