2011-12 Events

Teaching Italian Symposium/
Workshop IV:
"The New AP Exam: Formazione di docenti e discenti"
October 21st, 2011


‌Speaker Presentations:
Frank Nuessel
Italian Language and Culture Exam:
Theory, Themes, Content, Practice, Scoring Guidelines, and Materials Preparation

Elissa Tognozzi
Experiencing Language and Culture almost as if they were there

On Friday, October 21th, the Department of Spanish and Italian and the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America hosted their sixth annual professional development program for teachers of Italian, entitled "Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop: The New AP Exam: Formazione di docenti e discenti"

For more pictures on this event, please click here.
In case you missed it, here's our full program!

Congratulazioni Rosalie Romano

The Coccia-Inserra Award honors a teacher of Italian at the K-12 level, and is generously donated by Coccia Foundation in the name and memory of its founder, Cav. Joseph Coccia, Jr., and by Mr. Lawrence R. Inserra, Jr. Founded in 1994 by Joseph and Elda Coccia, and now under the leadership of President Elisa Coccia, Coccia Foundation aggressively pursues the preservation and promotion of Italian culture, in conjunction with its ‘academic arm,’ the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America at Montclair State University. Mr. Inserra also contributes significantly to the rich field of Italian American Studies, having instituted in 2011 the Theresa and Lawrence R. Inserra Endowed Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies, also housed at Montclair State University.




Italian Language and Culture Day
"Un giorno nella vita di.../A Day in the Life of...."
March 28th, 2012

‌‌A full house of almost 300 students of Italian from New Jersey middle and high schools competed during Italian Heritage Day, the annual signature collaboration between the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America (the ‘academic arm’ of Coccia Foundation) and the Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey (ITANJ). Held on March 28th in the Conference Center at Montclair State University, this year’s theme was “Un giorno nella vita di...”. Under the leadership of ITANJ President, Comm. Catherine Vignale, and supported by the ITANJ Organizing Committee, this program provided an exciting and unique opportunity to showcase not only the Italian proficiency, but the creativity and artistic talents, of students at the middle and high school levels.

If you would like to view other pictures from this event, please click here.
In case you missed it, here's our full program!‌‌




Italian Scholarships and Awards Ceremony
April 25th, 2012

We welcome you to see what we have to offer and encourage you to contact us for additional information about future scholarships and awards!

The Coccia Institute warmly congratulates all our scholarship and awards recipients! A special thank you to our generous donors, our Italian faculty, and to all the families of our award recipients who joined in our joyous celebration on April 3rd! And last, but certainly not least, grazie mille, student volunteers!
Please enjoy this web album from Wednesday's Italian Scholarships and Awards Ceremony.