Preliminary results from the VILS program are available at http://vz.to/11SIhce; the full set of results will be available this fall.
"The results we have seen to date are very encouraging," said Justina Nixon-Saintil, director of education and technology for the Verizon Foundation. "They show that technology in the classroom, when used effectively, can have a meaningful impact on student achievement.
"The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program seeks to level the playing field, providing the opportunity for teachers to receive training on how to use new and innovative technologies in the classroom, and for students in underserved schools to excel in math and science subjects," Nixon-Saintil said.
Thinkfinity.org a Comprehensive Resource for VILS, Other EducatorsIn addition to the tailored professional development, VILS teachers can access the Verizon Foundation's Thinkfinity.org site, a free resource that enables them to collaborate with one another and with ISTE instructional consultants; find Common Core-aligned lesson plans; and participate in an online community where educators across the country share best practices on mobile learning. About ISTEThe International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home to ISTE's annual conference and expo and the widely adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide. For more information, visit iste.org. About Verizon FoundationThe Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the company's innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education, healthcare and energy management. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon's employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.8 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information about Verizon's philanthropic work, visit www.verizonfoundation.org; or for regular updates, visit the Foundation on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/verizonfoundation) and Twitter ( www.twitter.com/verizongiving). VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts and other information are available at Verizon's online News Center at newscenter.verizon.com. The news releases are available through an RSS feed. To subscribe, visit newscenter.verizon.com/corporate/feeds. Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Cohort 1 (2012-2014) Willis Junior High School, Chandler, Ariz.Niemes Elementary School of Environmental Science and Technology, Cerritos, Calif.Riverside Middle School, New Castle, Colo. Charles Carroll Middle School, New Carrollton, Md.Assabet Vocational High School, Marlborough, Mass.Washington-Parks Academy, Redford, Mich. Long Branch Middle School, Long Branch, N.J.Health Sciences Charter School, Buffalo, N.Y.Hartford Middle School, Canton, OhioLewis and Clark Elementary School, Astoria, Ore.Williamson County Middle School, Franklin, Tenn.Lewisville High School, Lewisville, Texas Cohort 2 (2013-2015) Piedmont Middle School, Piedmont, Ala.Central Middle School of Science, Anchorage, AlaskaCotter Junior/Senior High School, Cotter, Ark. John Muir Middle School, Corcoran, Calif.Sims-Fayola International Academy, Denver, Colo. Howard High School of Technology, Wilmington, Del.Greenville Middle School, Greenville, Mich. Hamline University Elementary School, St. Paul, Minn. Patrick Healy School, East Orange, N.J.Sharon Springs Central School, Sharon Springs, N.Y.Pittsburgh Perry Academy, Pittsburgh, Pa.San Jacinto Intermediate School, Pasadena, Texas