Verizon Innovative Learning Schools 10th Anniversary - Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Verizon Innovative Learning Schools 10th Anniversary

Digital Promise is excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its partnership with Verizon for the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program. What started as eight schools in four districts 10 years ago has grown to nearly 600 schools and more than 100 districts in 2023.

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By bringing our combined strengths to Verizon Innovative Learning Schools, Verizon and Digital Promise aim to increase digital equity and support students, teachers, and schools in unlocking the potential of technology to transform teaching and learning.

Over the last decade, we have worked side-by-side with schools and districts to transform the learning experience for students by providing the tools they need to thrive in the digital world and enhancing how teachers use technology in the classroom.

Technology has the power to engage students in dynamic, exciting learning. Through dedicated coaches, professional development, and community-building, we help teachers harness that power.

The result? A culture of powerful learning that prepares today’s students to become tomorrow’s innovators.

Some of the most veteran members of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools team at Digital Promise share their reflections about their time with the program, their favorite memories, and what has inspired their work.

“This program allows students to show their learning in new and authentic ways, and often leaves them feeling really proud and capable in ways they hadn’t before.”
-Kristin Townsend, Deputy Director, Operations

"My ‘why’ for being part of Verizon Innovative Learning Schools is the potential to bridge gaps and create opportunities for students that can impact their future, and future generations."
-Dr. Sara Martinez Crawford, Deputy Director, Student Impact

“I love when I get to meet a teacher in a school who has been truly impacted by our work. Their excitement about the program and how their teaching has changed is energizing.”
-Jeremy McBrayer, Associate Director of Onboarding and Coaching

“I love when a tech-reluctant teacher finally decides to try something new and then turns into one of the school's biggest tech integration cheerleaders, because they see how technology can boost engagement in their classroom, unlock more personalized learning for their students, enhance collaboration, or simply make their work more efficient.”
- Cameron Lineberger, Director of School Impact


Program launched with eight schools in four districts. Schools received iPads with data plans for every student and teacher


Program expands to 101 schools in 34 districts.


Chromebooks are added as a device option for schools. The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Mentor Coach Corps launches.

  • Program adds high school pilot with 10 high schools in Irving, Texas, and Compton, California.
  • First Teacher Training Pathways and Verizon Innovative Learning Schools micro-credentials launch, along with VILS Academy, a learning management system for Verizon Innovative Learning Schools educators.
  • Program adds a hotspot model to provide internet connectivity to students who lack reliable access.
  • Program surpasses 500 schools.

Program celebrates the 10th anniversary of the partnership between Verizon and Digital Promise with its 10th cohort of schools.

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