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Updated Apr 24, 2014

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    Working at ASD is a good experience.

    Teacher (Current Employee) Anchorage, AK

    ProsWorking in Anchorage allows you to experience city convenience while being close to the wild nature of Alaska. Anchorage school district is a relatively large district with large district resources.

    ConsWith the large nature of the district sometimes is is difficult to work with bureaucracy. There have been changes lately in high level administration which has been difficult for some.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider the importance of employee buy-in.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    You experience will differ based on the school you work with.

    Teacher (Former Employee) Anchorage, AK

    ProsTraining opportunities, collegial supports, ability to transfer between school sites when openings arise. The charter schools seem to offer the best opportunity for an educator to find a school with a more consistent mission that can be identified as a good fit for employment, versus a school with more broad, district-wide policy and curricula changes.

    ConsHigh class sizes, limited resources, extremely prescribed curricula in some schools. The district is very large, and this makes for an abundance of upper management decision making and poor communication with stakeholders. Morale among staff varies between schools and is highly impacted by the principal, without any clear opportunity for teachers to share in decision making unless there is a competent, skilled principal encouraging input.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverly generic screening interviews for specialist positions work against your ability to hire someone with focused skills in high needs areas such as low-incidence spec populations. High teacher turn-over is schools should be an indication that the principal may not be a good fit.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stepping stone job.

    Sub TA (Former Employee) Anchorage, AK

    ProsThe work is flexible so it just depends when you want to work

    ConsLittle to no training available

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain the Sub TAs so we arent so clueless

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Teacher (Current Employee) Anchorage, AK

    ProsStudents, co-workers, classroom supplies, independence

    ConsTop-down management, pointless inservices, pay

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Teacher at Anchorage School District

    Teacher (Former Employee) Anchorage, AK

    ProsWork with a dynamic, ethnically diverse student population. Many schools have newer media technology such as white boards or Smart Boards and laptop carts for use in the classroom. Some schools have wireless internet access. Some school buildings have been recently remodeled.

    ConsIn many schools, teachers are not treated professionally. Teachers frequently have an unrealistic workload (multiple preps, large class sizes, many IEP meetings, "traveling" to multiple classrooms, etc.). This short-changes the students as much as it does teachers. Inadequate planning on the part of school administration or the District leads to disruptive last-minute changes in teaching assignments or curriculum.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTeachers are content-specific experts; assign courses according to that expertise. Students will benefit from this action, especially at the high school level. In order for teachers to be most effective with students, treat them with kindness and respect rather than contempt or suspicion.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    With kindness, all manager are respectful, and working with kids great!

    Substitute Cafeteria Worker (Current Employee) Anchorage, AK

    ProsGood benefits, everyone treated with kindness, managers are generally understanding, they make an effort to try and work with you. Most people have long-term employment with the school district.

    ConsCompetition is stiff, if you are planning to move up, it could take months before positions are able to be opened.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Improved and Fair

    Substitute Teacher (Current Employee) Anchorage, AK

    ProsThe Sub Finder system has been improved over last year. Substitute teachers are treated fairly, and there are bonuses for working over 100 days per school year, or consistently at difficult schools.

    ConsIn the position of Substitute teacher, it is really difficult to know where you will be working from day to day, but that's just the nature of the beast.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAn optional benefits package would be really helpful, if you offered it to the substitutes who work consistently, making it available to subs who work more than 30 days per school year, perhaps.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The only district in Alaska with any civilization to speak of.... Well, Fairbanks has got some too but -40F is too cold

    Teacher (Former Employee) Anchorage, AK

    ProsThe Anchorage School District offers some of the best school programs in the state of Alaska. If you want to teach in a charter school, Anchorage may well be worth looking at closely.

    ConsASD is heavy in admin but not particularly supportive. The individuals there are generally nice enough - but many are there from the days when jobs were plentiful and teachers were hard to find who were wiling to work in Anchorage.

    Advice to Senior ManagementASD should focus upon quality in their teaching and admin staff. Too many decisions are based upon politics. Decisions, especially staffing decisions, should be based upon data.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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