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  • New Brunswick Public Schools joins Verizon Innovative Learning, providing students with Internet access, devices, technology

    Posted by Dorenia Villalona on 2/23/2021 9:05:00 AM

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    Three district schools to participate beginning in 2021-22 school year 

    New Brunswick Public Schools has joined Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon’s education initiative that 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. Sixth through eighth grade students in Lincoln Annex School, McKinley Community School, and New Brunswick Middle School will participate in the program, beginning with the 2021-’22 school year. 

    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 will be provided with extensive professional development and support, along with the opportunity to engage in powerful teaching and learning that leverages technology in and out of the classroom.

    Launched in 2012, the program has now reached more than 212,000 students and 14,000 teachers across 264 middle and high schools. The trio of New Brunswick schools are among 148 new schools joining Verizon Innovative Learning, bringing the program to more than 400 middle and high schools nationwide.

    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 past year has demonstrated that communication technology is an essential component of a complete and successful educational experience,” noted Dr. Aubrey Johnson, superintendent of New Brunswick Public Schools. “This program will give our students access to the very latest tech offerings, while providing our educators with outstanding professional development opportunities. We’re delighted to be connected with Verizon Innovative Learning.”

    Verizon Innovative Learning is driving academic improvements as a result of the initiative.* In fact, 59 percent of Verizon Innovative Learning students believe assignments are easier when using a device, and 54 percent believe having the device improved their confidence in the things they can do. Moreover, Verizon Innovative Learning teachers felt more prepared for distance learning thanks to the initiative, with 92 percent reporting that Verizon Innovative Learning helped prepare them to teach remotely.**

    "Verizon is proud to welcome New Brunswick Public Schools to the Verizon Innovative Learning program (VILS),” said Braxton Plummer, director of state government affairs at Verizon. “Through this transformative program, we are working to increase digital inclusion and enable students to acquire the skills they need to thrive in a digital world. In particular, STEM is key in education and the workforce, and VILS will be a great resource for the students of New Brunswick’s public school system."

    To date, Verizon has invested over $535 million in market value toward STEM education efforts in support of digital inclusion, impacting more than 450,000 students nationwide.

    * Source: Westat (2019).Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Survey Result Dashboard Dec 2019

    **Source: Westat (2020): Verizon Innovative Learning Teacher Survey June 2020

    About Verizon Innovative Learning
    Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon's education initiative targeting Title 1 schools in partnership with Digital Promise, addresses barriers to digital inclusion. It’s a key program under Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement. The program provides free 1:1 devices, free internet access and a technology-driven curriculum with the goal to transform the learning experience. Through exposure to cutting-edge technology, the program enables students to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to build an innovative workforce of the future. Since 2012, Verizon Innovative Learning has committed a total of $535 million in STEM education efforts in support of digital inclusion. In 2019, Verizon launched its first 5G-enabled Verizon Innovative Learning classroom, with the goal of 100 in the coming years. The company is committed to providing 10 million youths with digital skills training by 2030. Learn more at

    About New Brunswick Public Schools 
    The New Brunswick, NJ public school district consists of two high schools (New Brunswick High School and Health Sciences Technology High School), a middle school (New Brunswick Middle School) and nine elementary schools (Lincoln, Lincoln Annex, Livingston, Lord Stirling, McKinley, Redshaw, Roosevelt, Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts, and Woodrow Wilson schools). A comprehensive educational program for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade serves a student population of more than 10,000. New Brunswick Public Schools participates in the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) public-private partnership, which provides select students an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree in Engineering or an Engineering-related field.  

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