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WPS joins Verizon Innovative Learning to bring devices, internet and coaches to 12 middle schools

WPS joins Verizon Innovative Learning to bring devices, internet and coaches to 12 middle schools  

Twelve Wichita Public Schools middle schools will join the Verizon Innovative Learning Initiative to provide internet access, devices and coaches starting in the 2021-22 school year. Brooks, Coleman, Curtis, Hadley, Hamilton, Jardine, Marshall, Mayberry, Mead, Pleasant Valley, Robinson and Truesdell Middle Schools join Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon’s education initiative which addresses barriers to digital inclusion and is a key program under Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement.

In partnership with Digital Promise, Verizon Innovative Learning 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.

“We are excited that Wichita Public Schools students will have access to advanced technology tools, engaging STEM curriculum, and digital resources they can use to explore real world STEM problem solving both at school and at home through the Verizon Innovative Learning initiative,” said Rob Dickson, Chief Information Officer with the Wichita Public Schools.

“The Verizon Innovative Learning initiative is an opportunity for the Wichita Public Schools to transform instruction at the middle school level giving students real-world problem solving skills,” said Loren Hatfield, principal at Hamilton Middle School.  “We’re excited to lead the Wichita Public Schools as part of this initiative.”

In addition to free mobile devices and accompanying 30GB 4G LTE data plans, participating schools will be assigned a full-time coach to train teachers in effectively integrating technology into their lessons.

The program, which launched in 2012, has reached more than 212,000 students and 14,000 teachers across 264 middle and high schools to date. The 12 WPS middle schools are among the 148 new schools joining Verizon Innovative Learning, bringing the program to more than 400 middle and high schools nationwide, including all 86 percent of eligible middle schools in WPS.



March 1, 2021