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Calling all K-12 Italian Teachers! Apply for $5,000 Coccia-Inserra Award

Date 06.06.2019

The Director of the Coccia Institute is delighted to announce the 2019 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 2019. 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 26, 2019. All applications and supporting material must be submitted electronically.

The Coccia-Inserra Award will be presented on Friday, October 25, 2019 during our twelfth annual Teaching Italian Symposium-Workshops, the Coccia Institute’s signature professional development program for teachers of Italian, offered in collaboration with Montclair State University’s Italian program. The recipient’s travel and lodging expenses will be assumed by the Coccia-Inserra Award committee.

For a copy of the application or if you would like additional information, please feel free to contact Dr. Mary Ann Re, Director of the Coccia Institute, at or go to:

Apply for the Coccia-Inserra 2019 Teaching Award

***Teachers who applied in the past but were not selected for the award may resubmit their applications, reusing their videos (unless they wish to redo them), simply UPDATING the application to reflect their current status.***