Portland Public Schools
Multilingual & Multicultural Center
The Multilingual and Multicultural Center oversees Portland Public Schools' English Language Acquisition Program for students whose home language is not English. To ensure equal access to educational opportunities for these students, the Center provides support services in the areas of classroom instruction, summer academic programs, staff development, curriculum and materials development, assessment, parent and community outreach, and advocacy.
Over the years, Portland's Multilingual community has grown exponentially and become increasingly more diverse. Currently, the district has over 1,800 students who come from homes where over 60 different languages are spoken. The students represent about 25% of Portland Public Schools' total enrollment; some 1,400 of them are identified as English Language Learners (view Demographic Data).
Make It Happen!
Make It Happen! is an extended learning program for English Language Learners in grades 8-12 providing personalized and structured academic support to students undertaking rigorous and challenging school work that will best prepare them for college. The program also provides opportunities for leadership development, social and civic engagement, and college application processes such as PSAT/SAT prep courses, college visits, college essay writing, and financial aid workshops. The program works with volunteer academic coaches who provide extended learning time through homework support, reading and writing enrichment, and activities that promote critical thinking, goal setting, and organizational skills. We are always looking for volunteers
Volunteer to be an academic coach! Learn more
Upcoming 2013-14 Professional Development Workshops:
View the current list of Professional Development Workshops. To register, e-mail Suzanne Hardy
A Walk Through the Multilingual Intake Process
Monday, October 7, 3:30 – 5:00 (1.5 SCH)
Moore Middle School Library
Presenter: Maureen Fox
Maximum Enrollment: 50
The Multilingual Intake Center was developed by Portland Public Schools in 1996 to create a collaborative, efficient, and effective system to assist multilingual families with school registration. In this workshop, we will walk you through the various elements of the intake process: form completion, health records, family histories, and assessment measures for English language screening. We will discuss the district’s rationale for a centralized registration system and provide examples to show the complexities our multilingual and multicultural families present.
Multicultural Perspectives on Special Education (2-Part Series)
Thursday, October 17, 2013 (Part I) 3:30—5:00 (1.5 SCH)
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 (Part II) 3:30—5:00 (1.5 SCH)
For Special Educators and Building Administrators Only
Facilitators: Maureen Fox, Intake & Programming Coordinator and
Grace Valenzuela, Director, Multilingual & Multicultural Center
Location: Moore Middle Library
Maximum Enrollment: 50
This workshop will explore the perceptions of culturally and linguis¬tically diverse families on Special Education. What are their views on disabilities and how do these views influence their decisions on testing, evaluation, and the program of support? How can special educators bridge the language and cultural divide to affect successful outcomes for students? What are some strategies that could be used in working with multilingual families of students with identified disabilities? A panel from various multicultural communities will provide critical perspectives for discussion.
Multilingual Handbook and Revised Lau Plan
The District Lau Plan has been revised as of June 2010.
The Multilingual Handbook is available online as well.