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By Nikki Cabus

Verizon Learning celebrates 10 years, $1B in contributions, and now 50 new schools

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This week, Verizon is celebrating 10 years of its award-winning education initiative focused on addressing barriers to digital inclusion for students and teachers: Verizon Innovative Learning.  Since 2012, the program has worked with nonprofit partners and committed $1 billion in market value to support digital equity, reaching over 1.5 million students in some of the most vulnerable populations across the country

Verizon Innovative Learning provides free technology, internet access and emerging technology-infused learning programs to students in under-resourced communities enabling students to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to build an innovative workforce of the future.

In 2021, Verizon launched Verizon Innovative Learning HQ, a next-gen online education portal that provides free access to immersive XR educational experiences to all educators, including K-12 teachers, nationwide. A key program under Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement, Verizon Innovative Learning is helping to drive the company’s commitment to provide 10 million youths with digital skills training by 2030.

To mark a decade of dedication to the education community, and to honor the resilience of teachers at the end of another challenging school year, Verizon is proud to support the first-ever TIME Innovative Teachers Project. Chosen by a team of editors at TIME, the list profiles 10 teachers who are changing the landscape of education in America through innovation.

The 10 finalists of the TIME Innovative Teachers Project have helped students with disabilities get placed in STEM careers, made unaccompanied minor immigrants feel welcome in the U.S., connected students around the world on video chat, planted micro-forests to teach ways to fight climate change, and designed video game lessons to teach anti-racism. And they have all demonstrated leadership in their schools and teaching communities.

“We understood early on that closing the digital skills gap in the U.S. must start in under-resourced schools. Verizon Innovative Learning is a strategy to help solve this issue. Our mission has never wavered and now, 10 years later, we are proud to have reached over 1.5M students. This is an important milestone, yet our work is far from over,” said Rose Stuckey Kirk, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Verizon. “We will continue expanding and evolving this initiative to ensure that deserving students have the tech tools and resources to become the next generation of innovators.”

The initiative’s signature program, Verizon Innovative Learning Schools, in partnership with long-time nonprofit partner Digital Promise, equips students and teachers at select Title I schools across the country with free technology devices, internet access and innovative STEM learning programs. The program also provides schools with extensive teacher training focused on technology integration into the learning experience, support and the opportunity to engage in powerful teaching and learning strategies that leverage technology.

Just this week, Digital Promise and Verizon announced that 50 new Title 1 middle and high schools from 11 districts across the country will join the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program in the fall including schools in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. 

The continued partnership between Digital Promise and Verizon for the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program equips students and teachers at select schools with free technology devices and internet access. In addition, all Verizon Innovative Learning Schools receive access to professional learning and opportunities to collaborate with a national network of innovative, technology-driven school leaders and educators.


“Access to technology and the internet continues to be vitally important for students and families as we work to close the digital divide,” said Jean-Claude Brizard, president and CEO of Digital Promise. “We are proud to continue our partnership with Verizon to support schools and provide devices and access to the students who need it the most.”

The new cohort brings the program’s reach to 561 schools in 94 school districts across 37 states and Washington D.C., with 100 percent of eligible middle schools in 35 districts participating in the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program. Title I schools with a 65 percent or higher free and reduced-price lunch population are eligible for the program; however, schools in this cohort of Verizon Innovative Learning Schools are at an average of 88 percent.

Of the additional 50 selected Title 1 middle and high schools nationwide to free technology, internet access, and professional development through the Verizon Innovative Learning program, 34 will receive mobile devices (either an iPad or Chromebook) with up to a four-year 30GB 4G LTE Verizon data plan for every student and teacher. 16 schools with existing one-to-one device programs for students in place will receive hotspots with two-year 30GB 4G LTE Verizon data plans for students who lack reliable internet access at home.

Sixteen of these schools are Broward County Public Schools (12) and Miami-Dade County Public Schools (4).

  • Broward County Public Schools (Florida): Annabel C. Perry PreK-8*; Apollo Middle School^; Bair Middle School*; Driftwood Middle School*; Forest Glen Middle School*; Lauderdale Lakes Middle School^; Millennium 6-12 Collegiate Academy*; Parkway Middle School*; Plantation Middle School^; Pompano Beach Middle School^; Silver Lakes Middle School^; William Dandy Middle School^
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools* (Florida): Citrus Grove Middle School; Hialeah Middle School; Homestead Middle School; John F. Kennedy Middle School
*Schools will receive mobile devices with data plans for every student and teacher.
^Schools will receive hotspots with data plans for students who lack reliable home internet access.


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By Nikki Cabus

El Al Israel Airlines will relocate its Americas HQ from NYC to Broward

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The internationally recognized airline, El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. (TASE: ELAL), just announced that it will be relocating it’s headquarters for the Americas (north and south) from New York City to Broward County. Currently located in New York City and long Island, NY, U.S. operations will be moved to the City of Margate, FL. The move is set to happen August 1, 2022.

“Broward County’s unparalleled quality of life, cultural offerings and proximity to a diverse and thriving talent pool make Broward an ideal location of choice. Broward County looks forward to welcoming El Al Airlines’ U.S. headquarters to our community,” said Broward County Mayor Michael Udine.

The 32,164-square-foot building located at 5297 W. Copans Road is owned by a Limited Liability Company managed by Kenny Rozenberg, one of the wealthiest American Jews and the father of Eli Rozenberg, who is yet to be 30 years old and the controlling shareholder of El Al airline. “Israeli law demands that only a citizen of the Jewish state may own an Israeli airline,” stated an article in the Israel Hayom newsletter. Both Eli and Kenny have both become Israeli citizens within the last few years.

Although, El Al’s main headquarters will remain in Ben Gurion Airport in Israel’s Central District, the U.S. Headquarters in Broward will be managed by Marc Cavaliere, El Al’s senior VP for the Americas who joined the company in November.

Cavaliere is an airline and travel industry executive specializing in commercial development, international sales and marketing, and tourism growth. He brings with him over three decades of experience working for brands such as South African Airways, Spirit Airlines, American Airlines among others according to his LinkedIn page.

“With all of the continued attraction and growth to the tech sector, medicine sector and business in general, we have gotten an equally strong response from Israel and from the home office so we are going to have a lot of opportunities,” says Cavaliere at a recent celebratory photo shoot with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. “We will continue growing not only our administrative side, but also this [Broward] is our base for all of the Americas,” he continued.

Broward County is also the home to Spirt Airlines (NYSE: SAVE), a JetBlue subsidiary, Norse Atlantic, Silver Airways, and Jet Linx. With an overall growing Israeli and Jewish community from Miami to West Palm Beach, El Al felt that they could be central to the growth. It’s understood that the airline will be hiring approximately thirty employees from sales to marketing to administration.

“We are honored that El Al Airlines has chosen to relocate its U.S. headquarters to Greater Fort Lauderdale, joining hundreds of aviation and headquarters operations in the area. We are thrilled to welcome this iconic company to our community,” said Bob Swindell, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Broward County’s official public/private partnership for economic development.

“There’s nothing better than seeing firsthand the impact people’s philanthropic dollars can have, especially when it comes to supporting the land and people of Israel,” said Michael Teichberg, Jewish National Fund-USA Director, North Dade and Broward. “South Florida is home to vibrant Jewish and Israeli communities, and EL AL’s decision to relocate its corporate headquarters to South Florida will mean more employment opportunities for locals and, hopefully, the addition of more flights to Israel from South Florida airports. We’re looking forward to seeing the positive impact EL AL’s new focus on our region will yield.”



Verizon Learning celebrates 10 years, $1B in contributions, and now 50 new schools
El Al Israel Airlines will relocate its Americas HQ from NYC to Broward