Since 2014, the Verizon Innovative Learning schools initiative—which expands to 152 schools this year—has equipped every student and teacher in select middle schools across the country with a device and up to a four-year data plan, as well as extensive professional development and support towards powerful teaching and learning that leverages technology in and out of the classroom.
In its first year as a Verizon Innovative Learning school, Lassiter Middle School in Louisville, Kentucky, was among the most improved schools in the district across all grade levels and content areas based on Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test scores.
“What was one change that affected every grade level, every content area?” said James Unger, Lassiter’s Verizon Innovative Learning schools coach. “It was the implementation of the technology one-to-one across the board.”
“Students are really able to adapt the iPads to their own individual needs,” said William Quaney, an English/language arts teacher at Lassiter, explaining that many of his English as a Second Language (ESL) students use the iPads to read to them so they can hear how words sound. “It really helps them grasp the language.”
Watch the video below to see how the Verizon Innovative Learning schools initiative is building the right structures for success at Lassiter Middle School, then learn more about Verizon Innovative Learning schools.