About Us

Project E3: Enhancing, Engaging, and Empowering Teachers for the Next Generation of English Learners is a federally funded grant sponsored by the office of English Language Acquisition in the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of this grant is to improve classroom instruction for early childhood (EC; Pre-K-3) English Language Learners (ELLs) through advanced teacher practices and to study the effectiveness of professional development in making long-term shifts in teachers’ practices.

Project E3 seeks to improve the academic achievement of ELLs by stimulating their academic language development via sheltered content instruction provided by Nevada’s EC teachers, based on What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) studies and recommendations related to vocabulary acceleration via content area instruction for young non-ELs (Pollard-Durodola, Gonzalez, Simmons, Kwork, Taylor, Davis, & Simmons, 2011). Project E3 is guided by evidence that ELLs benefit from an intense academic vocabulary regimen across several days using a variety of instructional activities (Carlo et al, 2004; Silverman & Hines, 2009).