Public and private elementary or middle schools of the Midwest area can apply for a grant for a newly-begun or existing Italian curricular program (please note that Italian must be included on the report card and grants cannot be used for after school programs). The awards can cover the salary of a full-time certified teacher of Italian in grades Pre-K through 10. Please note that schools are responsible for paying the teacher’s salary in full and Italidea-Midwest will reimburse the school at the end of the year.
Priority will be given to:
- Schools with a (perspective) full time program
- Programs established according to the guidelines provided in the World Languages Curriculum Framework of each state
- Schools with certified teachers (State certification is mandatory in public schools and strongly recommended in private schools)
Upon acceptance, schools that have been awarded a grant are required to submit a detailed Italian Program Description.
This is an excellent opportunity to begin Italian programs in districts that have strong community support for the study of the Italian language and culture. In addition, with our contribution your district will be able to start teaching Italian in elementary school. This early start will ensure that the future of the Italian programs will grow to eventually include all grade levels and subsequently an Italian AP program.
Be sure the proposal is filled in every part and includes the following:
- Data about your school
- Community interest in Italian courses
- Intended curriculum
- Assessment of student performance
- Financial plan or budget on how to sustain the program beyond the funding period
- If your school has applied for Federal or other funding