Favela’s gains are impressive. How did he ramp up to proficiency? Without a device and plenty of reading, “I would not have learned English that quick,” Favela says. The 6th grader credits his teachers with encouraging him to read regularly on his device. “I want to thank—and give a big shout out—to all my teachers, because each class requires reading, and that’s what really helped me,” he says.
Like every student at Sylmar Leadership Academy, a Verizon Innovative Learning School, Favela learns on his personal connected device provided by the program, which allows him to practice English language skills in class and at home. Verizon Innovative Learning is a key program of Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan that aims, among other goals, to help close the digital divide.