Students' Right to Their Own Language: A Critical Sourcebook

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Students’ Right to Their Own Language collects perspectives from some of the field’s most influential scholars to provide a foundation for understanding the historical and theoretical context informing the affirmation of all students’ right to exist in their own languages. Co-published with the National Council for Teachers of English, this critical sourcebook archives decades of debate about the implications of the statement and explores how it translates to practical strategies for fostering linguistic diversity in the classroom.

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Staci Perryman-Clark is an assistant professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies in the Department of English at Western Michigan University, where she also directs the First-Year Writing Program. Her work focuses on creating culturally-relevant pedagogies and curricular designs to support all students' expository writing practices. Her published work currently focuses on designing alternative curricular models for undergraduate and graduate courses. Her recent publications include journals published in Composition Studies and Composition Forum, WPA: Writing Program Administration, with forthcoming publications in Pedagogy and Teaching English in a Two-Year College (TETYC). She has received national honors from both the Ford Foundation and Conference on College Composition and Communication.

David E. Kirkland is an assistant professor of English Education at New York University. His scholarship explores the intersections among youth culture and identity, language, literacy, and power, and urban education. He has utilized critical approaches to qualitative educational research (including critical ethnography and critical discourse analysis) to understand literacy in the lives of a group of urban adolescent Black males. He examined closely the literate lives of young Black men, their language practices and participation structures within wider social and cultural fields that exist beyond school contexts. His work has been featured in several academic publications, including Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, English Education, and English Journal. His current research examines the literate construction of digital iDentities among urban youth participating in online social communities, its impact on youth culture and subjectivity, and its reconfiguring of race and gender.

Austin Jackson is an assistant professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. His research and teaching interests include writing and rhetoric, African American Language and literacy, and qualitative research in English education. He serves as Director of the My Brother's Keeper's Program, a mentoring program for middle school students attending the Paul Robeson - Malcolm X Academy (K – 8th grade) in Detroit, MI. He has co-authored several publications exploring links between critical approaches to writing pedagogy and student participation in contemporary struggles for critical democracy.

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