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Verizon Innovative Learning to Give Irving Middle Schools Free Tech Education


Irving, Texas. September 4, 2019

Three Irving ISD middle schools will join the Verizon Innovative Learning initiative, which provides free technology, free internet access and hands-on learning experiences to help give underserved students the education they deserve.

de Zavala, Johnson and Travis Middle Schools are among 52 new schools joining Verizon Innovative Learning for the 2019-20 school year. With the new cohort, the total number of middle schools in the program nationwide is 152, which includes Irving ISD’s other five middle schools that joined the program in 2017. Now that all eight Irving middle schools are participating, Irving ISD is the only school district in the nation to have 100% of its middle schools in the program.

To celebrate the three new schools’ participation in the program, a kick-off event will feature local middle school students each receiving their own tablets, as well as:

  • Firsthand remarks from administrators and program leaders on why hands-on learning experiences using technology – particularly in middle school – are so important to academic achievement and lifelong success.
  • At the event, teacher and student tech teams will host multiple STEM learning stations. At these stations, students and their parents can see how engaging and limitless STEM learning can be.

The kick-off event will take place Friday, September 6, at 4:15 p.m. at de Zavala Middle School, 707 W.  Pioneer Dr, Irving, TX 75061

Powered by a next-gen, technology-infused curriculum that fundamentally changes the way teachers teach and students learn, Verizon Innovative Learning is giving kids the ability to do more. To achieve more. To learn more. To create more. And the results are nothing short of amazing. Students in Verizon Innovative Learning show improvements in math and reading, and they’re more engaged in school.

Since 2012, Verizon Innovative Learning has committed a total of $400 million. They’ve helped more than 1.7 million students enhance their learning with a technology-infused curriculum and will help 2 million more by 2021.

  • 76% of teachers said that Verizon Innovative Learning enhanced student engagement
  • 58% of Verizon Innovative Learning students were more proficient in STEM
  • 54% of Verizon Innovative Learning students are more engaged in school.

The total Verizon investment in STEM initiatives in Irving Independent School District is $14.4 million.

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