In 1995, Centro Attività Scolastiche Italiane (C.A.S.IT., Inc.), as proposed by the Italian Consulate General in Boston, was formed as a non-profit educational and professional organization, under the leadership of Maria Gioconda Motta, for the promotion of Italian language and culture in the public and private schools of New England.
Our Mission is to assist communities that wish to introduce, preserve, rejuvenate or broaden the study of the Italian language in their schools. CASIT offers grants of varying amounts for the establishment of Italian language and cultural programs with the ultimate purpose to institute Italian as a subject in the school curriculum.
The Italian Ministry of Foreign affairs, through the Consulate General of Italy of Boston, provides partial incentive funds for Italian Instruction in New England elementary, middle and high schools. CASIT, an “ente gestore” (managing entity) for the Italian Ministry, receives and administers the grants and funds. If your school/district is interested in starting or continuing an Italian program, please contact our office or download the Enrollment Form and follow the instructions for grant requests. You will also need to provide the following information:
You will also need to provide the following information:
- School profile and district data
- Community Interest in world language instruction
- Experience with world language instruction in the district
- Italian language – program proposal
- Availability of certified teachers; Evidence of Support for Program
CASIT develops and maintains courses in Italian public and private schools in New England using its own funds raised as well as contributions received annually from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. CASIT is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, legally recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Internal Revenue Service, whose board of directors is composed exclusively of experts in the local school system. The role of CASIT is to assist, through the provision of grants, consultancy and training, school districts or individual schools wishing to implement, maintain, or expand the study of Italian language among the curriculum subjects.
Types of support:
New Programs: Establish new Italian programs with the hope that these programs continue to operate independently and become an integral part of the curriculum of studies within the schools.
Existing Programs: Support Italian language programs already existing by providing books and teaching materials for students and teachers.
Teacher Support: Assist teachers in Italian by hosting regular workshops and training sessions.
Library: Maintain resource library for Italian Teachers and Tutors: includes materials in areas of art, cinema, culture, vocabulary, etc. (see Resources)
Gioca con Me: Children Laboratories of age 4 to 10.
Adult Classes: Offer Adult Education Classes offered.
Student Contests: Organizes competitions and events to promote Italian language and culture via essay and art contests.
By working closely with the schools and the Italian Consulate, CASIT demonstrates its commitment to the success of Italian language. In collaboration with Italian government agencies, Italian and Italian-American organizations, colleges, universities, and schools, CASIT is working to maintain and strengthen the position of Italian language instruction in our schools. CASIT achieves this through methods that are both creative and educationally sound.