Tucson Unified School District Expands Participation in Verizon Innovative Learning, Bringing Internet Access, Devices and Technology Coaches to More Local Middle Schools - AZEdNews
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Tucson Unified School District Expands Participation in Verizon Innovative Learning, Bringing Internet Access, Devices and Technology Coaches to More Local Middle Schools


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  • Leslie Lenhart   |   Tucson Unified School District

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

Tucson, AZ, June 21, 2021- Today, Tucson Unified School District is thrilled to expand its participation in Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon’s education initiative which addresses barriers to digital inclusion. In partnership with Digital Promise, Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program equips every student and teacher at select middle and high schools across America with a device and up to a four-year data plan. In addition to free technology and access, 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. 

Alice Vail Middle School, Secrist Middle School, and Utterback Middle School are among the 50 new schools joining Verizon Innovative Learning Schools, bringing the program to 56 middle and high schools nationwide. These schools join three other Tucson Unified School District schools (Mansfeld Middle Magnet School, Pueblo Gardens K8 School, and Lawrence 3-8 School) already participating in Verizon Innovative Learning. 

In addition to free devices and accompanying 30GB 4G LTE Verizon data plans for every student and teacher, participating schools will be assigned a full-time coach to train teachers in effectively integrating technology into their lessons. 

“Here at Tucson Unified School District, we are honored that Secrist, Utterback and Alice Vail middle schools have been selected to join Verizon Innovative Learning Schools cohort 9. This is a stellar example of our district relentlessly working to narrow the digital divide and provide opportunities for our students to be future ready.” James Butler, Senior Director of Instructional Technology. 

“So many students across the nation lack the access to technology and resources they need to be successful in today’s digital world,” said Matt Clark, State & Local Government Affairs, Verizon. “On behalf of Verizon, we are excited to help enable students in the Tucson Unified School District to develop the skills, knowledge, and capabilities for a more promising future”. 

Verizon Innovative Learning is driving academic improvements as a result of the initiative. In fact, 88 percent of teachers reported that Verizon Innovative Learning helped them explore new ways of teaching, and 81 percent said the program enhanced student engagement. 88 percent of teachers reported that Verizon Innovative Learning Schools allowed for more individualized instruction in their classrooms. 

These efforts to support digital inclusion are part of Citizen Verizon, Verizon responsible business plan to move the world forward for all. Learn more about Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program and how to apply at verizon.digitalpromise.org. 

About Verizon Innovative Learning 

Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon’s award-winning education initiative, is celebrating 10 years of addressing barriers to digital inclusion for students and teachers. Since 2012, the program has committed $1 billion in market value to support digital equity, reaching over 1.5 million students. Verizon Innovative Learning provides free technology, internet access and emerging technology-infused learning programs to students in under-resourced communities – enabling students to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to build an innovative workforce of the future. In 2021, Verizon launched Verizon Innovative Learning HQ, a next-gen online education portal that provides free access to immersive XR educational experiences to all educators, including K-12 teachers, nationwide. A key program under Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental, and social advancement, Verizon Innovative Learning is helping to drive the company’s commitment to provide 10 million youths with digital skills training by 2030. Learn more at CitizenVerizon.com.