New Brunswick Public Schools named “Rising Star” within Verizon’s nationwide Innovative Learning program

Posted by Jisette Duran on 6/29/2022

New Brunswick Public Schools named “Rising Star” within

Verizon’s nationwide Innovative Learning program

New Brunswick Public Schools has been named a “Rising Star” district related to its success within Verizon’s nationwide Innovative Learning Schools program, which helps students remain connected, so they can learn from wherever they are. A trio of district schools – New Brunswick Middle School, McKinley Community School, and the Lincoln School Annex School – became active participants in the program at the start of the recently concluded 2021-’22 school year.

Through Innovative Learning Schools, Verizon has provided a combined total of more than 2,000 Internet-ready devices to New Brunswick’s three participating schools, along with a technology coach and professional development support for each school. To date, teachers have reported being better able to incorporate technology into their classrooms, which in turn fosters enhancement of individualized instruction and student engagement.

Focused on remarkable accomplishments, Rising Star recognition is reserved for one school or district from each of Verizon’s geographic regions. New Brunswick Public Schools was selected from the East Region for having developed “a compelling vision of 1:1 technology integration” and successfully implementing a system “that will drive the sustainability of this work in New Brunswick’s schools for years to come.” The district also was cited for recruiting technology coaches “who can support teachers and students in leveraging technology to create powerful learning experiences.”

Dr. Aubrey Johnson, superintendent of New Brunswick Public Schools, says: “At the start of this school year, we were delighted to gain entry into a program that’s ultimately focused on making students more confident in what they can achieve. It represents a tremendous educational experience for our students, and the Rising Star award pays tribute to educators who utilized the program to explore exciting new ideas and opportunities in preparing students for the future.”

Innovative Learning Schools is a partnership with Digital Promises, and is a component of the comprehensive Citizen Verizon initiative.

For the upcoming, 2022-’23 school year, Verizon will continue to provide devices to the participating schools, including equipment for incoming sixth graders entering New Brunswick Middle School. Also ongoing will be professional development for educators, with emphasis on blending learning strategies that utilize technology.

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.