February 11, 2019
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
Holyoke Public Schools Joins Verizon Innovative Learning Program to Bring 24/7 Internet Access, Tablets and Technology Coaches to Local Middle Schools
In partnership with Digital Promise, Verizon Innovative Learning will welcome two schools in the Holyoke Public Schools for the 2019-20 school year
HOLYOKE, Mass. – Today Holyoke Public Schools joins Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the Verizon Foundation, in equipping local middle school students and teachers with free tablets and two-year data plans for learning, both in the classroom and at home.
The program, which launched in partnership with Digital Promise in 2012, has reached more than 86,000 students and nearly 6,000 teachers across 100 middle schools to date. Holyoke STEM Academy and Peck Middle School are among the 50 new schools joining Verizon Innovative Learning for the 2019-2020 school year, bringing the program to 150 middle schools nationwide.
In addition to free mobile devices and accompanying 4G LTE data plans, participating schools will be assigned a full-time technology coach from Digital Promise to train teachers in effectively integrating technology into their lessons.
Students, parents and faculty of the Holyoke Public Schools are excited to partner with Verizon to enhance the instructional technology in our middle schools,” said District Superintendent / Receiver Dr. Stephen Zrike. “This is an incredible opportunity for students to further develop their technological proficiency and problem-solving skills through learning opportunities that are meaningful, engaging and exploratory. Once fully integrated, these learning opportunities will help to better prepare our students for our high school academies and pathways.”
Results from the program show that 53 percent of students are more engaged in school, and on standardized tests, students score three times better at math and two times better at reading.* To date, Verizon has invested $400 million in education efforts, has impacted one million students and will reach two million more by 2021.
Verizon will be the first to bring 5G technology to the classroom in the third quarter of 2019. This commitment will help provide underserved middle school students with the skills needed to put them on the path to success in an increasingly technology-dependent economy.