HISD expands participation in Verizon Innovative Learning program

Houston Independent School District, in partnership with Digital Promise and Verizon Innovative Learning, will welcome eight schools into the Verizon Innovative Learning program for the 2022-2023 school year.

Verizon’s education initiative addresses barriers to digital inclusion and 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. 

“Technology continues to lead the way throughout Houston and nationwide, both in our classrooms and in our communities” said Superintendent Millard House II. “With partners like Verizon, we can ensure that HISD students have equitable access to the technology and curriculum necessary to continue fostering creativity and innovation.”

Among the 50 campuses joining Verizon Innovative Learning Schools are HISD’s Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan, Baylor College of Medicine Biotech Academy at Rusk, Billy Reagan K-8 Educational Center, Burbank Middle School, Deady Middle School, Pilgrim Academy, Stevenson Middle School, and Williams Middle School. That brings the program to more than 560 middle and high schools nationwide.

A total of 28 other HISD schools are already participating in Verizon Innovative Learning, including Holland, Edison, and Patrick Henry Middle Schools, which unveiled Verizon Innovative Learning Labs in May.

In addition to free iPads/Chromebooks 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.

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

Learn more about Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program and how to apply at verizon.digitalpromise.org.