Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS)
Six Houston ISD middle schools have been accepted into Cohort 7 Verizon Innovative Learning, an education initiative of the Verizon Foundation, including Edison Middle School. 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.