Teaching Italian: A Symposium/Workshop for Instructional Materials is the signature event of the Italian program in the Department of World Languages and Cultures and The Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America. Since 2008, a unique program for teachers of Italian is held annually to engage teachers in conversations and workshops on best practices. Together with experts, they develop engaging and stimulating materials personalized to student levels and interests, using a wealth of strategies and techniques, for instant incorporation in the Italian classroom.
The success of this program has surpassed the original vision for teachers of Italian in New Jersey; it is now a professional development event for Italian teachers across the U.S. and has transcended geographical boundaries, with participants from across the U.S., Canada, and Italy.
In 2010, the first Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12), was conferred. The award, in the amount of $4,000 is divided equally between the recipient (for professional development) and his/her school (to advance its curriculum and programming in Italian language and culture).