Verizon Innovative Learning Schools
Eighteen Houston ISD middle schools have been accepted into the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools, 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 & Cohort 8. 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.
Verizon Innovative Learning schools since 2014
412 Schools in 72 districts in more than 29 states + Washington, DC
212,392 students served
14,311 teachers served
226,000+ 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
Tanglewood Middle School