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•   Originally designed lessons for Advanced Placement Italian class on a regular basis
•    Course programs, grading policy and class expectations presented clearly to students, sent to parents via email and posted on Gradespeed software database
•    Detailed daily lesson plans with unit objectives
•    Daily lesson schedule posted on the board
•    Use of a wide selection of different types of class activities (listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural)
•    Large use of supplementary material, in order to provide students with an even wider variety of learning sources
•    Lesson plans and activities updated and archived neatly, divided by levels and topics;
•    Use of Italian newspapers, web papers, blogs in the target language for advanced classes
•    Comprehensive substitute folder that contains detailed emergency lesson plans, along with alternate plans

Work habits
•    Daily sponge activity at the beginning of each class
•    Desks arranged in pairs, in order to easily allow pair-work
•    Objectives of the daily lessons clearly posted on the board
•    Lesson plans mostly based on real-life dialogues and situations
•    Grades are given in weighted percentages (participation, warm-ups, tests, homework)
•    Preparation of original lesson plans, activities and tests
•    Different types of testing methods (multiple choice, essays, matching, short answers, listening exercises, open dialogues, etc.)
•    Reinforcement of linguistic situations and cultural aspects in study trips
•    Publication of selected students’ articles on quarterly Foreign Language Newsletter
•    Large variety of visual stimuli in the classroom
•    Lesson pace gives students opportunity to be on task all the time

Promoting Digital Learning
•    Creation and update of personal website, 2003 to present
•    Creation of Class Blog/Website:
•    Large use of Smart Board activities from textbook software and originally designed lessons
•    Creation of technology-based lesson plans
•    Large use of original Power-Point presentations for new lessons
•    Large use of radio podcasts, video clips, digital video-camera for special projects and related software for activities at all levels
•    Individual students’ digital portfolio or websites, a collection of notes, assignments, reports, dialogues, presentations and such, graded every semester
•    Assignments posted on school Grading database and website
•    Creation of a quarterly Foreign Language Parent Newsletter

Community Liaison
•    Consistent and continuous collaboration with American Consulate in Naples onplanning of joined cultural events for students and teachers
•    Member of AATI (American Association of Teachers of Italian) and ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)
•    Sponsoring of Italian students at Naples High School on a regular basis during the school year, and returning the visit to a selected number of Italian schools
•    Organizing study trips with classes of Italian students acting as tour guides
•    Planning and organization of special school events, such as students meeting and interviewing famous Italian actor, Mr. Croccolo, or inviting an Italian professor to talk to students about Dante’s Inferno
•    Planning and coordinating Naples High School Jazz Band concerts at Italian schools
•    Acting as liaison between Naples High School Junior and High School Honor Societies and local orphanages, for donations and special events
•    Planning of trips to WW2 Museum in Anzio
•    Planning of attendance to theater performances organized by popular Italian Theater Didactic Organizations, such as “Le Nuvole” and “Il Palchetto Stage”, to watch live performances based on literary masterpieces
•    Coordination of events involving Italian peers (i.e. the musical Grease, football games, etc.)
•    Presentations on the American School System to Italian teachers in Italian High Schools;
•    Coordination of the participation in the Italian Performing Arts Festival;
•    Organization of Music concert with Conservatory of Avellino Young String Orchestra at Naples High School, Dec 2012

•    Records of students’ performance and homework updated and posted on school database,
•    Good news notes about student performance sent home regularly
•    Prompt answers to messages from parents
•    Foreign Language Department Newsletter edited quarterly, sent home electronically
•    Publication of Newsletter on school’s Webpage
•    “A Note from the Senior Sponsor” article published on School Newsletter regularly
•    “A Note from the Senior Sponsor” sent to Seniors’ parents through e-mail
•    Use of Facebook group pages for Senior classes and Italian Club
•    Seniors meetings and Italian Club meetings advertised on daily bulletin
•    Always present to parent conferences
•    Point of contact for Study Trip Planning for teachers in every other curriculum area
•    Regular contacts with Italian teachers and students, in order to promote cultural exchanges, that take place regularly during the school-year

•    Planning and supervising 1st Foreign Language Festival ever held in Italy, Apr. 1997
•    Preparation of students for the FL Festivals held yearly after 1997
•    Assistance to the teachers hosting FL Festivals’ following editions
•    Hosting 4th Foreign Language Festival in Naples, in 2001
•    Senior Class sponsor 1994-2011, 2013-2015: planning of meetings, ordering of caps and gowns, organization of graduation ceremony in Italian historical sites, baccalaureate, supervising of fundraisers, preparation of both baccalaureate and graduation programs
•    Italian Club sponsor since 1991: planning of weekly meetings, organization of fundraisers during the most important Italian holidays, spreading the Italian culture in the school, planning and participation in an end-of-the-year trip to an Italian site
•    Participation in many school activities, such as Homecoming, Prom, and other school-related activities
•    Coordination of Italian culture activities for other teachers, such as the organization of study trips to cultural sites
•    Posting of lessons on College Board Teacher Community area and on USspeaksItalian (Italian Embassy in Washington)

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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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