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

Congratulations Ms. Hanna!
Congratulations to Ocean Avenue Elementary School's Assistant Principal, Ms. Hanna. She was named Assistant Principal of the Year for the whole state of Maine!
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Your Gift Will Count
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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2016 Language, Culture & Identity Conference
On October 20, 2016, the Multilingual & Multicultural Center held the annual Language, Culture & Identity Conference. Dr. Kate Kinsella kicked off the conference with an incredible keynote speech, followed by ten sessions on varying specific topics related to language, culture and identity in the public education system.
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I Made It Happen! celebration recognizes multilingual students' academic success
On May 18th, we celebrated the achievements of the graduating seniors in our Make It Happen! program with the I Made It Happen! Celebration. The 83 graduating seniors come from countries all over the world and, as a group, speak over 20 different languages. They were recognized for their academic success and told their stories.
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