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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 2,200 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. To learn more about the families we serve, check out
our recent data.

The Multilingual and Multicultural Center houses the Family Welcome Center, the Multicultural Resource Library, and the Intensive English Language Program for high school newcomers. The Family Welcome Center coordinates the registration, intake data, health screening, and English language proficiency/literacy assessment of language minority students entering Portland Public Schools. The Multicultural Resource Library has a special collection of books and professional materials available on loan to staff, parents, and community members. An Intensive English Language Program serves students who are newcomers with no schooling or literacy in their native language.



Celebrating Immigration: Community Dialogue on Immigrant Economic Opportunity and Integration

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Registration for the event is on this website link: http://www.wacmaine.org/event-1796457

January 13, 2015
4:00-6:00 PM
USM, Hannaford Hall

What are the strategic economic opportunities presented by immigration in Maine? What are the barriers in immigrant economic integration? What are some best practices from cities around the country that we can learn from? These are some of the issues to be addressed in this opening event as part of a series of community forums facilitated by the World Affairs Council of Maine.

Keynote Speakers:
James Tierney is a former Attorney General of Maine and is currently the Director of National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School. He has spoken a lot about the impact of immigrants on Maine’s economic future.

Eva Milona is the co-chair of the National Partnership for New Americans and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition.

Registration for the event is on this website link: http://www.wacmaine.org/event-1796457




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