Rashid Ferrod Davis

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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Why America Needs P-TECH to Succeed

by Rashid Ferrod Davis and Stanley S. Litow However successful, innovative models in education can become subject to critiques – especially if the model has received national and international acclaim. IBM P-TECH was launched with ambitious goals in 2011. At stake was the future of an underserved generation of young people, the yawning gap between […]

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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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The P-TECH Story

As Brooklyn P-TECH – IBM’s first P-TECH school – celebrates the graduation of six students with their high school diplomas and college degrees two years ahead of schedule, we reflect on what makes P-TECH so special, and look ahead to the model’s expansion across the U.S. and abroad. Stanley S. Litow is IBM’s Vice President […]

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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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Exploring Public-Private Partnerships in STEM Education

We all know that schools can’t do all the hard work when it comes to educating our children, but what’s the best way for business to contribute? I had the opportunity to help answer that question at a recent STEM Salon hosted by Change the Equation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, CEO-led initiative that is mobilizing the […]

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A Continuing Relationship: One Mentor’s Story

In observation of National Engineers Week, IBM mentors reunited with their protégés from New York’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) for a day of learning and fun. Below, IBM mentor Julie Arthofer writes about her continuing relationship with her P-TECH protégé, and the school’s recent E-Week celebration activities. It is often hard […]

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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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