Repertoires of Linguistic Practice – XChange Issue

This issue of Center XChange focuses on language issues in education. We address the question “What does language have to do with the success or failure of students in urban schools?” Rather than viewing language as a problem, as is common in educational research and practice, we highlight the linguistic virtuosity of students from non-dominant groups in our urban schools.  We  identify ways to build on the skills that youth bring to the classroom as well as to expand their language toolkits – what some researchers have called their “repertoires of linguistic practice.”