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Birmingham’s Hudson K-8 Selected as a Verizon Innovative Learning School

From left: Derrick Billups, Birmingham Board of Education (BOE) District 4 representative; Jennifer Love-Lott, principal of Malachi Wilkerson Middle School; Fred H. Stewart, principal of Hudson Middle School; Mark Sullivan, Ed.D, superintendent of Birmingham City Schools; Leticia Watkins, Birmingham BOE District 6 representative and J.T. Moore, Birmingham City Council District 4 representative. (Ryan Michaels, The Birmingham Times)
By Ryan Michaels

The Birmingham Times

Representatives of the Birmingham Board of Education, Birmingham City Council and Bertram A. Hudson K-8 cut the ribbon on a new science lab on Wednesday, completed through a partnership with Verizon and education nonprofit Heart of America, which will give Hudson students access to educational technology, including augmented and virtual reality hardware, artificial intelligence, 3D printing and coding.

Verizon Innovative Learning program addresses barriers to digital inclusion by providing free technology, access and a next-gen technology infused curriculum that transforms the learning experience and enables students to develop the skills, knowledge, and capabilities needed to thrive in the digital world.

Justin Tanner, Government Affairs, Verizon said the company was excited to help provide students with technology that helps with future growth.

“So many students across the nation lack the access to technology and resources they need to be successful in today’s digital world,” said Tanner. “On behalf of Verizon, we are excited to enable students in Hudson K-8 School and Wilkerson Middle School in the Birmingham City Schools with this multi-year initiative that integrates emerging technology with an online, project-based curriculum along with real-world problem solving in a custom-designed, experiential learning lab.”

In a separate program, supported by national non-profit partner, Digital Promise, Verizon Innovative Learning equips every student and teacher at select middle schools across America with a tablet and up to four-years of data that provides always available access. In addition to free technology and access, Verizon Innovative Learning schools receive extensive teacher training, support and the opportunity to engage in unique, immersive curricula leveraging cutting-edge technology in the classroom.

Updated at 9:18 p.m. on 8/19/2022 to clarify the program at Hudson K-8. Updated at 6:38 on 8/20/2022 to include a quote from Verizon. Updated at 11:15 a.m. on 8/23/2022 to add a transition.