In our second year of operation, P-TECH continues to chart new territory in the reform of secondary and postsecondary education in the United States. As the first school in the nation that connects high school, college, and the world of work through meaningful partnerships, we are pioneering a new vision for college and career readiness and success. With a unique 9-14 model, the goal for our diverse student population is 100% completion of an associate degree within six years. Read Principal Rashid Davis' October 2012 update: Where We Are Now.
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P-TECH in the State of the Union
President Obama discusses P-TECH in his 2013 State of the Union speech, praising the model for the way it prepares students for a 21st century economy, enhancing American competitiveness.
Congratulations to the girls cross-country team on an exceptional performance during the fall 2012 season, which culminated in a gold medal for Amanda Crawford in the freshman race. A strong sign of success for Paul Robeson's track future!
On the Blog: Ms. Seifullah on Citizen IBM!
One of our wonderful math teachers at P-TECH, Ms. Seifullah writes on Citizen IBM about her perspective on teaching as well as her own journey from a STEM school in Brooklyn to the corporate world and back to education.
P-TECH on ABC 7
Hands-on Learning Happens Here
Students worked with their IBM mentors to build and launch balloon-powered rockets, at this event we put together as part of National Engineers Week 2012. Thanks to City Atlas for the great photo!
The Best is Yet to Come...
At the last meet of 2011, the freshman 4x200 relay team earned the first gold medal of the year for the Robeson campus! P-TECH students (L-R) Rushawn Tyne, Kiambu Gall, Tahmel Anderson and Davon Wilkinson set a blazing pace to earn the gold against fierce competition in only their second meet of the year. With our own Coach Griffiths at the helm, this could be the start of big things for the boys track team in 2012, and beyond. Congratulations!
We're on CNN!
Over 100 IBMers visited P-TECH on October 14 for our mentoring kickoff event, and CNN was there to cover it. Take a look!
Thanks to CNN for the great piece, and thanks to the IBMers who have volunteered to mentor our students.
Chinese Press Visit
On March 12, P-TECH was visited by the foreign press, including members of China's official Xinhua news agency. There is new interest around the world in the work that's happening right here in Brooklyn. Take a look at a different perspective on our school.
Governor Cuomo announced that the state will open ten new schools around the state, based on P-TECH's model. The governor's proposed budget includes $4 million in incentives for public-private partnerships aligned with this model.
Reported by the Daily News, the city has announced plans to replicate the P-TECH 9-14 model in two new schools set to open in 2013. One school, to open in the Bronx, will focus on health careers; the second, in Queens, will focus on the energy industry.
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama highlights P-TECH, saying that "We need to give every American student opportunities like this." This Business Week article investigates why the school has received so much attention.
Praise for the innovative model reshaping career and technical education in this New York Times article. Hear from some of our brilliant students, who are quoted talking about their experience at this unique school.
IBM's Stan Litow argues for a new model of education to improve the economic competitiveness of the United States. P-TECH is the first example of this dramatic paradigm shift in the way we prepare students for productive lives in the workforce.
P-TECH offers a summer school program for all students, including incoming freshmen, but it comes with tradeoffs. Gotham Schools spoke to Principal Davis about the balancing act required to provide these opportunities to our students.
A reporter for City Atlas attended our event for National Engineers Week with IBM mentors. This profile of the school includes interviews with IBM's Robin Willner and Principal Davis as well as a description of our mentoring program. Check it out!
The Pathways in Technology Early College High School or P-TECH offers a science, technology, engineering and math curriculum that leads to the simultaneous granting of a high school diploma and an associate's degree...The goal is to equip its graduates with the knowledge and skills for entry- and mid-level employment at tech companies. P-TECH achieves this objective by partnering with the New York City Education Department, the New York City College of Technology, the City University of New York and IBM.
TIME Magazine editor Rana Foroohar writes about how this school has the potential to transform the national conversation about education and economic development. "National competitiveness is the topic of the moment, but so much of the debate about it is conducted at 35,000 feet, at the policy level. In late March, I visited a place in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where change is happening on the ground."
Mayor Bloomberg writes in The Financial Times about the way forward for globablly competitive cities. He cites P-TECH as one of the major ways that New York is improving the climate for economic development and making education work for all of our young people.
9th grader Tahmel Anderson writes about his experience transitioning from a mediocre middle school experience to P-TECH. He is progressing quickly at our school, leaving bad habits from former schools behind--with this well-written entry as all the evidence you need that his skills have improved already.
Student Council President Brigette Luboa blogs for IBM's Smarter Planet website, with an entry titled "Good-bye safe private school. Hello risky new school with free associate's degree!". Brigette made a transition bigger than most, coming from a small Catholic school where she was one of only 35 students in her 8th grade class. We're so glad that she's excelling at P-TECH so far, a stellar example of our exceptional student body.
IBM, working with the New York and Chicago, has released a "playbook" for replication of the 9-14 postsecondary partnership school model. Blending high school, college, and career in one, this is the first step in the development of several new schools following our model. It is a tribute to our work here and our robust partnerships that this model is being learned from and replicated around the country.
CNN Radio visited P-TECH to learn more about our unique model, the innovative curriculum, and how we work with our partners to deliver results for all students. As Mr. Davis says: “In order to be competitive, students definitelyneed to leave with job-readiness skills so that way they can really have a shot at middle- and high-income lifestyles.”
IBM Executive Stan Litow writes about P-TECH in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, arguing that cities around the country should form public-private partnerships to tackle major problems--much like P-TECH.
High School-College Hybrid - U.S. News and World Reports
"The creation of grades "13" and "14" allows the school to focus on career training, according to P-Tech Principal Rashid Davis. The six-year curriculum is heavy on co-op and internship opportunities, especially during those final two years. Each student is assigned an IBM mentor, so that students can put a face to the profession they are pursuing."
In the past few days, Mayor Bloomberg has promoted P-TECH multiple times as part of the Education Nation summit, hosted by NBC in New York City. We'll post the video when it's available, but for now, read the article, and the text of his remarks is below.
“Last year, I also talked about how we would form some new partnerships with businesses, nonprofits, and universities to more directly connect our students to colleges and careers — and we have done that. One great example I wanted to share with you is what we call P-Tech, the new Pathways in Technology High School that we created jointly with I.B.M. and the City University of New York, which opened its doors this year. This groundbreaking public school runs from grade 9 to grade 14. You may have noticed two extra grades in there, and that’s because students at P-Tech will learn the traditional core subjects, and also receive an education in computer science and complete two years of college work. When they graduate from grade 14 with an Associate’s Degree and a qualified record, they will be first in line for jobs with I.B.M., something that is really important in this day and age to all our kids.
“The students at P-Tech will also help us further another of our long-term goals: to diversify our local economy by supporting industries that have the potential to grow and expand here."