|New Fellowship Honors William Sanders Scarborough
William Sanders Scarborough, Class of 1875, Oberlin College. Photo courtesy of Oberlin College Archives.
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens has established a fellowship in honor of William Sanders Scarborough.
|Summer Professional Development Opportunities
|Join Jill Crooker as her online workshop (July 20–23) helps you navigate the AP Latin curriculum in a distance learning world.
|B-C's Special Distance Learning Page with Complimentary Materials
|In response to school closures due to COVID-19, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is making a variety of materials available to the classics community in order to ease the transition to distance learning. Please see our new Distance Learning page to freely access downloadable packets of fair use excerpts from our books as well as some fun mythology-related activities.
|Classical Conferences and Meetings in 2020
CANCELLED - Stay tuned for details about the NJCL Annual Convention
July 24–29, 2020
University of Richmond
Representatives: Donald Sprague and Amelia Wallace
|The next webinar schedule will be posted on this web page in August. Watch for updates on our Facebook page, Twitter, and eLitterae monthly eNewsletter.
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|In these Covidian times, the days are a daze that blur on through the weeks. And, suddenly, it’s mid-July!
Your colleagues at Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers send you warm wishes and positive energy that these few weeks before classes resume are restful, relaxing, and restorative. We join you in your concern about what form the return to school will take and with you hope that government and school leaders will make fully-informed decisions.
In this issue, we welcome a piece from Laurie Edge Jolicoeur, a colleague from Illinois. Laurie is a passionate promoter of the classics and singlehandedly built an excellent program at Lyons Township High School. It was my privilege to lead her students on study tours of Rome. Their collective unflagging enthusiasm, engagement, and energy were inspiring and made for a rewarding experience for all. Check out Laurie’s reflections on how to promote your classics program.
With every good wish,
Be prepared for potential distance learning again this coming school year—LUMINA serves as a great online learning tool.
Teachers have told us what a wonderful learning tool LUMINA for Latin for the New Millennium
has been, especially as COVID-19 forced teachers to pivot to distance learning. We encourage you to consider subscribing to LUMINA for Latin for the New Millennium
for the 2020–2021 school year. To learn more about LUMINA
, check out this overview
. For firsthand experience with the functionality of the platform, explore this link
Teacher Testimonials for LUMINA for LNM
Lumina for LNM has been invaluable in the classroom. It allows students to revisit concepts that they are struggling with in ways that they could not with written work. It also makes grading a breeze! I am able to spend more time coming up with fun activities because of Lumina. It was also extremely useful when we had to go online for school. The students had easy access to their assignments.
—Shannon Dickey, Opelika High School, Opelika, Alabama
The online vocabulary quizzes have saved me a lot of grading! I love the option for students to repeat quizzes and activities until they get 100%. This system encourages students to practice.
Our Latin courses were already hybrid (all materials online, with in-person classes) before the shift to online only, but Lumina certainly made the transition easier.
—Elza Tiner, Professor of Latin & English, University of Lynchburg
LUMINA for LNM
is teacher-friendly! It works with an LMS (Learning Management System) that supports LTI. If your school does not provide an LMS, Bolchazy-Carducci can host your classes on its Moodle. And, we’ve improved
the usability for teachers! Each school will have its own Lumina LNM
Level 1 or Level 2 course in the B-C Moodle. Within the course the school will have separate groups for each class in the level. This provides the teacher with options to set learner attempts: number of times a student can try an exercise, which score is recorded, and the teacher “completing all attempts.”
|Teaching Tip: Promoting Your Classics Program
Creating a consistent and targeted approach
to marketing Latin.
Advocating for (or marketing) the study of Latin and Greek and the Classics is a lifestyle. We are always looking for ways to enlighten people wherever we go because we know there is a formidable force out there that we are pushing against.
This kind of entry promotes conversation in which we are our own agents of program dynamic.
Relationships are primary.
Reputation is equally important.
- Be a strong school team advocate of administrative initiatives as much as possible. Know board goals, principal goals, and department goals and be intentional about delivering them for your classes with integrity.
- Support the Activities Director by finding ways to participate in all-school activities (extra points if you can tweak the Homecoming theme in some classical direction!)
- Cultivate a mutually supportive relationship with the school (or district’s) communications or public relations officer.
We, classics teachers, are agents of our own strong positive reputation and are catalysts for our own evolving advocacy.
Self-reflect on the following questions and create inspired professional Latin colleague relationships that discuss the following questions.
- Build integrity in the program by being visible whenever possible.
- Cultivate a reputation of being an inspiring teacher and willing to teach all students, including the differently-abled.
- Coach your students to share specific examples of how they are stronger students because of your Latin or Greek class.
- Cultivate partnerships with school counselors who spend time with students during decision-making conversations and during course sign-up time can help or hurt classics enrollments.
- Avoid negativity in words or actions in public professional settings.
- Pay attention to what positive things your colleagues are doing to draw students to their courses and find your discipline’s expression of that—e.g., humor, travel to Rome, service projects, etc.
Laurie Edge Jolicoeur
- How do you prioritize your professional relationships and keep observing opportunities for building relationships with colleagues who bring support to your Latin/Greek program?
E.g., Student Activities Director, Curriculum Director, counselor, Principal, Department Chair, colleague from another department, Communications/Public Relations Director, yearbook adviser?
- How do you maintain an ongoing/sustained Latin/Greek presence in your school/district?
E.g., take a group photo during every monthly club meeting to send to the Communications/Public Relations Director and to make into a laminated poster to put up in the classroom or, ideally, in the hall.
- What role does expressing gratitude play in your developing your professional reputation and the reputation of the Latin/Greek community?
E.g., do you intentionally and overtly thank parents for talking about Latin at social engagements, sporting events, in the carpool on the way home? Do you thank the Public Relations/Communications Director for promulgating a classics story or photo?
- How do you train your students to be ready to talk about and advocate for taking Latin/Greek?
E.g., when a peer denigrates Latin at the lunch table, do they have a personal anecdote they can tell about how Latin helps them?
- What do you do to assure that the “YELP” info on Latin/Greek and your classes are positive?
E.g., how often do you self-reflect on how word “gets out” about Latin and how you (and your students) can promote more of that?
Lyons Township High School
Laurie Edge Jolicoeur taught Latin for thirty-three years at Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, IL, where she transformed a declining program into a robust one, more than doubling enrollment with many students undertaking a full four-year program. Key to her success was building community with her students and networking with key constituencies in her school and community. Jolicoeur holds a BA in the Teaching of Latin from the University of Illinois and an MA in Latin from Loyola University Chicago. In 2015, she received an Exemplary Service to Education Award from her alma mater, Normal Community High School, and its Alumni Foundation for exemplary service to education. Previously, Jolicoeur received the Vita Plena Award from Lyons Township High School and was named the Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year in 2010. Her Illinois colleagues pronounced her Illinois Classical Conference Teacher of the Year in 2004 and the Illinois Junior Classical League Teacher of the Year in 2002. In 2018, she received the Illinois Classical Conference Lifetime Achievement Award. Jolicoeur served as vice president and president of the Illinois Classical Conference and she established the Senior Classical League in Illinois. In her home community, Oak Park, she was a founding member of Prevail, a not-for-profit that provides emergency assistance and compassionate listening and relationships for improving individuals’ lives. Jolicoeur’s greatest legacy is seeing five of her students as well as one of her daughters become Latin teachers. This tribute from the local newspaper announcing Jolicoeur’s retirement will bring a smile to all Latin teachers.
|73rd American Classical League Institute (Virtual)
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers enjoyed participating in the ACL
virtual institute held via Zoom June 22–26, 2020. The online version offered a wonderful opportunity for colleagues who are not always able to come to in-person events to attend presentations and the institute’s various social gatherings. Editors Amelia Wallace and Don Sprague appreciated staffing the daily B-C "office hours," which afforded us the chance to not only see some familiar faces, but also to connect with some new faces and many different members of the classics community.
Amelia also enjoyed presenting about B-C's recently debuted online program to accompany Latin for the New Millennium, Lumina for LNM. As always, it's a delight to connect with teachers who are using the textbook series during conference affinity group gatherings. During her demo, Amelia also gave attendees a sneak peek at brand-new Lumina content: online exercises to accompany AP Vergil and AP Caesar selections! Stay tuned to learn more about these exciting new materials, which we are pleased to make available for Fall 2020.
ACL panels and talks covered a variety of interesting and important topics. A range of presentations provided helpful tips on using spoken Latin and CI principles. Amy Martin-Nelson, a Latin teacher at the Groton School (MA), gave a thought-provoking talk called "Celts, Genocide, and the Archaeology of Caesar's Conquest of Gaul," which provided numerous ideas for teaching the De Bello Gallico in a way that attempts to "pull out" the voices of Gauls from Caesar's work. Several talks addressed inclusive pedagogy and implementing anti-racist strategies in the classroom. Thomas Di Giulio, Latin teacher in the Cheltenham School District, Philadelphia, PA, and Michael Likier, psychologist from Montclair, NJ, presented two impactful sessions that addressed building and then integrating “racial competence” in the Latin classroom.
The institute’s keynote address was delivered by Daron Lee Calhoun II, Facilities, Outreach, and Public Programming Coordinator and Race and Social Justice Initiative Coordinator for the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston. Entitled "Avery, The Spirit that Would Not Die: A Celebration of Black Education," Calhoun discussed the history of African American education in the post-war American South using the lens of the Avery Normal Institute founded May 7, 1865 in Charleston, SC. Just forty-five minutes prior to his address, Calhoun had participated in the peaceful protest that brought down the statue of enslaver John C. Calhoun* that stood in downtown Charleston. He explained that he and others had been working on this important cause for a number of years. His ancestors had been enslaved by John C. Calhoun from 1838 until August 1865 (note the lag—the Emancipation Proclamation was delivered in April that year!). So, it was exciting for him to share about taking down the statue to kick off his presentation about African American education that interweaved the historical with contemporary examples and parallels.
At the institute, the American Classical League annually honors colleagues and supporters for their contributions to the classics. This year’s Emerita/Emeritus
Award recipients included Amy Elifrits
, Judith Hallett
, and Keely Lake
. Click on their names to hear Amy and Judith’s acceptance remarks of the tribute to Keely. Kevin Ballestrini
was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Charles Humphreys Award for Innovative Pedagogy. The award honors the late Humphreys who brought to teaching and the classics profession “a sparkling enthusiasm for scholarship, education, and the humanities.” The ACL Advocacy Award now honors the memory of Keely Lake. The 2020 recipient is North Carolina parent Edlyn Niimi
We look forward to seeing colleagues at the 74th American Classical League Institute at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, in June 2021.
Congratulations to Stacy Snelling of Bishop Moore Catholic High School
in Orlando, FL, who won the Bolchazy-Carducci ACL book drawing
for a $50 gift certificate.
|Lumina: Released to Great Acclaim!
Lumina: Online Guided Practice to Accompany LNM
Lumina online content offers new resources to support LNM, Levels 1 and 2. The interactive guided Language Fact sections provide immediate feedback to students as they preview or review each chapter of Latin for the New Millennium Level 1 or Level 2. Mouse-over vocabulary lists allow a new format for vocabulary mastery. Infinitely replayable crossword puzzles engage students in derivative work. Automatically graded quizzes free up student-teacher interaction time for translation, oral/aural work, discussion, and other learning activities. For a brief overview of the program,
check out this video
Visit our website product pages for information.
Lumina: Latin for the New Millennium Level 1
• Classroom Option
• Individual User Option
Lumina: Latin for the New Millennium Level 2
• Classroom Option
• Individual User Option
Artes Latinae: A Self-Teaching,
Self-Paced Interactive Latin Program
offers a revamped Artes Latinae
. This fully interactive online program teaches all of Latin grammar in two courses. Purchase the program at a special discounted price of 25% off! For a brief overview of the program, check out this video
Visit our website product pages for information.
• Lumina: Artes Latinae Level 1
• Lumina: Artes Latinae Level 2
Based on the program developed by Dr. Waldo E. Sweet of the University of Michigan for Encyclopedia Britannica, Lumina: Artes Latinae is an easy-to-follow course that includes all the tools a student needs to achieve a firm command of Latin. The course was carefully crafted and refined to suit the needs and abilities of a broad spectrum of students. Lumina: Artes Latinae meets existing foreign language requirements for high school graduation.
|Teaching Tips & Resources
|► Resources for Learning and Teaching Online
• Keith Toda provides reflections on this spring’s distance learning experience.
► Res Romanae Britannicae
• Recent research on Roman Richborough.
• Drought reveals evidence of the Roman conquest of Wales.
• Minecraft recreates 5,000-year-old Welsh tomb.
• Metal detector uncovers a Roman lead ingot complete with Latin inscription.
• Norman Conquest influenced English palates.
► Res Romanae
• The BBC provides an overview of the significance of Pompeii.
The 79 CE eruption of Mt. Vesuvius by Pierre-Jacques Volaire
(1728–1799). Public Domain image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
• Explore this immersive experience of Pompeii’s last days.
• Alaskan volcano’s effect on Rome!
• Most of Roman Baiae now sits at the bottom of the sea.
• York Guildhall excavations yield Roman finds.
• Road work in Egypt uncovers Roman structures.
• Smithsonian Magazine and Gizmodo.com cover the “digless” discovery of Novi Falerii.
• Roman board game found in Norway.
• Alaric the Goth, a “wannabe Roman”?
Scene from Alaric’s sack of Rome—sacred objects are brought to the
church for protection. This image is in an illuminated manuscript
(Paris, 1475) of a French translation of Augustine’s City of God.
Public Domain image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
► Res Hellenicae
• New Linear B tablets found in Pylos.
► Social Justice and Resources for Learning and Teaching about Racism
• Expanding the world of the “classical.”
• Thinking differently about those marginalized in the Roman world.
• Twelve books that help children understand race and antiracism.
• Eight must-see online exhibits on black history, racism, and protest.
• Only surviving Arabic narrative about US enslavement.
• Uffizi Gallery showcases black figures in Renaissance art.
• Please consult the June issue of eLitterae for other resources for learning and teaching about racism.
Vergil inspires an endowed professorship
at Penn State University.
Chagall’s 1914 painting of Orpheus.
Public Domain photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Enjoy this video
from Monaco’s exhibition on
Marc Chagall and the Greek world.
The four male vocalists of Kings Return
sing an absolutely gorgeous a cappella version of the first stanza of Ubi Caritas
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