How It Works - Digital Promise Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

We select schools to be part of Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) and join the program in cohorts. Each cohort begins their journey together and has the opportunity to collaborate, share, and learn from previous cohorts. As schools progress through the second year of the program and beyond, they offer mentorship, best practices, and resources to schools new to the program.

Professional Learning Supports VILS Initiative Outcomes

  • Increase Student Achievement
  • Increase Student Engagement
  • Increase Student and Teacher Tech & STEM Proficiency
  • Increase Student STEM Interest
  • Increase Student Problem-Solving Skills
  • Increase Student Collaboration Skills
  • Increase Student Communication Skills
  • Increase Student Confidence

VILS partner schools receive devices for all students, teachers, and administrators in the school building. Each device is equipped with a data plan that provides always available access outside of the classroom. Schools select a full-time coach dedicated to providing teachers with the pedagogical support to effectively leverage technology in the classroom. Digital Promise’s professional learning team designs customized professional learning for each school based on intensive planning and collaboration with school leaders, builds capacity in each school-based coach to lead instructional change throughout the school, and identifies appropriate resources and opportunities to support teachers at varied levels of readiness.

There are four primary components to the project.

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  • Always available access

    Dedicated devices and accessories for all students and teachers, each with 10GB of data monthly, year-round for access in and out of school

    Technical project management to support readiness and implementation

  • Professional learning

    Builds educator capacity through full-time, school-based coach and blended in-person and virtual PD to ensure all teachers are supported and successful in supporting student learning with technology, regardless of existing levels of mastery

    On-site and virtual professional learning customized for each school by Associate Director of Professional Learning and coach

    Supports VILS outcomes and individual school goals

    Focused on leveraging mobile technology to improve student learning and to create new and innovative learning opportunities for students, including out of school and around STEM


  • STEM opportunities

    Provides students with insight into STEM careers

    Brings STEM learning partnerships to schools, including STMath and Project Lead the Way

  • Research

    Designed to determine if the initiative is changing teaching and learning, and in what ways

    Uses surveys, interviews, site visits, and collection of administrative data to understand impact

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