Thursday, September 17, 2020
To support effective technology in the classroom, Milwaukee Public Schools joins the Verizon Innovative Learning program, in partnership with Digital Promise. This effort will provide a Chromebook for every student, equipped with a hotspot with free internet access. The program includes a technology-driven curriculum that is being rolled out for approximately 2,300 6th- through 8th-grade students at five MPS schools: Andrew S. Douglas, Audubon Technology and Communication Middle School, Lincoln Center of the Arts, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Rufus King International Middle. Verizon will also provide a technology coach at each school to offer additional support to students and staff.
"We are excited to be partnering with Verizon Innovative Learning and Digital Promise to launch a robust technology initiative at five of our schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley. "This partnership will help accelerate the implementation of technology-based instruction to facilitate innovative learning opportunities for our students."
The partnership between MPS and Verizon to implement this new technology began months before concerns arose about learning during a pandemic. The program's goal is to build educator capacity through full-time, school-based coaching and blended in-person and virtual professional development to ensure all teachers are supported and successful in helping students learn with technology.
Digital learning has since become a necessity for all students and staff. Through this partnership, students will have access to more hands-on learning experiences in reading, writing, and mathematics. With increased digital literacy, the district hopes to inspire students to explore and develop an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.
Verizon Innovative Learning is a program designed to bridge the digital divide and give more students access to technology and connectivity. Verizon is providing free Internet access, free devices, and technology-infused lessons in 264 schools so far, with a goal of reaching 10 million youth by 2030.
Digital Promise is a nonprofit organization working to connect education leaders, researchers, and technology developers to improve access to technology for all students and help build a more engaged, informed, and just society.
Thank you, Verizon and Digital Promise! Our students, families, and staff are grateful for your support!