Making Name Pronunciation a Priority in K12 Education

This article first appeared in District Administration Magazine: https://www.districtadministration.com/article/Making-name-pronunciation-a-priority-in-K12-education

Making name pronunciation a priority in K12 education

Pronouncing students’ names correctly is crucial to making them feel included
  • EXPECTING RESPECT—The Santa Clara County Office of Education in California created the My Name, My Identity pledge to encourage educators to prioritize pronouncing students’ names correctly. The initiative’s website offers tips on how to learn names without making any children feel excluded.

    EXPECTING RESPECT—The Santa Clara County Office of Education in California created the My Name, My Identity pledge to encourage educators to prioritize pronouncing students’ names correctly. The initiative’s website offers tips on how to learn names without making any children feel excluded.

  • POINTS OF PRIDE—These posters, created by fifth-graders at Sunnyvale USD in California, describe how students’ names shape their identities. The students had interviewed family members while researching the origins and meanings of their names.

    POINTS OF PRIDE—These posters, created by fifth-graders at Sunnyvale USD in California, describe how students’ names shape their identities. The students had interviewed family members while researching the origins and meanings of their names.

Some students grow so accustomed to hearing their names mispronounced over and over again that they no longer correct the people who make the mistakes.

And sometimes, these children just give up and adopt unwanted nicknames they have been given by classmates, coaches or educators.

“To walk around in a space that is supposed to be designed for you to feel welcome and safe and to be who you are, and know that every day someone is mispronouncing your name, is emotionally exhausting,” says Tiffany Young, the equity and diversity coordinator for the Washoe County School District in Nevada.

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