Dallas Independent School District

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Dallas Independent School District Reviews in Texas

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
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Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles
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38 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • i really like working with students (in 3 reviews)

  • The vacation time and paid time off is good but not any better than any other district in Dallas, Texas (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Little support for teachers when it comes to discipline issues (in 3 reviews)

  • Feels like central office has no idea of what really happens in the classroom (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Micromanagement at it's Best

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    Current Employee - Secondary Math Teacher  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Secondary Math Teacher in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good people, rewarding job. Amount of time away from the job is great and about the only real positive to being a teacher.

    Cons

    Awful pay and benefits, high stress environment. Administration loves to breathe down your neck. Policies come in the form of trends. Next year, there is a new buzz word that will magically solve every problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being hypocritical. Remember what it was like being a teacher.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Overworked

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    Former Employee - Talent Partner  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Talent Partner in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Assisting the district find quality teachers for the children of Dallas ISD.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Work ridiculous hours. Constant HR reorgs. Summers are brutal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New hire training, more staff to handle workload

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    5th grade Teacher

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    Former Employee - 5th Grade Teacher  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - 5th Grade Teacher in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Location, supplies and resources were accessible.

    Cons

    No specific direction. No communication. Lacks strategy across all levels of the district.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more training. Communicate and guide teachers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging yet rewarding work

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    Former Employee - Bilingual Elementary School Teacher  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Bilingual Elementary School Teacher in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My experience as a teacher at Dallas ISD was amazing. I got to work with some great kids and families. My principal was very supportive and I learned a lot from many of the teachers I had the pleasure of working with. (Your experience will largely depend on the principal you work for...)

    Cons

    That said, the direction the district is heading in is not for me. There is a very militaristic atmosphere from the top levels of administration. The amount of micromanaging that goes on is overwhelming and it feels like higher ups in central staff only want to make teachers' jobs more difficult instead of acknowledging how challenging our job already is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to remember what if felt like to be a teacher. Recognize the current challenges we are facing and think of how to better support us rather than looking to add to our already frightening workload. Also, before implementing new policies for teachers to adhere to, try ironing out the details BEFORE you put them into place. Nothing is more frustrating than feeling that the people who you work for do not know what they are doing or do not respect you enough to have carefully thought out policies in place. We are here for the students, not as a stepping stone to propel you to your next career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the school district you want to work in

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay is decent for being a teacher.

    Cons

    Poor feedback, mismanagement at every level. Kids are pretty difficult

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I enjoyed my first 23 years, however, when Mike Miles came, things got much worst.

    Former Employee - Principal  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Principal in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I liked working with the teachers and students.

    Cons

    Too much paper work from central office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make changes a little at a time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Overall experience on individual campuses was good

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Competitive salary for an ISD. Some wonderful co-workers

    Cons

    Lack of appreciation of employees who go "over and above" by upper administration including poor communication from some supervising admins to other professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop attitudes of arrogance toward community and staff.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Teacher Assistant

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    Current Employee - Bilingual Teacher Assistant  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Bilingual Teacher Assistant in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Contribute in the growth of kids.

    Cons

    Behavior issues and lack of support from parents

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    More and more challenging each year

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Rewarding at times. Vacation time. Sick day. Great co workers.

    Cons

    Apathetic students and parents. Incompetant leaders. Lack of respect for teachers.

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    Dallas Independent School District review

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The individuals I met while employed

    Cons

    leadership in constant state of turmoil

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remember the children are the reason we are here

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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