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 youth and education programs reach more than 400 educators and 10,000 students throughout Oregon. Global Classroom programs include:


Global & Multicultural Resource Center

The Global & Multicultural Resource Center has been building a lending library of educational materials for over 30 years. Topics include: cultural awareness for young children, the arts, crafts, food, music, folklore of the world, intercultural communication, and community-building. Equity Materials address anti-bias, social justice, gender equality, and human rights issues affecting our world—both locally and globally. The library also houses a hands-on program that helps children develop sensitivity to people with special needs. (View or download the complete library list of all resources here.)


Culture Boxes

Best-known and most popular in our 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. Filled with authentic treasures from over 100 nations of the world, the boxes provide in-depth lessons about specific countries and cultures. In addition to curriculum and activities, boxes can include musical instruments, cooking utensils, traditional dress, games, and much more. The Culture Boxes are a great catalyst for meeting people from the countries they represent. We can help 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. Watch this video to learn how teachers use the culture boxes. Contact Karen Ettinger to make an appointment to see the boxes or reserve one for your classroom! 

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2-page Informational Flier  

Culture Box & Prop List 

Alignment to Oregon Standards & The Common Core


Teach the World Workshops & Youth Forums 

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 Council. Visit worldoregon/youngleaders to learn more!

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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