Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Project ECU LEAP

Project ECU LEAP


Project ECU LEAP

Project ECU LEAP, Leading Exceptional Annual Progress, is a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide support for licensed, in-service English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teachers and content area teachers to become licensed as ESL teachers through a combination of on-line coursework and on-site professional development. Project ECU LEAP will implement a planned and appropriate response to the critical needs, shortages, and weaknesses in services that exist in the Greene County Public School District. East Carolina University is working in collaboration with Kansas State University, Greene County Public School District teachers and administrators, and the ECU College of Education Teacher Education Program in order to improve the delivery and quality of services to ELL students.

Project Directors

Dr. Diane Rodriguez

Dr. Jane Manner
Greene County teachers and administrators interested in this opportunity for tuition-free courses leading to an ESL license are invited to contact Dr. Jane Manner at East Carolina University ( or 252.328.5594).  Teachers and administrators in other North Carolina Schools interested in participating in Project ECU LEAP are also encouraged to contact Dr. Jane Manner.
Project ECU LEAP is a five-year National Professional Development Program (NPDP) grant funded by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) through the U.S. Department of Education. The grant provides funds for professional development activities to improve classroom instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) and assist instructional personnel educating ELLs.