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I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than 3 years)RecommendsNegative OutlookNo opinion of CEORecommendsNegative OutlookNo opinion of CEO
The other teachers, the Assistant Principal, and the office staff and TAs were all just incredibly wonderful. The campus and many of the children were sweet. The staff all really cared about the kids -- a very warm and nurturing place, surprising and not what I expected in such a large, urban district. Resources were employed to try to help kids, but these resources did not always work. There was an Assistant Principal who was a complete gem and treated everyone -- kids, staff, teachers -- in the best way possible. This kept morale high much of the time. This individual was not getting the same support from above, hope the person is able to keep doing such an amazing job. So many of the people who worked at this school had big hearts, caring minds, were devoted to these children. And so many left DISD after this year because they were not valued and could get a better situation elsewhere.
The Principal was either under too much pressure to treat employees as well as otherwise might have or really did not care about employees, not sure which. Principal did things which undermined the dignity of some of the teachers and did other things that were just thoughtless, but probably was just too stressed and busy to realize it. Human Capital Management was not helpful when trying to get basic answers to questions -- a huge drawback when paycheck issues and one's career future depended on getting a real human being in this giant department to actually help.
Advice to Management
Teachers work days are too long (7:30-4:30 or later, then grading and lesson planning at home). Teachers should be treated like professionals and left to teach, then leave and tend to their own kids, as so many teachers are parents of young children. Allow teachers to leave as soon as kids leave so that you can attract and retain some of the best who would otherwise not work those hours. Allow teachers to do their lesson planning and grading at home and not attend meetings every day and conduct mandatory tutoring of young kids who are too fried to learn after 7 hours at school; give these youngsters a real recess (more than 10 minutes on good-weather days); allow kids to talk in the lunchroom, but have real consequences for kids who push the boundaries by misbehaving--REAL consequences, rather than babysitting them and keeping them on the campus and constantly wreaking havoc in classrooms. Stop showing videos in PE and really show the kids how to move their bodies, follow game rules, etc--take the time. In the HR department, right arm needs to know what the left arm is doing. Get it together, Human Capital Management! Support your principals/administrators, but also support the lower employees, such as teachers and TAs. Principals need to treat everyone with respect and not look at certain teachers as numbers to manage out so that another teacher can be hired to get better results. Some children have real emotional problems that cannot simply be solved with the right 2-second "classroom management strategy." It is too bad the principals are being held accountable and blamed for referring kids (not keeping them at the school to babysit them all day) who need help b/c everyone loses. Everything travels downward, so teacher are blamed (for having less-than-stellar classroom management skills) when they have students who act-out and need real help. Value the libraries and librarians. Reading books and learning to value that experience should not be replaced with mandatory computer lab for Pre-K to 5th grade (Reasoning Minds, etc.) that is two hours per week per child. It was nuts. The kids were dying to be read to and to get their hands on books but were not given opportunities because they were required to get more "screen" time. Saddest thing.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online – interviewed at Dallas Independent School District (Dallas, TX).
Called via telephone and was asked to come to the campus for an in-person interview; arrived and was interviewed by the Assistant Principal (in one small office), then was interviewed by the Principal in a conference room. Was called the next day by someone in HR (Human Capital Management) and offered the position.
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The Dallas Independent School District sits in the heart of a large, diverse and dynamic region with a metropolitan population of 6.5 million people in the 12 counties in North Central Texas. Dallas ISD comprises 384 square miles and encompasses the cities of Dallas, Cockrell Hill, Seagoville, Addison, Wilmer and parts of Carrollton, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Farmers...
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