Students from the 2018 Langauge and Culture Day holding up the props they used
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Announcing the 2021 Coccia-Inserra Teaching Award Application

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Coccia-Inserra Italian Teaching Award

Calling all Teachers of Italian at the K-12 Levels:

The Director of the Coccia Institute is delighted to announce the 2021 Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12). Recognizing the importance of acknowledging and motivating excellence in the teaching of Italian, the Coccia family and Lawrence Inserra, Jr., have established this significant award.

Our donors will be awarding a very generous prize of $5000 as the monetary component of the Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12) for academic year 2021. These funds are to be allocated as follows:

a) $2500 is to be used exclusively to advance the Italian language and culture curriculum and programming within the recipient’s classroom;
b) $2500 is to be dedicated to the professional development of the winning teacher (for direct payment of academic fees to an institution of professional development in Italian language and culture at home or abroad).

We strongly encourage full-time language teachers certified in Italian who are teaching a minimum of two classes of Italian at the K-12 level to apply! Please note: The deadline for applications is Friday, July 30, 2021.

The Coccia-Inserra Award will be presented virtually on Friday, October 22, 2021 during our fourteenth annual Teaching Italian Symposium.


All applications and supporting material MUST be submitted electronically via this Google Form (one submission only per applicant). No paper submissions will be accepted. Applications will be considered incomplete if sent via email. For your convenience, view a copy of the guidelines for this year’s application here.

We recommend that applicants read the attached document first before submitting the Google form.

If you would like additional information or have any questions, please feel free to contact Professor Mark Rotella, Director of the Coccia Institute, at and Cristina Latino, Coccia Institute Program Assistant, at

View the flyer here.

Grazie mille!