Verizon Innovative Learning Schools
Six Houston ISD middle schools have been accepted into Cohort 7 Verizon Innovative Learning, an education initiative of the Verizon Foundation. After a rigorous competitive process, Houston ISD was identified by the Verizon Foundation’s non-profit partner, Digital Promise, as meeting all criteria for participation in Cohort 7. Each VILS partner school will receive an in-kind award of Chromebooks for all students, teachers, and administrators, professional development, and digital instructional resources. Each Chromebook will be equipped with a data plan that provides “always-available” access outside of the classroom. Funds will be provided for a full-time Campus Instructional Technologist dedicated to providing teachers with the pedagogical support to effectively leverage technology in the classroom. The VILS program is for two years, with the possibility of a two year extension in the second year. The program period is from April 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022.
Verizon Innovative Learning schools since 2014
243 Schools in 72 districts in more than 23 states + Washington, DC
206,356 students served
12,139 teachers served
210,000+ devices distributed
Verizon invests an average of $1.8 million per school
Verizon Innovative Learning schools is a 1:1, 24/7 program - that provides devices and data plans for each student and teacher to ensure all students have equal access.
76% of VILs teachers report better student engagement.
54% of VILs students said technology makes science more interesting