Lyn Scolaro

Professoressa Lyn Scolaro has been teaching Italian for 36 years, currently at Prospect High school and previously at Guerin High School). She holds a BA in Italian from Rosary College with a minor in Spanish, an MA from Roosevelt University and an MA from Aurora University. She is co-president of the American Association of Teachers of Italian-Midwest and K-12 vice president for AATI National, and serves on the Development Committee for the AP Italian Exam. Her AP Italian Class was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Frantoi Redoro in Grezzana (Verona) and her Italian 4 Honors class is working with the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago to create a visitor’s guide in Italian and in English. The JCCIA receent Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Humanitarian Award in Education.

New education director arrives in Chicago

Dottoressa Marina Lenza is the new director of the Education Office of the Italian Consulate of Chicago. Lenza was born near l’Aquila in the Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e dei Monti della Laga, the largest mountainous area of Abruzzo. She graduated from La Sapienza, the University of Rome, and has held roles in the Ministry of Education as a teacher and didactic director. She has also worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the administration and coordination of Italian educational and cultural institutes, as well as with Italian training systems, particularly language and culture courses abroad. Lenza’s goals …

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Italidea names first executive director

Dottoressa Daniela Cavallero has been named the first executive director of Italidea Midwest. A 501(c)3 charitable organization, Italidea-Midwest fosters the study of the Italian language and the promotion of Italian culture. The organization works in conjunction with the Chicago Italian Consulate and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 10 Midwest states. Cavallero is an adjunct professor of Italian in the Modern Languages Department at DePaul University and the president of Sentieri Italiani in Chicago. She has taught on the high school level in Italy as well as at other universities in the metropolitan area. A native of Torino, Piemonte, Italia, …

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Italidea-Midwest offre fondi per le scuole medie di Chicago città, provincia di Chicago e St. Louis grazie ai contributi del Ministero dell’Istruzione e la raccolta fondi per mantenere e eventualmente creare nuovi programmi di lingua italiana per la scuola media. Domenica 23 febbraio 2020, Italidea-Midwest ha ospitato la sua prima festa di Carnevale per studenti, genitori, insegnanti e la comunità italiana per presentare ogni scuola, i lavori dei loro studenti e per celebrare il Carnevale nello stile di Italidea-Midwest. L’evento, tenuto a Casa Italia, ha dato spazio a molte attività. Ogni scuola membro di Italidea-Midwest ha presentato i lavori dei …

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For love of la bella lingua

Five-time Oscar winner Federico Fellini once said, “A different language is a different vision of life.” As a world-renowned film director, Fellini captured many aspects of life through his lens, immersing us in various cultures. Fellini believed that exposure to different languages forces us to see the world from the perspective of the people who speak those languages and the cultures in which they live. I am proud to have been named the ente gestore (president) of Italidea-Midwest as of January 2020. Italidea-Midwest is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to teaching students the Italian language as well as the traditions …

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Business benefits of Italian emphasized at symposium

The American Association of Teachers of Italian-Midwest hosted a symposium based on the current “Made in Italy” trend sweeping World Languages. With enrollments diminishing, programs closing, and the lack of teachers to replace retiring teachers and long-term leaves, we need to come together! It is important to begin to look towards the future and to move our classes into a more hands on, career pathway type of methodology, or at least a unit lesson to expose our students to the reality of “life in Italian beyond high school and not just for credit”. That isn’t enough anymore. In this way, …

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