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13 California Italian High School Teachers Attend CWLP/CLTA Summer Seminar in Santa Barbara

Date 07.29.2015

SANTA BARBARA, CA- July 27, 2015 – In January Fondazione Italia was informed of an opportunity by the California World Language Project (CWLP), in collaboration with the California Language Teachers’ Association (CLTA), to offer a week-long College Board-endorsed Italian Advanced Placement Strand for Italian Language high school teachers on the UC Santa Barbara campus. After several months of fundraising efforts by Fondazione Italia together with the Education Office of the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco, 13 California Italian High School teachers were able to recently participate in the first ever Italian high school teacher Advanced Placement Professional Training Strand that took place from July 17 to July 23.  This strand was an exceptional professional growth opportunity for Italian language teachers and an important initiative that Fondazione Italia believes will result in new and stronger Italian programs in Southern California high schools from level 1 to level 4/AP®.

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Duarte Silva, the Executive Director of CWLP said, “We truly enjoyed having the Italian AP® program as a part of the Seminar this year…we look forward to future collaborations for how we can continue to mutually support the teaching and learning of Italian language and culture.” The week was spent between attending “general sessions” that gave all high school language teachers different tools to prepare them for the demands of meeting three essential elements in their curricular offerings, Common Core, World Readiness and Interculturality, and attending “strand sessions” which focused on preparing Italian high school teachers to teach an Italian AP® level course while they were simultaneously tools to lay the foundation for the AP® exam in their level 1 – 4 classes.

The Italian Strand was led by Bruna Boyle, an adjunct professor in the Italian Department at the University of Rhode Island and College Board-approved reader for the AP® Italian Language and Culture Exam with 31 years of experience teaching Italian to high school students.

Lourdes Renteria, the Italian teacher at Hilltop High School said, “The CWLP/CTLA conference was absolutely wonderful and very helpful. The strategies I learned I applied them immediately in class. I walked away with new ideas, a renewed passion for my career and new friends. Meeting other Italian teachers is so valuable since we are all over the state and country, we rarely get to meet and interact with each other. The conference gave us the opportunity to improve our teaching.”

Opportunities like this one would not be possible without the generous support of the Italian-American community and organizations. All the teachers and Fondazione Italia would like to acknowledge the following donors for making this incredible initiative a reality for the 13 California high school Italian teachers who attended the Italian Summer Seminar at UCSB: Marisa Antonini, COM.IT.ES, Orange County American Italian Renaissance Foundation, Di Stefano Cheese Co., Patrons of Italian Culture, Associazione Pugliese, Julie Brown, and Atelier KF Interior Design.