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  1. Respect

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Teacher in Anchorage, AK

    I worked at Anchorage School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    One thing I can say is that the ASD respects its teachers.

    Cons

    Anchorage is a city of republicans and this can be difficult at times with school bonds and such.


  2. Loved working here for the last 6 years!

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    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Anchorage, AK

    I worked at Anchorage School District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really good salary and benefits! I loved the principal I had and the staff I worked with.

    Cons

    There is more stress on teachers with the new curriculums, larger class sizes, and increase in responsibilities with the budget cuts.

    Advice to Management

    Teachers need more support with behavior kids. It usually takes a year or so to get any kind of support and it is disrupting the learning of the other kids in the classroom.


  3. Working at ASD is a good experience.

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Teacher in Anchorage, AK

    I have been working at Anchorage School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working 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.

    Cons

    With 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 Management

    Consider the importance of employee buy-in.


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

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    Former Contractor - Teacher in Anchorage, AK
    Former Contractor - Teacher in Anchorage, AK

    I worked at Anchorage School District as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Training 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.

    Cons

    High 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 Management

    Overly 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.


  6. Stepping stone job.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sub TA in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Sub TA in Anchorage, AK

    I worked at Anchorage School District part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Little to no training available

    Advice to Management

    Train the Sub TAs so we arent so clueless


  7. Teacher

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Teacher in Anchorage, AK

    I have been working at Anchorage School District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Students, co-workers, classroom supplies, independence

    Cons

    Top-down management, pointless inservices, pay


  8. Teacher at Anchorage School District

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Teacher in Anchorage, AK

    I worked at Anchorage School District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work 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.

    Cons

    In 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 Management

    Teachers 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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Substitute Cafeteria Worker in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Substitute Cafeteria Worker in Anchorage, AK

    I have been working at Anchorage School District

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  10. Improved and Fair

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Anchorage, AK

    I have been working at Anchorage School District

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    In 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 Management

    An 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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Teacher in Anchorage, AK

    I worked at Anchorage School District

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    ASD 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 Management

    ASD 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.



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