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Join Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Verizon Innovative Learning Schools goes beyond devices. It helps participating schools and districts spark a teaching and learning transformation.

We provide students with devices and always available access. Teachers receive robust professional development and coaching to cultivate powerful learning that extends beyond the classroom. And education leaders benefit from the infrastructure, expert guidance, and learning community to design and implement sustainable approaches to digital equity.

Let’s work together to bring powerful learning to life.

Applications for Cohort 11 are now open.

Why join Verizon Innovative Learning Schools?

To become tomorrow’s innovators, students need powerful, technology-infused learning experiences. We can help augment the hard work schools and districts are doing to support more equitable and effective uses of technology that lead to transformative teaching and learning in classrooms.

Who can apply for Verizon Innovative Learning Schools?

We are always looking to partner with new districts where Verizon Innovative Learning Schools can support digital equity and learning. Interested public school districts or public charter networks in the U.S. with at least two qualifying schools may apply.

To qualify, schools must:

  • Serve middle and/or high school students
  • Have a free and reduced price lunch participation rate of 65%+ or participate in the Community Eligibility Provision

Program Overview

Verizon Innovative Learning Schools IT Supports

Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Professional Learning Supports


All districts participating in the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program will be asked to engage in research through Digital Promise. In this study, researchers will examine how the program is working; ways to improve implementation; and impacts on teaching and learning, professional culture, technological proficiency, and access to STEM opportunities.

What are the research requirements? Any district accepted into Verizon Innovative Learning schools Cohort 11 will participate in Digital Promise’s research for two consecutive school years (2024-25 and 2025-26). If a district is selected for a two-year extension of the program, participation in research during that time is required, as well. Every teacher, Coach, and school leader will complete 2-3 15-minute surveys per school year.

Are there opportunities for deeper impact? Interested schools can request to be a Case Study School. Case Study Schools complete the requirements outlined above, as well as teacher and student interviews and focus groups (1-2 per year), coach and leader interviews (2 per year), a five-minute student survey (1 per year); and an annual 1-2 day site visit by a researcher. These case study activities will occur over two school years (2024-25 and 2025-26).

How will this research be used and how will schools benefit? The findings of the research will be shared 1) with the participating schools and districts to make improvements in the program implementation, and 2) with the field in the form of conference presentations and research publications. All research findings will be reported in the aggregate to protect the confidentiality of every participant.

Case Study Schools will receive an individual report at the end of each year with specific feedback from researchers on how to improve the program and technology use in their classrooms.

Questions? Please contact Hillary Greene Nolan at with any questions about research or the Case Study School opportunity!

Middle school teacher works with students who are using tablets

Memorandum of Understanding

All district and school leaders will be expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the district and Digital Promise. The final MOU will be released to districts by January 2024. Coach funding and student devices will not be fulfilled until the MOU is signed by all parties, so we ask that you help us accomplish this by late March 2024.

The MOU consists of two main parts: 1) The agreement between the district and Digital Promise; and 2) Exhibits that outline Verizon requirements (End User Agreements) around the devices, access, and data collection specifics. Digital Promise will work directly with each district to finalize the MOU.

Frequently Asked Questions

May I speak with a leader from a prior cohort to learn about the program from their perspective?

Does the program end after two years, or is there a chance for an extension?

How much is the coaching stipend?

How much is the school IT stipend?

Are the devices pre-filtered? Is a specific internet filter or MDM required?

When does the program begin?

What devices will my district receive?

Are cases, keyboards, and other accessories provided?

Do devices travel with students to high school?

How much data is included with the data plan?

What if enrollment increases?

What provisions are in place to protect the 1:1 devices?

Are devices covered under warranty?

What happens if teachers or students exceed their monthly data plan?

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