Alumni Notes: Rashid Ferrod Davis

Rashid Ferrod Davis (M.S.Ed. Administration & Supervision, ’03) is the founding Principal of the proposed new school, Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech). The school will open with 108 students in September 2011.

He is responsible for shaping a vision and launching this first-of-a-kind public school for grades 9-14. The school- a collaboration between the New York City Department of Education, New York City College Technology, City University of New York and IBM, is designed to prepare students to fill entry-level jobs in technology fields- will rely on Mr. Davis to lead the faculty, staff and students and collaborate constructively with parents and the community.

Previously, Mr. Davis was Principal of the Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy (BETA). In that role, he revamped the curriculum and introduced 15 Advanced Placement courses, created a 9-20 support model with local colleges, and implemented a Peer Mediation program with the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Under Mr. Davis’ tenure, BETA obtained more than a quarter of a million dollars in financial assistance from local Congress members, boasted an 84 percent graduation rate, and was one of 82 New York City high schools to participate in an innovative online learning project. BETA is listed on U.S. News and World Report 2010 America’s Best High Schools with a Silver Medal recognition and Newsweek’s national list for years 2010 and 2011 as one of America’s Top High Schools.

Mr. Davis has more than a decade of experience in the New York City public school system. He was Assistant Principal of John. F. Kennedy High School in Bronx, NY and has also served as a coordinator, school leadership chairperson, union delegate and English teacher.

Mr. Davis has an undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and holds graduate degrees from Teachers College Columbia University, Pace University and Fordham University Graduate School of Education. He is currently a doctoral student at GSE, in the Urban School Leadership program.
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