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About Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

  • At Verizon, digital inclusion is about ensuring the benefits of technology are realized by all. Right now, millions of under-resourced students here in the U.S. are lacking the connectivity, technology and skills required for success in today’s digital economy. That’s why since 2012, we have been working to help foster digital inclusion through a transformative program called Verizon Innovative Learning.

    All children should have access to new technology and quality STEM education. Through Verizon Innovative Learning, we turn belief into action. Our program provides free technology, free internet access and a next-gen, technology-infused curriculum delivering a new way of learning. We work hand in hand with nonprofit partners and our team of education and technology experts to build and administer STEM-focused programs that create the kinds of transformations that change lives. We carefully measure and refine our programs to ensure we’re making a difference – and we have. Our programs drive real academic improvements such as increased proficiency in STEM and student engagement as compared to non-Verizon Innovative Learning schools.

    Additionally, we’re bringing 5G technology to the classroom where our students and teachers are at the forefront of cutting-edge technology. Our goal is to deploy it in 100 schools by the end of 2021. Things like virtual and augmented reality, advanced low-latency robotics, and more immersive collaboration can turn lesson plans into living, breathing, immersive experiences.

    Since 2012, Verizon Innovative Learning has committed a total of $400 million in helping under-resourced communities bridge the digital divide. Technology. Education. Opportunity.


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VILS Coaches

Beth Gardner
VILS Coach
Justin Johnson
VILS Coach
Dave Molloy
VILS Coach
Alexandra McGettigan
VILS Coach
Kim West
VILS Coach

VILS Leadership Team

Cat Nostrand
Technology Integration Specialist
Melissa Lim
Technology Integration Specialist
Kevin Crotchett
Director of Learning Technologies
Debra Giles
Director of IT Client Services
Don Wolff
Chief Technology Officer