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Glendale Unified Joins Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Program


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Glendale Unified School District

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Kristine Nam, Communications Director
(818) 241-3111 x1218

Distribution Date: February 13, 2020 


Glendale Unified Joins Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Program

In partnership with Digital Promise, Verizon Innovative Learning will welcome Roosevelt, Toll, and Wilson Middle Schools in the Glendale Unified School District for the 2020-2021 school year.

GLENDALE, CA – Glendale Unified School District has been selected to join Verizon Innovative Learning Schools, Verizon's education initiative targeting under-resourced middle schools across the country. As part of the program, Roosevelt, Toll, and Wilson Middle Schools will be provided with a comprehensive education package that includes a Chromebook for every student and teacher, up to a four-year data plan on each device, access to technology-rich curricula that provides a personalized learning experience and extensive professional development for teachers. A full-time technology coach in each school, partially funded through Verizon Innovative Learning, partners with teachers to provide ongoing support to effectively integrate the technology in classroom instruction.

“The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program will give our students the capacity to expand their digital literacy and continue learning beyond the classroom, while empowering teachers to guide them along the way,” said Glendale Unified Superintendent Dr. Vivian Ekchian. “We are very excited to partner with Verizon Innovative Learning and Digital Promise to provide this opportunity for our students and teachers.”

Since 2014, Verizon, in partnership with Digital Promise, has launched this initiative in 152 middle schools nationwide. Roosevelt, Toll, and Wilson are among 100 new schools expected to join Verizon Innovative Learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Verizon Innovative Learning aims to enhance student engagement and improve student academic performance. Over the course of the initiative, Verizon Innovative Learning intends to also provide the opportunity for students to learn emerging technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, 3D design and the Internet of Things.

For further information, please contact Kristine Nam at (818) 241-3111 x1218 or

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About Glendale Unified School District

Glendale Unified School Distrist is comprised of 32 schools serving more than 25,000 students in transitional kindergarten through high school and beyond. We prepare our students for their future by offering a wide range of programs, including STEAM, visual and performing arts, athletics, dual languge immersion in seven languages, and more than 21 Career and Technical Education pathways. Nine Glendale Unified schools have earned the U.S. Office of Education’s highest designation, the National Blue Ribbon. Additionally, 26 Glendale Unified schools have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools and 17 of our district’s 18 Title I schools have been named Title I Achieving Schools. Glendale Unified has been named an Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll District for three consecutive years.

About Verizon Innovative Learning

Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon's education initiative targeting Title 1 middle schools, addresses barriers to digital inclusion. The program provides free 1:1 devices, free internet access and a technology-driven curricula 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 $400 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 by 2021. For more information visit or find us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.