Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Precollegiate Level: Deadline October 15, 2020


This award for K-12 teachers is given annually by the Society for Classical Studies: The Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Precollegiate Level.


Two awards are given each year. The value is $500.00 (cash), $200.00 (materials budget), and plane fare plus two nights in the conference hotel at either the SCS annual meeting (deferrable, as the 2021 meeting will be remote), the ACL annual meeting (Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, June 24-26, 2021) or the Classical Association of Canada annual meeting (University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, May 2021). The awardee may choose. Candidates remain eligible for three years in total.


The nomination is due October 15, 2020 (and there is some flexibility this year, in light of the difficulties caused by the pandemic).


MassJCL Annual Classics Day Online Saturday, October 24, 2020

 From Alex Chou, 2020-2021 Massachusetts Junior Classical League (MassJCL) 1st Vice President: On Saturday, October 24th, 2020, MassJCL will be hosting its annual Classics Day event, and we are inviting students from all over the country to attend this year, so I am hoping that you would be willing to help me promote this event in your state! A virtual combination of our typical Kickoff and Classics Day events, this year’s Classics Day event will include speaker presentations (from Nobel Prize Physicist Sir Anthony Leggett, former NJCL President/current Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu, Member of UK Parliament/Neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield, and New York Times Bestselling Author of The Song of Achilles and Circe Madeline Miller) and fun activities like trivia competitions (street certamen), Zoom games, and socials. A full schedule can be found here: bit.ly/cdaysched. The annual event, although virtual this year due to the ongoing public health crisis, brings together hundreds of students to foster and share a love of ancient classical society.

The theme this year is “Classics and Today.” In presentations from notable people who have studied classics, students will explore the ways that the classics have influenced modern society and understand how classical studies both broaden our perspective of the world and prepare us for a diverse range of careers. As such, all students (JCLers, non-JCLers, and even non-classics students) are invited to attend! Participants do not need to be a member of JCL in order to sign up.

The cost for all out-of-state studentsis $6, and teachers may attend free of cost. As a token of appreciation for your help in promoting the event, we will give your state JCL one dollar for every student from your state that attends (this will be in the form of a check mailed after the event). 

Registration: bit.ly/registerclassicsday. In order to attend the event, teachers and students must fill out the Google form bit.ly/2020classicsday, and students must pay the registration fee by Venmo or check by Thursday, October 15th.


Contact: 1stvp@massjcl.org 


Society for Classical Studies Coffin Fellowship application deadline: 5pm EST on February 27, 2020

The David D. and Rosemary H. Fellowship for Travel in Classical Lands is intended to recognize secondary-school teachers of Greek or Latin who are as dedicated to their students as the Coffins themselves by giving them the opportunity to enrich their teaching and their lives through direct acquaintance with the classical world.  It will support study in classical lands (not limited to Greece and Italy); the recipient may use it to attend an educational program in (e.g. American Academy, American School) or to undertake an individual plan of study or research. It may be used either for summer study or during a sabbatical leave, and it may be used to supplement other awards or prizes.
Candidates for the Fellowship must have been teaching Latin or Ancient Greek at the secondary level (grades 9-12) in North America as a significant part of their academic responsibilities for three years out of the five prior to the award. Membership in the SCS is not a requirement for application, although it is expected that applicants will have demonstrated an active interest in the profession and in their own professional development. Selection will be made on the basis of written applications by the Coffin Fellowship Committee. The amount of the award for 2020 will be $3,100.  Recipients of the award will be expected to file a written report on their use of the Fellowship, which the Society may include in one of its publications.

Full details, including full application instructions, are available here.



An NEH Summer Seminar for Pre-Collegiate Teachers 
July 13-31, 2020
This summer, there will be an NEH Summer Seminar for pre-collegiate teachers (K-12) on the topic of Roman Daily Life.
This seminar is an opportunity to read Petronius and graffiti in Latin and look at Pompeian archaeology for various topics of Roman daily life. The Petronius reading forms a central core of the seminar, and thus an intermediate level of Latin proficiency (1 year of college level Latin) is required.
The seminar will be held in St. Peter, Minnesota (1 hour from Minneapolis) on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College.
The NEH pays each person $2700 to participate, which will more than cover the living and food expenses (approximately $1500) – each participant is responsible for their own travel expenses.
The seminar has been organized by Matthew Panciera (Gustavus Adolphus) and will be co-taught by him, Beth Severy-Hoven (Macalester), Jeremy Hartnett (Wabash), and Rebecca Benefiel (Washington and Lee).
The application deadline is March 1.
More information and directions on applying can be found at the seminar website. Note that this is the LAST time that we will be offering this seminar, so if you are interested, please apply.
If you have any questions, email Matthew Panciera, the director of the seminar.


Upcoming Meetings and Conferences 2019-2020

February 22, 2020: South Carolina Foreign Language Teachers Association (SCFLTA) will be held at RiverBluff High School. For conference information see their webpage. See also the awards information!

March 2-6, 2020: National Latin Teacher Recruitment Week

March 21, 2020: South Carolina Junior Classical League Spring Forum. See their website for more information.

October 2020: CAMWS Southern Section Meeting in Waco, TX. Proposals for papers will open in Spring of 2020

March 25-28, 2020: CAMWS 116th Annual Meeting will be held at the invitation of Samford University in Birmingham, AL.

June 25-27, 2020: American Classical League Annual Institute will be held at the College of Charleston. Deadline for submitting proposals for papers and workshops is past.

January 2-5, 2020: Society for Classical Studies (formerly American Philological Association) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.



Each year the Institute offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate Latin and Classics courses. The program is designed especially for Latin teachers who wish to continue their education or earn a Master’s degree in Latin on a summers-only basis (requirements for the M.A. can be completed in four summers), including one summer in Rome or at an archaeological site. In place of a thesis, students write a teaching project similar to a short textbook.

Courses for 2020 are not posted yet. Check back here.

Deadline: usually April 1.


Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Precollegiate Level

This is an award for K-12 teachers given annually by the Society for Classical Studies.

Two awards are given each year. The value is $500.00 (cash), $200.00 (materials budget), and plane fare plus two nights in the conference hotel at either the SCS annual meeting (Washington D.C., Jan. 2-5, 2020) or the ACL annual meeting (Charleston South Carolina, June, 2020). The awardee may choose. Candidates remain eligible for three years in total and the numbers submitted are relatively small, so this is an award with decent odds.

The nomination is due Sept. 27, 2019.

More information can be found here.


Conventiculum Latinum July 2020 TBD

Held In Lexington at the University of Kentucky. 2020 dates not yet posted.

These summer workshops have become internationally known for providing a stimulating occasion in which participants can live for an extended period of time in an all-Latin environment, speaking and hearing no language but Latin. 

The Conventiculum is not designed for people who are still learning essential Latin grammar.  All participants should be able to read Latin, and feel reasonably secure in their knowledge of basic morphology and syntax.  However, previous experience in speaking Latin is not necessary.

For most current information, visit the Conventiculum Lexintoniense website.

Vergilian Society Offerings Tours & Symposia 2020

The Vergilian Society offers multiple experiences for Latin teachers of all levels.

And a number of tours in the summer from their base at the Villa Vergiliana on the Bay of Naples. According to their site, "Vergilian Society tours are designed to appeal to the needs of a wide range of travelers including high school and college students and instructors; they are particularly suitable for instructors bringing a group of students. We specifically welcome nonprofessionals interested in the ancient Mediterranean."

Check their site for 2020 offerings.



  • The Classical Outlook, published by the American Classical League, invites submissions of articles, poetry, and books for review. Contact: Mary C. English, Dept. of Classics, Dickson Hall, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 07043.
  • The editors of the Newsletter of the American Classical League welcome submission of news or essays. Submission deadlines: 1 December (Winter Issue), 1 March (Spring), and 1 August (Fall).
  • Pro Bono, newsletter of the National Committee for Latin and Greek, seeks submissions of news, announcements, or articles from your classical organizations. Send to Virginia Barrett, 11371 Matinicus Ct, Cypress, CA 90630-5458. Submission deadline: March 1.
  • The Classical Association of the Middle West and South accepts manuscripts for The Classical Journal. See the submission guidelines and editor contact information on the CAMWS site.
  • Prima: Excellence Through Classics (elementary and middle school levels) invites submission of articles (300-500 words in Microsoft Word) from teachers of Latin and Greek. Submit to Jacque Myers via email (include Prima in the subject line). Current deadline: March 15.
  • The American Philological Association welcomes scholarly contributions for its Transactions. Submissions will be refereed anonymously. Click here to see the guidelines.



CAMWS' Committee for the Promotion of Latin is giving out Caristia grants of $200-400 for projects of your choice. For more information, contact Carin Green of the University of Iowa or visit the CAMWS website.