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Research has shown that there are essential scheduling practices for high-performing schools that have been able to implement innovative "nontraditional" schedules. What these have in common is the focus on personalized learning environments for students. Personalized learning can mean career academies/smaller learning communities (SLCs), in which large comprehensive high schools are made into schools within a school. They might also consist of adviser/advisee programs and other structures designed to keep students from slipping through the cracks. Through the implementation process, high-performing schools that focus on personalized learning experiences for students realize that the traditional high school schedule too often gets in the way of positive teaching practices that can have an impact on student learning. It has been well documented that many schools have been less than successful when attempting to implement personalized programs (Payne, 2001). The high-performing schools that have succeeded in this quest have done so by creating sustainable environments of collaboration and ownership. In support of these environments are practices common to their implementation of new school structures.