What is the national My Name, My Identity initiative? To find out, we invite you to follow along, as we look in on an exchange of emails with a school district, as they kickstart the My Name, My Identity campaign in their district, schools, and community.
You can find more information at https://www.mynamemyidentity.org.
We encourage you to take the pledge to pronounce students’ names correctly.
Dear Dr. Wan,
I’m reaching out on behalf of Washoe County School District to learn more about the My Name, My Identity campaign. We learned about the campaign via the NABE newsletter and this is something we would like to join. Our District has become more diverse with more than 50% of our students sharing multicultural backgrounds. The ELL Department has made significant improvements to enhance the learning opportunities for our emergent bilingual students and the Equity & Diversity department provides professional learning opportunities for teachers and support staff to ensure their practices are culturally relevant.
The My Name, My Identity campaign will be a great way to encourage educators and our community to value each other’s identity and we would love to find out how we can institute this campaign in our district.
Thank you and I look forward to working with you,
Fátima Rivas, Multicultural Outreach Specialist, Communications and Community Engagement, Washoe County School District, Reno, Nevada
Thank you for your interest in supporting the My Name, My Identity campaign. If you are interested in building a respectful and inclusive environment, your district can adopt a resolution and have community members make the pledge at the webpage. A sample resolution and the pledge have been translated into 10 different languages.
To access the translated resolution, visit https://www.mynamemyidentity.org/resources/resolutions.
To access the translated pledges, visit https://www.mynamemyidentity.org/campaign/about and scroll down to the bottom of
the screen and select the language on the left side.
Please note that Congressman Mike Honda is going to designate April 2016 as the National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month. The My Name, My Identity Initiative is a wonderful way of bringing parents, educators and community members together.
Thank you very much for your support!
Yee Wan, Ed.D., Director of Multilingual Education Services, Santa Clara County Office of Education
Good afternoon, Dr. Wan!
I’m excited to tell you that WCSD Superintendent Traci Davis is supportive of the campaign and has asked our Communications Department to share the campaign, as well as the link for staff to take the pledge. We are also putting together information for our principals to access our District resources on professional development around equity and inclusion. All this information will be distributed to each of our school principals and will include a link to My Name, My Identity on our District website.
Furthermore, the Superintendent will discuss with our Board of Trustees to create a resolution for our District. As you can see, WCSD is vested in this campaign and would like to know how the District can be included in the website as a supporter and be able to include our name and logo on the certificate?
Here is a link to our District website http://www.washoeschools.net/ for additional information about our District. We thank you for leading this campaign, and hope that the WCSD can become a partner.
Hi Dr. Wan,
Wanted to give you an update on the progress our District has made regarding My Name, My Identity. The WCSD Board of Trustees adopted the resolution to support and participate in the campaign (see attached signed resolution). Our communications department is putting together an invitation to school administrators to take the pledge and we are producing a video with our students to encourage participation. Our goal is to share all this information when classes get back in session the second week of August. We are excited about the possibilities that this campaign brings to our work on equity and diversity!
As we gather all the materials to promote the campaign, we need to include the logos from My Name My Identity, NABE and SCCOE. Could you send me those logos in a 400 X 800 display size? We want to include them in the video and our website.
Hi! I was just thinking of sharing this information with you! We are promoting the
campaign with all our schools and had some local media coverage as well. Below are some highlights:
- Letter to school principals to join the campaign and take the pledge (see attachment)
- Created WCSD video to encourage educators to take the pledge: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1r9ROSsE-0wZzRGb3RPR3d0aDA
- See social media reach results in the picture attached- Over 4,200 views!
- The video has also been viewed 205 [times] on YouTube
- Link to the campaign on our main district website: http://www.washoeschools.net/washoeschools
- Media advisory showcasing the campaign and teachers for making an effort to pronounce students’ names correctly
- Local media coverage of the campaign and our efforts: http://mynews4.com/news/local/my-name-my-identity-launched-in-washoe-county-schools
As you can see after the Board approved the resolution to support this campaign, we have launched our own efforts to encourage educators to take the pledge. We have identified several educators who are making efforts to say every student’s name correctly and who understand the importance of respecting their identity.
Thank you for your leadership and for your efforts to bring attention to respecting and valuing every student, by saying their names correctly
Ready to help? Pledge to pronounce students’ names correctly. It’s that simple.