Santa Clara County Office of Education
Five children with their heads together looking down at camera Four students looking at a globe Students from Katherine Smith Elementary School holding up name tags

My Name, My Identity

Did you know that pronouncing students’ names correctly is a signal that their names and identities are honored? This can foster a sense of belonging and build positive relationships in the classroom, which are crucial for healthy social, psychological, and educational outcomes. Help us build a culture of respect in our school communities.

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Investigate The World

Students investigate the world beyond their immediate environment.

Recognize Perspectives

Students recognize their own and others’ perspectives.

Communicate Ideas

Students communicate their ideas effectively with diverse audiences.

Take Action

Students translate their ideas into appropriate actions to improve conditions.

My Name Story

Watch students from Downtown College Prep in San José, California share the story about how they were given their name and the meaning behind it. What's your name story? Share your name story on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #mynamemyid.


More Name Stories

Watch students from Quimby Oak Middle School in San José, California share the story behind their name and what their name means to them. This video was produced by Kevin Le, an 8th grader at Quimby Oak Middle School.


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  • Santa Clara County Office of Education
  • Multilingual Education Services
  • National Association for Bilingual Education
  • McGraw-Hill Education
  • Santa Clara County Office of Education
  • Multilingual Education Services
  • National Association for Bilingual Education
  • McGraw-Hill Education