School District of Philadelphia

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Updated April 13, 2015
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School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr
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  1. I'm happy to be on the cutting edge of the new renaissance of the School District of Philadelphia

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The district is on an upswing.

    Cons

    The children have discipline problems.

    Advice to Management

    Less bureaucracy and more local school control.

  2. It was a wonderful time to be an instructor in the District

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You will have the opportunity to change the mindset of your students, and help them to see things from another persons perspective.

    Cons

    Instructors are treated like secretaries. To much paper work.

    Advice to Management

    find a way to balance instruction and paper work.

  3. School District of Philadelphia working with our City's at risk and special needs children in a classroom setting at var

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The District offers great benefits and opportunities for advancement and retirement plans although it is difficult to navigate the best plans for individuals when they start out and difficult to change once they are chosen by new hires.

    Cons

    The District has lots of quirks and plays by it's own rules, Union representation and support in questionable

    Advice to Management

    Work with all subordinates with the same level of respect and commitment you would want for them to work with our City's students and respect each other more sincerely and honestly. The future is in our children and not in the politics and cronyism that currently is part of the system.

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  5. I worked at two turnaround schools. It was very challenging.

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    Former Employee - Teacher -- Masters +30 in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher -- Masters +30 in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you can get through to the students, they (some) will try to behave and learn

    Cons

    It's a very challenging. You have days where you want to give up. The kids are very low academically. There are many behavioral issues.

    Advice to Management

    Be supportive of your teachers and listen!

  6. I have been working at School District of Philadelphia

    Pros

    To help and to support the children with special disabilities.

    Cons

    Not knowing if you will have a job tomorrow with all cut backs and layoffs that have been going on.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop laying off staff because our children need us.

  7. I taught social studies for 21 years as a staff appointed teacher in high schools in the School District of Philadelphia

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    Former Employee - Staff Social Studies Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Staff Social Studies Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It prepared me in reading, assessment, correction and evaluating the work of high school students.

    Cons

    Regarding pensions and health care, I retired at 62 and it was my best move. I am now 63.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to them is to deal fairly with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.

  8. School district of Philadelphia , School Police review.

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    Former Employee - School Police in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - School Police in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There was so much to learn about providing security and crime prevention services in a school environment. You had to make sure that you monitored everything. Whatever you think might be suspicious , either persons and or a situation must be investigated. The welfare of the students and staff is job one. You also learn how to and when to contact emergency personnel and or police if needed. And you do get a chance to talk to young students about what they might want to do in life. Maybe give them a little advice about what you might know that could help them to make good decisions in there life.

    Cons

    You really need a lot of patience , and you must be smart in all that you do. Every day there something new to face. Everything from fights in the lunch room , to who might have stole the teacher's cell phone.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is that they really need to have smaller class size. There are just to many students in a class room. I think that would help to make better learners. Teachers have a tough job as it is.

  9. Not a job but an adventure in Urban education

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    Current Employee - Teacher -- Masters +30 in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher -- Masters +30 in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A chance to really help those that are in desperate need, Summers off,

    Cons

    Extremely difficult job working with under educated students and families. There is little or no family support given to my students. I work in one of the inner city high schools

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to not only educate the students but educate the parents and guardians on how to be supportive of their children. Get through to them that education is the only way for them to get out of their situation.

  10. As a Special Education Teacher, the job is very difficult, but rewarding.

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The starting salary is very competitive for newer teachers, but much less comptetitive for veteran teachers. The benefits are very good. Every new teacher receives support from a Consulting Teacher.

    The career prospects for Special Educations Teachers are pretty good, especially if you teach students in a Complex Support Needs program---Autistic Support, Life Skills Support, or Multiple Disabilities Support. Teaching AS, LSS, or MDS is nice because there is minimal pressure related to standardized testing; principals mainly care that your paperwork is done and that students are making progress toward their IEP goals and objectives. Many principals will let teachers of AS, LSS, and MDS "do what works" for their students. The District is not losing many students with significant disabilities to charter schools.

    The District provides professional development for teachers, but a lot of the sessions you have to attend on your own time. Most of the teachers are caring and dedicated.

    As a teacher, you have the opportunity to make a noticeable difference in a child's life. On your best days, the job is very rewarding.

    Cons

    Budget cuts have made life really difficult. Teachers spend hundreds of dollars a year on supplies, but the District only provided a $100 reimbursement for the 2013-2014 school year.

    Some of the kids have out-of-control behavior no matter what you do. Teachers often have to break up fights. Dealing with some of the parents can be a headache.

    There is a lot of pressure on regular education teachers to improve test scores and academic achievement because the District is losing so many students to charter schools. Some teachers have classes with 30+ kids and 4 or 5 students with significant behavior problems.

    The climate varies widely from school to school. Each principal/administrator has a lot of autonomy as to how he/she runs his/her school. Some are hands-on, some are hands-off. Some are nice and supportive, others are mean and dictatorial. The best administrators are those who are nice, supportive, and hands-on.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pressuring the Commonwealth to adequately fund the School District. Take better care of the buildings.

    Stop speaking out of both sides of your mouth. You can't say that you value teachers and then ask teachers to take a 10% to 13% paycut.

  11. I have been working at School District of Philadelphia

    Pros

    Teaching is all about the children. Each day you are met with smiles and anticipation for what is about to unfold. Sure, there are some serious trying times, but in the end these kids keep calling you "Mom."

    Cons

    Placement security is probably the most stress related issue in the school district, besides the low pay. One year you are teaching one grade, then suddenly you are assigned another grade the following year. The return on your classroom investment $$$ is lost. You can't dress your 6th grade classroom with Kindergarten paraphernalia. Remember, this investment comes out of your pocket....$250.00 from district doesn't reimburse the whole amount.

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