Rashid Ferrod Davis

P-TECH: Reflections on a Milestone

When we launched Brooklyn P-TECH in 2011, we had high hopes – for our students, for the community, for a transformation in education that would restore (and then advance) our mission to serve the next generation. We thought we had the right idea: to connect high school to college and “new collar” careers. And we […]

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Who Are Today’s Hidden Figures?

Check out this great profile of three new IBM P-TECH graduates — young women who are breaking barriers to pursue their interests in STEM education and New Collar Jobs. (This video was produced by theGrio.) Rashid Ferrod Davis is the Founding Principal of IBM’s Brooklyn P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School). Related Resource: […]

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IBM P-TECH: Helping Graduates Blaze Diverse Pathways to Success

Today marks a significant milestone on the journey of 16 extraordinary young people, as they complete both their high school diplomas and associate degrees in STEM fields. This milestone is significant because all 16 are students of color from low-income families, and because nearly 100 percent are headed to four-year colleges. This outstanding achievement also […]

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Building on P-TECH’s Progress

Brooklyn’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School – the inaugural school of the P-TECH network – has delivered remarkable results just five years into its six-year grade 9 to 14 program. With open admissions (no testing), and a predominantly low-income, nonwhite student body, P-TECH is enabling young people from traditionally underserved communities to construct […]

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IBM P-TECH: Redefining Possibilities for a New Generation

Last June, we were proud to welcome our first six early P-TECH graduates to the ranks of educated men and women prepared for success in both the workplace and in higher education. Today, we are proud to announce that 32 more have joined their ranks – bringing to 38 the number of P-TECH scholars who […]

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Celebrating P-TECH’s Scholar-Athletes

On November 23rd, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Gregory Thornton, Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels and IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Vice President Stanley Litow announced Maryland’s commitment to open as many as four IBM P-TECH grade 9 – 14 schools in the City […]

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Helping the Next Generation Beat the Odds

Twenty-three years ago this May, I graduated from Morehouse College as part of the largest class in the college’s history through 1992. Features in national media outlets told the stories of several young leaders from the Class of 1992, including why they had chosen Morehouse over such schools as Cornell and Stanford, the commitment to service […]

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Turning Four into Six

Here at P-TECH – the Pathways in Technology Early College High School – we’re dedicated to preparing our students for long-term success. For some, that will mean moving directly into middle-skill employment – the booming economic sector that promises 14 million new jobs over the next 10 years. For others, it will mean pursuing four-year […]

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Preparing Our Children for Their “Incredible Journey”

I was raised by a single mother whose basketball dreams were cut short when she got pregnant with me at age 16 and dropped out of high school. As a senior attending Jasper County High School in Ridgeland, South Carolina 27 years ago, I entered and won an essay writing contest responding to the question, […]

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P-TECH: Where We Are Now

BREAKING NEW YORK TIMES STORY ABOUT P-TECH: A High School With a New Approach to Vocational Education Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Founding Principal Rashid Ferrod Davis assesses his students’ progress as the innovative grades 9 through 14 school – which confers both the high school diploma and an associate degree in […]

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P-TECH: The First 100 Days

When I look back at the first 100 days of P-TECH – the Pathways in Technology Early College High School – it becomes clear that rigor, roadmaps, and role models have been essential to our success. The P-TECH grades nine through 14 model is a forward-thinking example of what can happen when public educators and […]

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