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Initiative helps middle schools integrate technology with instruction

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Verizon Innovative Learning Puts Technology In The Hands Of Students And Teachers Photo Courtesy Verizon

Two West Valley schools, Glendale School District (Challenger Middle School and Melvin E. Sine Elementary School ) and Alhambra Elementary School District, have joined the Verizon Innovative Learning education initiative of the Verizon Foundation.

In partnership with Digital Promise, the initiative equips every student and teacher in the school with a device and up to a four-year 4G LTE data plan.

In addition to the free technology and access, the schools receive extensive teacher training and support along with the opportunity to engage in powerful teaching and learning that leverages technology in and out of the classroom.

The program, which launched in partnership with Digital Promise in 2012, has reached more than 86,000 students and nearly 6,000 teachers across 100 middle schools to date.

At the start of the 2019 school year, Barcelona Elementary, Catalina Ventura, Granada East, Madrid Neighborhood School, Sevilla West and Simpson Elementary are among the 50 new schools joining Verizon Innovative Learning, bringing the program to 150 middle schools nationwide.

In addition to free mobile devices and accompanying 4G LTE data plans, participating schools will be assigned a full-time technology coach from Digital Promise to train teachers in effectively integrating technology into their lessons.

Over the course of the initiative, Verizon Innovative Learning will also provide the opportunity for students to leverage emerging technology such as augmented & virtual reality, artificial intelligence, 3D design and internet of things.

“We could not be more proud to be partnering with Verizon to update our schools’ technology across our district,” said Alhambra Superintendent Mark Yslas. “We know these solutions will help further connect our students and promote a social and global consciousness we strive for within our schools.”

Students are seeing marked academic improvement as a result of the initiative.* To date, Verizon has invested $400 million in education efforts, has impacted one million students and will reach two million more by 2021.

Verizon will be the first to bring 5G technology to the classroom in the third quarter of 2019. This commitment will help provide underserved middle school students with the skills needed to put them on the path to success in an increasingly technology-dependent economy.

“Our partnership with Verizon to integrate the most advanced academic tech into our schools creates infinite opportunity for students,” said Challenger Middle School Principal Tiffany Molina.

“This influx of technology will ease the path for our learners to become leaders, and we cannot thank Verizon enough for their contribution to Glendale schools,” said Glendale Elementary School District Principal DeAnza Baker.