Boston Public Schools
3.6 of 5 18 reviews
www.boston.k12.ma.us Boston, MA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jul 9, 2014

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Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol R Johnson

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    Wonderful experience, challenging and dynamic

    Teacher (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsOpportunity to work with amazing youth in need of excellent support. I also loved collaborating with families and the many 3rd part organizations that work with BPS.

    ConsThere is a lot of red tape in BPS especially when it comes to trying to launch new initiatives. This was the most difficult aspect of teaching in BPS for me.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Has Issues, but Above Many Urban Districts

    Teacher, Elementary School (Current Employee)

    ProsIf you find a school that has a vision aligned with your beliefs and a strong leadership team, this can be an amazing place to work.
    * High salaries in comparison to other districts
    * Many types of schools to choose from
    * Amazing kids
    * (Interim) Superintendent McDonough has been making some great shifts in the district culture and policies

    Cons* Despite higher salaries, you still have to buy supplies for your own classroom if you want new/quality materials
    * Many children have experienced hardship and need more support and less reactive discipline
    * Can be disorganized or ineffective/inefficient communication between the district and schools
    * Some (though it's getting better because of timely evaluations) tenured teachers are not effective

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ProsSalary, benefits, vacations, opportunity to grow with workshops and course offerings

    ConsDifficult populations, constant changes in curriculum etc

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Tough at times, but great place to learn

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBoston is a large district so there are many other OTs to learn from. There is also good professional development on a monthly basis. Pay rate is higher than other school districts (but I think we have to work harder too.)

    ConsAs an OT, you have to work many more hours than you are paid for and must pay for many things out of pocket. Some of the students have overwhelming needs and there is not the budget to provide the services they deserve...so it can be depressing.

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    battling with bureaucracy

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsRelatively flexible hours during the low seasons

    ConsThere are many people who are not working with passion. Very pessimistic.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Six years

    Program Director (Current Employee)
    Dorchester, MA

    ProsPros are Holiday and Summer breaks

    ConsCons are Class size and resources

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    It is a great learning experience!

    Intern (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsI love working here because I get valuable teaching experience while continuing to learn more about effective practices and interventions for struggling students.

    ConsSometimes I am asked to complete the "unwanted" tasks of the teachers such as making copies and completing bulletin boards. Although a huge part of teaching, I would prefer to do this before or after the school day, and not during.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI love how we are supported by the special ed. coordinator.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Boston is a good district to work in.

    Math Teacher (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsThe district is small enough that there is room to experiment with new educational theories. It depends lot on the school but in my case the administration was very supportive of the teachers.

    ConsThe current superintendent is not working well with unions and teachers and we are seeing the same tone is elsewhere blaming teachers for all problems and painting teachers as lazy and ineffective.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease try to include teachers in the important decisions. We are sick of learning of your decisions by reading the Boston Globe.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful place to work.

    Educator (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsGreat colleagues who are up to date with the most current teaching methods.
    Effective lines of communication and sharing of experience.

    Conslarge system sometimes becomes cumbersome

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great place to work where you can make impactful changes that benefit the lives of many students.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsOpportunity to improve and make impactful changes to the system.

    ConsHighly bureaucratic, takes time to change.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep on moving.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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