Global Classroom

We're creating citizens of the world! We offer an array of resources for educators, students, and the community at large—tools that will inspire a generation ready to contribute to an interconnected world.

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Global Classroom includes:

1) Global & Multicultural Resource Center: anti-bias education, social justice, human rights materials 

2) Culture Boxes and New Supplementary Online Culture Box Resources

3) Teacher Workshops and Youth Forum

4) Young Leaders in Action-Accepting Applications: Deadline September 20th, 2020


WorldOregon Culture Boxes

K-12 Students Interacting with Culture Box Curriculum

Young Leaders in Action (YLA) Alumni


2019-2020 Academic Year: Global Classrooms Events

Global & Multicultural Resource Center


The Global & Multicultural Resource Center (GMRC) has been building a lending library of educational materials for over 30 years. 



The reference library includes information on geographical regions of the world and addresses important issues such as anti-bias education, social justice and human rights, both locally and globally. The library also houses Welcome to My World, a hands-on program that helps students develop sensitivity to people with special needs. (View or download the complete GMRC reference library)


Hands-on Culture Boxes


Most popular in the Global & Multicultural Resource Center is our library of Culture Boxes! Teachers can borrow Culture Boxes to enhance their lessons and increase global literacy for their K-12 students. These boxes are filled with hands-on, authentic treasures and lessons about the art, culture and daily life of people from almost every continent. Culture Box sets can include musical instruments, cooking utensils, traditional dress, games, and much more. Culture Box Virtual Resources extend box contents way beyond their walls.


To reserve a Culture Box, please contact Karen Ettinger at Include the name of your school, grade level, and the name of the boxes you would like to reserve. 


View or Download Culture Box Information: 

Click here to find links to Global Classroom Supplementary Digital Resources online that complement the hands-on content of our Culture Box library.


Teacher Workshops & Youth Forum


K-12 educator workshops and high school youth forums provide interactive sessions and educational resources that strengthen knowledge about local and global issues. Each event creates opportunities to collaborate with others and discuss how to integrate resources into the school community. Engaging speakers and interactive sessions have addressed regions around the world and themes such as the immigration and refugee experience, the global link between the environment and social justice, and women in the world. Follow our News and Events page for information on upcoming Teach the World Workshops and Youth Forums.


Young Leaders in Action 


Young Leaders in Action (YLA) is a year-long program that brings together a group of 20 high school students from across the greater Portland area. Leaders meet to learn about local and global issues, develop leadership skills, engage in service-learning, and create a project addressing a topic in their community.



The program empowers young people from Oregon to promote cross-cultural understanding and be leaders in their communities and in the wider world. YLA participants have opportunities to meet and collaborate with visitors from our International Visitor Program, and serve as a youth advisory board for the organization. Visit worldoregon/young_leaders_in_action to learn more!

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