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).
The Multilingual and Multicultural Center has moved. Our new address is:
353 Cumberland Avenue
Portland, Maine 04101
Our phone and fax numbers remain the same:
Phone: 207-874-8135 | Fax: 207-842-4660
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
Rock Around the World!
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...
Upcoming Professional Development Workshops:
View the current list of Professional Development Workshops. To register, e-mail Suzanne Hardy
Please check back soon for 2014-15 offerings.
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.