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ANNUAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD SPONSORED BY NIAF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or elissa@niaf.org


(WASHINGTON, DC – February 3, 2006) For the fourth year, the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will honor a teacher at the elementary or secondary level for excellence in the teaching of Italian language and culture with the NIAF Teacher of the Year Award. The winner will be announced September 2006 and recognized at NIAF’s education luncheon held in conjunction with the Foundation’s annual gala and convention weekend on October 20, 2006. Application post-mark deadline: June 30, 2006.

The award recipient will receive a continuing education stipend for study in Italy, at either the University of Siena or the University of Perugia in a specialized course designed for teachers of the Italian language for foreigners, “Corso di Aggiornamento per Insegnanti All’Estero” (Refresher Course for Foreign Teachers) during the summer of 2007. Expenses paid will include: transportation between the U.S. and Italy; tuition; course fees; accommodations; and a daily food stipend at the University cafeteria.

An award committee of professionals will select the NIAF Teacher of the Year. All nominees will be notified in early September of 2006. For information regarding eligibility requirements, application procedures, and a printable application, visit www.niaf.org/teacheroftheyear.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans. Learn more about our programs and events by visiting www.niaf.org.




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