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District joins Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Program

February 10, 2020

Gresham-Barlow School District joins Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Program

In partnership with Digital Promise, Verizon Innovative Learning will welcome two schools in the Gresham-Barlow School District for the 2020-2021 school year

The Gresham-Barlow 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, Clear Creek Middle School and Dexter McCarty Middle School will be provided with a comprehensive education package that includes an iPad or 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 Program will offer our students anywhere, anytime, and any way learning opportunities that will allow them to not only be consumers of information but to become creative-creators of their learning,” said Superintendent Dr. A. Katrise Perera. “When students learn in ways meaningful to them, they’re engaged, which empowers them to learn the way they want and need.”

Since 2014, Verizon, in partnership with Digital Promise, has launched this initiative in 152 middle schools nationwide. Clear Creek Middle School and Dexter McCarty Middle School 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.


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.