Teaching Italian: A Symposium/Workshop for Instruction Materials is the signature event of the Italian section of the Department of Spanish and Italian and The Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America. The first symposium, inaugurated September 2008 for teachers of Italian in New Jersey, has developed into the professional development event for Italian teachers across the U.S., and has surpassed geographical boundaries, with teachers attending from as far away as Ohio.
In 2010, the first Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12), was conferred at Teaching Italian III: Technology - Getting with the Program. The annual prize ($1,000) to honor an outstanding teacher of Italian at the K-12 level, has doubled since its establishment (currently $2,000), and is used to advance its curriculum and programming in Italian language and culture at the recipient's school.
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