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30+ days ago

Employee Relations Generalist

Citizen Schools Boston, MA

All children deserve the opportunity to discover and achieve their dreams. Citizen Schools makes this possible for thousands of high-need middle… Glassdoor


12 hrs ago

Employee Relations Generalist – new

Citizen Schools Boston, MA

Join Citizen Schools as Employee Relations Generalist and leverage your HR experience to ensure we achieve our mission through a consistently… Glassdoor


5 days ago

Financial Grants Associate

Citizen Schools Boston, MA

include: • Invoicing for revenue from corporations, foundations, and public institutions • Reconciling coding for grants on a monthly basis… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Instructional Coach / Adjunct Professor (Part-time)

Citizen Schools Boston, MA

Citizen Schools' Expanded Day Educator Residency (EDER) program is designed to increase equitable access to… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

National Teaching Fellowship

Citizen Schools Boston, MA

Help students discover and achieve their dreams. Join the National Teaching Fellowship in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Chief Executive Officer, US

Citizen Schools Newton Highlands, MA

US2020 is a new organization formed through a partnership of leading education non-profits and corporate leaders in the STEM field. The initiative… Glassdoor


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    Worthwhile experience but it's not for everyone

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    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Citizen Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Dedicated, passionate Teaching Fellow staff
    - Support from coworkers
    - Good experience right out of college
    - Great way to decide if teaching is right for you

    Cons

    - Unclear job expectations. When I began as a Teaching Fellow, I had no idea what the job actually entailed. I was envisioning a seamless extended day and the opportunity to build relationships one on one with students. The reality is anything but. Which leads to...

    - Not being taken seriously in schools. By anyone! Students' attendance is mandatory so they resent being forced to stay in school for 10 hours every day. They don't see it as part of their normal school day, they see it as a tedious after-school program. The teachers mostly feel the same way... The time that we offer students to complete their homework is beneficial, but the random academic lessons that we teach are difficult to relate to students' lives, and don't connect well to their normal school curriculum.

    - Extreme disconnect between Headquarters staff and schools. Often it seems that the upper management or those who work exclusively at headquarters have no idea what actually goes on in the schools. They're presented with this extremely idealized version of an extended day, and they lap it up. It's just not the reality of teaching kids who sit through school for over half of their waking hours.

    - Teaching Fellows are NOT PAID ENOUGH. I know this is Americorps, and it's about dedicating yourself to the cause, but come on...we do the most menial work and put up with some really ridiculous stuff, and are simply not adequately compensated.

    - Diversity (or lack thereof..) I understand Americorps jobs are often taken by affluent white kids who don't know what else to do when they graduate. But I think it's difficult to connect with and relate to kids whose experience you know absolutely nothing about. We don't look the same and we don't have much in common. Makes it tougher, for sure.

    - Goals. It just seems like they're so quick to expand and take on more, when the program is far from ideal. Fix what's in place first, then accept more responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some people who have REAL experience working with children in classrooms, kids of color, kids in general.
    Create realistic expectations. It's not realistic to expect an 11 year old to complete their home work in silence when they have been in school since 7am.
    Appreciate the work that Teaching Fellows do, and pay them just a little bit more.

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