Vancouver Public Schools Reviews

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  1. Beware locking yourself in to sub work.

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    Former Employee - Paraeducator in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Paraeducator in Vancouver, WA

    I worked at Vancouver Public Schools part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It was easy to get hired on as a sub, and I worked with many wonderfully competent teachers and paras for kids with special needs.

    Cons

    Some substitute teachers were totally unqualified to handle special needs classrooms and let the kids go without schedules or guidance at all. Once you're hired as a sub, you have to stay long enough at one school to get an administrator to recommend you. Good luck if you work exclusively short-term gigs or at a school where the administrator quits. If you find yourself in this spot, you're effectively *barred* from permanent employment till you can get an endorsement--even if you've got recommendations from teachers and former employers. Better not to sub at all if you know you're going for a permanent positions soon.

    Advice to Management

    Include an "administrator approval" exception for people that subbed in short-term positions exclusively and/or have recommendations from teachers they worked with.


  2. Positive and rewarding.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA

    I have been working at Vancouver Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong administration and student morale. Campus is safe and students have opportunities for growth in various areas.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape and changing policies to navigate through. Curriculum is not always connected to meet best needs of students.

    Advice to Management

    Need to analyze changing technology environments and adapt teaching strategies to fit students.


  3. It has been a positive experience

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    Current Employee - Certificated Teacher in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Certificated Teacher in Vancouver, WA

    I have been working at Vancouver Public Schools

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    They provide multiple opportunities for professional development and care about student learning above all else. They are very supportive of their teachers.

    Cons

    There is quite a bit of forced curriculum that is not necessarily the most effective for student learning. They do not give enough time for professional development

    Advice to Management

    Give more non student attendance days to allow teachers time to prepare lessons and collect data to drive teaching to support student learning.



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