Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12)

The Coccia Institute for the Italian American Experience, a component of CHSS, announces that Cav. Joseph Coccia, in partnership with Mr. Lawrence (Larry) Inserra, have donated the funds necessary to establish an annual prize to honor an outstanding teacher of Italian at the K-12 level. The Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12) will bestow upon the selected recipient’s school $1000 to be used to advance its curriculum and programming in Italian language and culture.

A ‘blue ribbon panel’ of experts has been established to oversee the process and select the award recipients:  Dr. Anthony Tamburri, Dean of the Calandra Institute at Queens College; Consul of Italy in Newark Andrea Barbaria; Dr. Andrea Baldi, Prof. of Italian at Rutgers University/New Brunswick; Dr. Roberto Dolci, Associate Professor of Linguistics, Università per Stranieri di Perugia Tecnologie; and Dr. Marisa Trubiano, Professor of Italian at Montclair State University.

The first winner of the Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12) will be presented on October 15th, 2010, on the occasion of the third annual ‘signature’ collaboration between the Coccia Institute and MSU’s Department of Spanish and Italian:  “Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop, the focus of which for 2010 is “Technology: Getting with the Program.”  Further supporting the presentation of the initial award in the Fall is the simultaneous institution of MSU’s Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies.

For further information about the Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12), contact Mary Ann Re, Director of the Coccia Institute at 973-655-4038 or e-mail at <rem@mail.montclair.edu>.