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Roadmap

Planning for, launching, and cultivating a P-TECH school is no small feat, so IBM has gathered some resources to help. Below are case studies from various P-TECH schools. Each describes a common P-TECH school hurdle and a scalable solution.

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Planning Year

Identify a visionary and talented school leader

Create a formal Steering Committee of key decision makers from each partner to guide the school from conception to reality

Launch Planning Committees responsible for key areas of school development

Create a Scope & Sequence that integrates high school and college classes as well as Workplace Learning experiences

1st Year

Review and document student data, including demographics and early performance indicators, such as attendance and high school grades

Consider building an Advisory Board to help support and guide the school (optional)

2nd Year

Conduct a formal review of student data, both qualitative and quantitative, and determine any necessary course corrections in advance of the new school year

3rd Year

No ongoing activity

4th Year

No ongoing activity

5th Year

No ongoing activity

6th Year

With the school reaching full maturity, determine how to recognize this milestone

Planning Year

Recruit first group of Year 1 (9th grade) students, using an open admissions process

Recruit faculty and staff who embrace innovation and believe that every child can achieve

1st Year

Host a Summer Bridge program to prep incoming students

Implement classes that embrace project-based learning, integrate the school’s career focus and Workplace Learning concepts to motivate students

Provide innovative teacher professional development opportunities that include project-based learning and understanding of careers that are available to students upon graduation

2nd Year

Design and implement academic classes during the summer, such as geometry, for rising Year 2 students

Design and host planning and professional development opportunities for high school and college faculty to create seamless learning opportunities for students

Recruit new cohort of incoming Year 1 students

Recruit additional faculty and staff

Host a Summer Bridge program to prep incoming students

Implement classes that embrace project-based learning, and Workplace Learning concepts

Provide innovative teacher P.D. opportunities

3rd Year

No ongoing activity

4th Year

Provide college guidance for students who will graduate early from the school

Celebrate early graduates

Host a “step up” ceremony that recognizes students who have met high school requirements but are moving on to finish their associate degree

5th Year

As some students spend more time in college coursework, work in collaboration with college to ensure these students have supports from the high school

6th Year

No ongoing activity

Planning Year

Identify degrees that align to Industry Partner’s identified skill needs

Hire a College Liaison to serve as the link between the high school and college

Identify the appropriate deans and faculty who will work with the high school and industry partners

1st Year

Offer students early college experiences through introductory classes and/or visits and events on the college campus

Start exposing students to potential degree pathways

Provide students with a college ID and email address to create buy-in and confirm degree completion as the end goal

2nd Year

Identify faculty who will teach college classes, and where these courses will take place

Provide college classes for Year 2 students who have demonstrated readiness, based on college requirements

Put supports in place to ensure student success in college courses

3rd Year

No ongoing activity

4th Year

Recognize early graduates who have earned their associate degree and determine how to highlight them at community college graduation

5th Year

Provide focused supports for Year 5 students, who will be spending most of their time at the college

6th Year

No ongoing activity

Planning Year

Develop a Skills Map based on entry-level skills that employers need that informs the degree pathways and the development of the Scope & Sequence

Hire an Industry Liaison who will manage and implement industry commitments to the school and its students

1st Year

Provide high school and college faculty and staff with opportunities to learn about specific industry and careers available to students upon graduation

Implement Workplace Learning curriculum to help students understand and master skills critical for employability

Launch a mentoring program that pairs students with industry professionals

Host multiple worksite visits to introduce students to careers

Invite industry speakers to school, especially those that can enlighten students on careers in their degree fields

2nd Year

Implement a set of evolved Workplace Learning opportunities for Year 2 students that include curriculum, mentoring, site visits, speakers, and project days

3rd Year

Prepare and implement skills-based, paid internship program for students in Year 3, to launch in summer before Year 4

4th Year

Facilitate first-in-line access to job opportunities for early graduates interested in work

5th Year

No ongoing activity

6th Year

No ongoing activity