Harrison School District 2

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F Mike Miles
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    Worst teaching environment I've ever experienced

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Teacher in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Harrison School District 2 full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The kids, who unfortunately never think their teachers are coming back, because with TFA, people getting fired, or people quitting in disgust, turnover is ASTRONOMICAL.

    Cons

    Administration do not welcome feedback on reviews or policies, teachers are treated like they're idiots despite constant lip service to the contrary, and teachers work in a carefully constructed climate of fear. Will downgrade teachers on observations subjectively and deliberately so it looks like THEY are responsible for "coaching" teachers to better ratings. No consistency in review process; your colleague across the hall may have a different administrator who is generous with observation scoring, and you might have a hard-liner who downgrades you for the exact same activity and strategy at the same time. Experienced teachers are forced to teach lesson plans developed by first year teachers; professional expertise and experience in teaching only valued when it eases the workload of the administrator somehow (for example, you take on extra, uncompensated duties). Despite the catchphrase of "rigor" being tossed about constantly, teaching is designed to be directed at the approaching-proficient level student (who is most likely to improve his/her test scores.) ALL teaching is test-driven; teaching to semester standardized tests is expected. As mentioned below, paperwork and data-tracking is a massive task with many layers if redundancy. You will work more hours here than you ever have in any district, but admins will promptly leave and lock up the office by 3:30.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the test-driven madness. Stop dictating to the letter what teachers are teaching, and do not force all teachers to teach exactly the same way. Allow for and respect different teaching styles. Back up your teachers in situations with parents instead of ALWAYS pointing your finger at the teacher; caving to students and parents no matter what makes our classroom management that much harder. Stop arbitrary spot observation scoring. Don't do observations AT ALL that do not have post-observation teacher feedback, face to face, built in. The way you do it now, email and no follow-up, is cowardly and makes your teachers feel demoralized and powerless. Address the issues leading to your high levels of teacher dissatisfaction--WITHOUT threat of reprisals against teachers---and the issues relating to your RIDICULOUSLY, SCANDALOUSLY high turnover.

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