Research - Verizon Innovative Learning Schools


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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 12 will participate in Digital Promise’s research for two consecutive school years (2025-26 and 2026-27). If a district is selected for a two-year extension of the program, participation in research during that time is required, as well. In previous cohorts, research activities have included surveys, interviews, classroom walkthroughs, and reviewing coaches’ observations of teachers; future cohorts will likely include some combination of these. Although districts and schools are expected to support research activities, individual participation in any research activity is always voluntary.

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.

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

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