Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Supporting Teaching for Languages and Cultures of Ancient Greece and Rome

The Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS) designated Karin Suzadail of Owen J. Roberts High School as a “CAAS Leadership Initiative Grant Partner” through participation in a new professional initiative. CAAS Leadership Initiative Partners: Support and Outreach to Latin Teachers in the Classical Association of the Atlantic States Region (2013-16) seeks to foster contact between Latin teachers and CAAS leadership in support of pre-collegiate level Latin programs and their teachers.

Under this grant, Professor Ronnie Ancona, Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center, is partnering with fifteen Latin teachers over three years. Professor Ancona has extensive background in the area of Latin pedagogy. She has over twenty years of experience directing Hunter’s MA program in the teaching of Latin, has published several Latin textbooks, and is a coauthor of the APA-ACL Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation. From 2010-2014 she served as Vice President for Education of the American Philological Association (now the Society for Classical Studies). She is the immediate Past President of CAAS.

Professor Ancona spent the day with teachers and students at Owen J. Roberts High School on May 24, 2016, touring the school and visiting Latin 2, 3, and 4 Honors, AP Latin, and Latin 2 College Prep classes with Mrs. Suzadail, Ms. Colleen Marengo and Mr. Jon Yoder. Professor Ancona spent the last class of the day with Latin 1B at the Middle School.

The mission of CAAS, founded in 1907, is to strengthen teaching and research and foster public support for the languages, civilizations, and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome in the mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania). CAAS offers an annual fall meeting in the region typically during Columbus Day weekend. Besides papers and panels on many classical topics, these meetings are notable for their sessions on new directions in teaching and research and for their discussions and workshops on professional issues such as the state of Classics in other countries, preparation of professional abstracts, etc. All members receive the association’s quarterly journal, Classical World, which publishes articles and reviews for “the scholarly teacher and the teaching scholar.”

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