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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).

 

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Language, Culture and IdentityLanguage Culture and Identity
A regional conference for educators, administrators, service providers and other personnel interested in language acquisition, academic achievement and social-emotional well-being of New Americans.

Thursday, April 17, 8:30-3:30
University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Okhee Lee, Professor in the Steinhardt School of
Culture, Education and Human Development
at New York University

Click here for more information and to register.

Rock Around the World!Rock Around the World 2014
A huge thanks to our sponsors and the many donors and guests who attended the 9th Annual Rock Around the World!, March 21st.  Your participation helps fund the Multilingual Summer Academic Program, a four‐week intensive summer school and Make It Happen, an academic coaching program for elementary and high school English Language Learners (ELLs).   We had a fun-filled evening to remember with music, dance, and foods from around the world! Read more...

Make It Happen!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 Professional Development Workshops:

View the current list of Professional Development Workshops. To register, e-mail Suzanne Hardy

5000 years of Culture: Iraqi Expectations of Education

Facilitator: Alaa Jasem
Thursday, Jan. 30, 3:30-5:00
Location: Moore Middle School Library
Workshop Description:
The workshop will explore the educational experiences of Iraqi parents and their children before arriving in the U.S. How are the educational systems the same and different? How do those experiences impact how both students and families react to American schools?

Central African Systems of Learning

Facilitator: Josephine Bizimana
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 3:30-5:00
Location: Moore Middle School Library

Workshop Description: The workshop will explore the educational experiences of Central African parents and their children before arriving in the U.S. How are the educational systems the same and different? How do those experiences impact how both students and families react to American schools?

Creating Language Objectives without Tears

Facilitator: Margot Downs
Tuesday, Feb 11, 3:30-5:00
Location: Moore Middle School Library
Workshop Description:
Providing ELLs with feedback on their academic language development is an effective way for general education teachers to support students’ academic success. Language objectives help shape opportunities for ELLs to be explicitly exposed to, practice with, and receive feedback on academic language skills. Using models and applied practice, participants will learn to create effective language objectives from content learning objectives. Participants should come with their own current Content Objectives to use during the workshop.

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.

 

Portland Public Schools Multilingual and Multicultural Center