STEM education

How Teacher Advisor Eased My Transition from Kindergarten to 4th and 5th Grade

I am like most of my students on the first day of school – excited, eager to learn new things and a little bit anxious. This year, also like most of my students, I am moving to a new grade level. After teaching kindergarteners with learning disabilities for the past four years, I am now […]

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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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Inspiring the “New Collar” Workforce of Tomorrow

From our early days as a company, IBM has demonstrated its commitment to finding the world’s best and brightest minds to join our ranks. Educating our workforce to meet new technological challenges has been a hallmark of our century-plus long legacy. As one can imagine, the technical skill set needed in the workplace then was […]

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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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Girls Step Forward at IBM Women in STEM Panel

P-TECH Schools Packing the “New Collar Jobs” Pipeline Recently, 50 female scholars from the Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) in Connecticut; Excelsior Academy in Newburgh, New York; and Brooklyn P-TECH participated in the first-ever IBM Women in STEM Panel at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. The event brought together […]

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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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Community College Students Explore STEM Research

As science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, add nine million jobs by 2022 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics), companies have to keep an eye on evolving disciplines and take special care to help prepare students for these careers. This is why IBM has early outreach programs, the latest of which is a new summer […]

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Building a Brighter Future for Connecticut’s Students

As a resident of Connecticut, I am pleased to serve in a leadership role with the company that created the P-TECH grade 9 to 14 schools model. P-TECH represents a series of critical innovations in the history of American education. And Connecticut’s Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) – a partnership among the Norwalk Public Schools, […]

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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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STEM Education: Preparing Kids for Jobs Their Parents Don’t Understand

At this week’s Milken Institute Global Conference, I joined an exciting and important discussion about closing the disconnect between education and college and career readiness. Watch and share the video of this discussion to learn how public-private partnerships — not finger pointing or assessing blame — are essential to ensuring that today’s and tomorrow’s high […]

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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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To Innovate, We Must Educate

Each wave of human innovation has required new skills. From the Industrial Revolution to the post-industrial digital age, economic growth and positive societal transformation have been driven by education and skills. Innovations have enabled entirely new industries, new ways of doing things and even new ways of conceptualizing our world. And as the pace of […]

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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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P-TECH: How High Schoolers Are Redefining Their Future

See how the P-TECH 9-14 school model is transforming high school through the eyes of two students, ShuDon and Xzavyen. This video, created for Ted@IBM, demonstrates how this promising model is changing the life trajectories of some of our nation’s most underserved young people – putting them on the path to college and meaningful careers. […]

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