Invited Talks - Presentations

A list of my contributions when invited to talk at conferences, conventions, workshops, seminars and more.  My participations are combined with digital screen presentations I develop myself.


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•    Integrating the Italian Culture in your Language Activities webinar, ITANJ Sept 20
•    Interactive Activities to Utilize During Distance Learning webinar, ITANJ Sept 20
•    How to build and use interactive activities in class and remote with Peardeck, NMHS Sept 20
•    The AP exam, webinar sponsored by Calandra Institute and Società Dante Alighieri, NY, April 2020
•    Practice for AP activities/2, webinar sponsored by Calandra Institute and Società Dante Alighieri, NY, April 2020
•    Practical suggestions for the AP exam tasks, webinar sponsored by Department of Defense Education Activity, March 2020
•    Practice for AP activities/1, webinar sponsored by Calandra Institute and Società Dante Alighieri, NY, March 2020
•    The AP course framework/2, webinar sponsored by Calandra Institute and Società Dante Alighieri, NY, March 2020
•    The AP course framework/1, webinar sponsored by Calandra Institute and Società Dante Alighieri, NY, Feb 2020
•    Practices for an effective AP course, webinar sponsored by Department of Defense Education Activity, Feb 2020
•    How to build an effective AP World Language Course, webinar sponsored by Department of Defense Education Activity, Jan 2020
•    "Using current events to create original vertical units", ACTFL Conference, Washington, Nov 2019
•    "Integrating the Italian culture in your language activities", guest speaker at workshop at Iona University, New York, Nov 2019
•    "Building an effective AP Italian course from the beginning to the advanced levels", NYCAFLT/UFT Conference, New York, Nov 2019
•    "Practical examples of vertical units", AATI-LI webinar, Oct 2019
•    "Strategies to build an effective AP course starting from the beginning level", AATI National Conference, Marist College, June  2019
•    “AP and more!/2 : ‘Il linguaggio della tecnologia’ and ‘I miei libri’” Webinar organized by AATI Long Island, Jan 2019 Webinar organized by AATI Long Island, Feb 2019
•    “AP and more!/1 : ‘Canzoni per riflettere’ and ‘Il linguaggio della pubblicità’” Webinar organized by AATI Long Island, Jan 2019
•    "Flipgrid: hear every student's voice in your classroom. The use of an effective technological teaching tool.", Teacher Workshop Day at Naples MHS, Oct. 2018
•    "Suggerimenti e strategie didattiche per preparare gli studenti all'esame AP", Webinar to Teachers of Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey, Oct 2018
•    "Current Events in Vertical Units: come utlizzare le notizie per unità didattiche verticali", Webinar to Teachers of Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey, Sept 2018
•    "How to structure an AP course", Webchat with Teachers of Italian Association of New Jersey, Aug 2018
•    "Motivating students to keep studying Italian", Webchat with Teachers of Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey, Aug 2018
•    "Reinforcing Writing Skills Through the AP Course and Exam", John Calandra Institute, New York, Oct 2017
•    "Suggestions for effective activities in Italian classes through practical original lessons", conduction of workshop at Florida International University, Miami Oct 2017
•    "How to develop AP Italian Thematic units to help students be successful at AP exam", Teacher Development night, Cincinnati, June 2017
•    "Best Practices to Enhance CLIL in the Classrooms" workshop to teachers of Istituto Europa, Pomigliano, Naples, Mar 2016
•    Keynote speaker at Conference on "The Benefits of Bilingualism", Istituto La Sala, Aversa, Feb 2016
•    "Using current events to design original lessons in AP Italian" session at the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, Nov 2015
•    "Using Technology to design original lessons in AP Italian" session at the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX, Nov 2014
•    5 day workshop on "Talking about Legality: Icons in American and Italian Cultures" NMHS and Istituto Europa, Naples, Nov 2014
•    "Video advertising and Italian languages for special purposes", in collaboration with Sant’Anna Institute of Sorrento, ACTFL Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX, Nov 2014
•    "Using Technology to design original lessons in AP Italian" session at the ACTFL AP Italian at the 2014 College Board Advanced Placement Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA Jul 2014
•    "Using Technology to design original lessons in AP Italian" session at the AP Summer Institute at Universita’ per Stranieri of Perugia, Jul 2014
•    "Data collection and evaluation in Foreign Language Classes" session to the Faculty of Naples American Middle High School, Mar 2014
•    "School Improvement Plan: Embedding School Goals into a Foreign Language Lesson", session to the Faculty of Naples American Middle High School, Jan 2013
•    "Improving Writing Skills in Class", to the Faculty of Naples American Middle High School, Oct 2012
•    "Using Math Skills in Foreign Language Classes" session the Faculty of Naples American Middle High School, Mar 2011
•    "How to Improve Critical Thinking in Class"session to the Faculty of Naples Middle High School, Oct   2009
•    "School Improvement Plan: Best Practices in Class" session to the Faculty of Naples MHS, Nov  2007
•    "Use of Technology in Foreign Language Classes" workshop at the Foreign Language Pre-Implementation Conference, Frankfurt, Germany, Feb 2002

professional background

DoDEA

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a civilian agency of the United States Department of Defense that manages all schools for military children and teenagers in the United States and also overseas at American military bases worldwide. DoDEA also provides support to more than one million military-connected students who attend public schools throughout the United States. It is headed by a director who oversees all agency functions from the Mark Center in Alexandria Virginia. DoDEA's schools are divided into three areas, each of which is managed by an area director. Within each of these three areas, schools are organized into districts headed by superintendents.
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College Board

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.  Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.
Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.
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ACTFL

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,000 language educators, students, and administrators.   ACTFL holds an annual Convention and World Languages Expo that provides participating teachers with an amazing educational journey with the option to choose from more than 700 educational sessions in a variety of formats covering a wide spectrum of the language profession. The ACTFL Convention is an international event bringing together more than 6,000 language educators from all languages, levels and assignments.
>> visit the ACTFL website

AATI

The American Association of Teachers of Italian is a professional organization of scholars worldwide who contribute to the multi-disciplinary field of Italian Studies through teaching, research, and service. Our mission is to promote, advance, and preserve the study of Italian language, literature, and culture in its multiple historical and contemporary manifestations. The AATI achieves these goals by sponsoring meetings, seminars, conferences, competitions, workshops, national examinations, the National Italian Honor Society, and by publishing the quarterly journal Italica, dedicated to excellence in teaching and research in all areas of Italian studies. The AATI also collaborates with other professional organizations to accomplish its objectives.
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