The Multilingual & Multicultural Center oversees language acquisition for K-12 language learners in Portland Public Schools who are learning English and those who are learning a world language such as Arabic, French, Latin, Mandarin, and Spanish. In promoting the district as a world language powerhouse and advancing our students’ acquisition of English and other world languages, we help advance the district’s vision of all learners to be fully prepared and to be successful in a diverse and ever-changing world.

Our Programs

We oversee English Language Development, World Language, registration for multilingual students, summer school programming, and Make It Happen! We also provide professional development for educators and language access services for families needing translation and/or interpretation.



The Multilingual & Multicultural Center is always in need of volunteers for the office, summer school, Make It Happen!, and community building events. We hope you will consider offering some of your time and talents to us. Check out our latest opportunities and fill out an application today!



The Multilingual & Multicultural Center seeks private funding to sustain and expand our extended learning programs for English language learners and to support community building events. We provide numerous ways for you to donate. Your support is greatly appreciated!


What's Happening

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Make It Happen! Student's Fashion Statement
A T-shirt designed by students in the Fashion Marketing Program at the Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS) makes much more than a fashion statement. The T-shirt was created to help immigrant students and others feel welcome.
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Seal of Biliteracy Awards Resolution
The Seal of Biliteracy is a formal recognition awarded by a state department of education or local district to a graduating high school student who has attained proficiency in English literacy and other world languages by the end of their time as students. It is a statement of accomplishment that helps to signal evidence of a student's readiness for college, career and for engagement as a global citizen.
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Full-Time AmeriCorps*VISTA Position Available
The Multilingual & Multicultural Center is hiring one full-time AmeriCorps*VISTA. The position description includes data entry and database design, social media and communication, and volunteer recruitment and placement.
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Your Gift Will Count
"After seeing so many people get involved, I got motivated. I couldn't just sit back and do nothing about the amount of support I got in school. Make it Happen! provided the support that I needed as a student whose first language isn't English." -Portland High School Senior, Asila M.
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