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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Each year, Global Classroom programs reach more than 400 educators and 10,000 students throughout Oregon. Global Classroom includes:

1) Global & Multicultural Resource Center

2) Culture Boxes

3) Teach the World Workshops and Youth Forum

4) Young Leaders in Action

Download flier with all of the events lined up for the 2018-19 school year! 

Global & Multicultural Resource Center

The Global & Multicultural Resource Center (GMRC) has been building a lending library of educational materials for over 30 years. These materials include Culture Boxes on over 100 countries and a reference library of books, lessons, activities and curricula. 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 GMC 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 Immersions can help transform your school into a microcosm of the world with realia displays, hallway art galleries, global guests and culminating events that include the whole community. Virtual Culture Boxes 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, the name of the box you would like to reserve. 

The variety of objects were amazing! Every single student found something that interested them. I had one group of students who were examining coins and then, without any prompting from me, took out their own money to compare and contrast. This level of interest and natural curiosity is exactly what I was hoping to achieve!”

-Chehalem Middle School Teacher   

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Watch this video to learn how teachers use the Culture Boxes.

Culture Box & Prop List. 

Alignment to Oregon Standards & The Common Core.

Global Guests Bring Culture Boxes Alive!

The Culture Boxes are a great catalyst for your students to meet people from around the world in person! Please contact Karen Ettinger to make arrangements for local college students, community members, and WorldOregon International Visitor Program guests to visit your classroom and bring the Culture Boxes to life.

Portland State University-International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) students explain how they use the Culture Boxes in classrooms.

News article-Culture Boxes Come Alive!



Teach the World 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 22 high school students from across the greater Portland area. Leaders meet monthly 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/youngleaders to learn more!

Global Classroom Informational Flier 


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“Oregon is better because of the dialogue sparked by WorldOregon programs—and my life is enriched by the knowledge and friendships I've gained by being a member. WorldOregon gives me hope for our global future!” - Yassi Irajpanah, Member & Supporter