Denver Public Schools

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Denver Public Schools Reviews in Colorado

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
63 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Comprehensive plan for education and professional development opps (in 6 reviews)

  • caring faculty who really want to make a difference (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • Administrator are often inexperienced and lack abilities to those train staff members seeking advance professional development (in 4 reviews)

  • Low pay, long hours, disorganized, last minute changes stirring up the organization, and poor discipline structure were the most frustrating (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Typical State of Education

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Teacher in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, opportunities to move up in leadership roles, friendly employees, clear vision

    Cons

    Some schools understaffed for the needs in building, some schools have serious behavior/discipline issues leading to an unsafe environment, inequitable instructional curriculums/materials (huge difference between charters and reg. ed). No work/life balance for teachers (all work, no life)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not worth the headache...

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    Current Employee - School Administrator in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - School Administrator in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Several opportunities for professional growth through district-wide trainings, staff professional development, credited continue learning courses, college tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    The pay for teachers is very low and only increases with years of serve not education/or training. Administrator are often inexperienced and lack abilities to those train staff members seeking advance professional development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Thank you very much for having me! wish I could come back!

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    Former Employee - Bus Driver in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Bus Driver in Denver, CO

    I worked at Denver Public Schools part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I never should have left!!! it's like family!

    Cons

    Seasonal work, they don't pay for holidays or summer break

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support Bus Drivers More.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Teacher

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Teacher in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Students first culture; Progressive; accountable; Focus on disadvantaged student populations; Dedicated teachers

    Cons

    Bureaucracy; Educator development is not well planned; Nepotism;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement an accountability framework for school and district administrators that have the same "teeth" as the system you have adopted for teachers. Too many administrators do not appear to have a successful instructional background (or do not communicate/project such knowledge) and therefore lack the credibility to effectively manage those who are successful educators.

    It is difficult to quantify what many folks at the district office contribute to the education of our students. Perhaps if they were distributed at school sites across the district, those of us who are directly responsible for the students would be able to better appreciate their efforts (this especially includes academic technology, assessment, and curriculum personnel).

    Data security is dangerously ignored and generally treated as an insignificant burden -> student data is a "ticking time bomb".

    New programs are often implemented in a disjoint ("winging it") manner - this appears to be related to the lack of accountability/structure in the grants management process, i.e. spending grant money without taking time to fully vet pilot programs and new initiatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Poorly Run School System

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    Current Employee - Elementary Ela-s Teacher in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Elementary Ela-s Teacher in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The children and their appreciation of what a teacher does for them.

    Cons

    Poor work conditions. Top heavy mgmt. Too many administrators DT telling teachers what to do...they have never taught and most never in a school.

    Supt. NO educational credentials. Not even licensed to teach....Board of Ed. same way
    they know little of how teaching really is....DPS is a mess...be warned!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring people with no classroom experience telling faculties how to teach....they throw out theory.Come teach just one day and see if you can do it on your own. If you cannot teach you should not be in DPS administration!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Working as a primary teacher was very rewarding.

    Former Employee - Elementary Ela-E Teacher in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Elementary Ela-E Teacher in Denver, CO

    I worked at Denver Public Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good professional training, to keep abreast.,, planning doesn't aways accomodate work load,

    Cons

    Seem willing to address accomodating diversity only when it comes to second language learners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More willing to accept difference of opinion.

  8.  

    Denver Public Schools provided a positive work environment among passionate individuals

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    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    DPS has fantastic benefits, and employes passionate teachers that serve a less-affluent population that is in most need of committed teachers

    Cons

    Getting through the paper-work can be a little arduous with a somewhat disorganized headquarters office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Choose your school wisely

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Teacher in Denver, CO

    I worked at Denver Public Schools full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was thoughtful about which schools I applied to (after the initial HR screening) and I found a fantastic school with a supportive administrative team, top notch colleagues and fantastic students. I left my position after one ear because I moved out-of-state for personal reasons. If you do your research on various schools, then you should find a match.

    Cons

    District level bureaucracy is pretty typical. I've been a teacher for over 12 year sin five different districts. By no means is DPS the worst, but there are plenty of people in the central office who just create more work for others to justify their job. Be prepared to have previous ELL/ELA experience questioned, and oftentimes thrown out, by these district level managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    District level managers should have more faith in their site-based administrators. Principals and APs know their teachers and know what their teachers need to be successful. Rather than applying a one-size-fits-all approach to teacher inservice, perhaps model best practices and differentiate the process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    DPS provided me with amazing opportunities

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    Former Employee - Assessment Specialist in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Assessment Specialist in Denver, CO

    I worked at Denver Public Schools full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Diversity of job opportunities and ways to use your skills and knowledge and acquire new skills and experience.

    Cons

    Because it is such a large district, communication is often not effective and not everyone is in sync.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great community to be apart of

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    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers, staff and anyone who is employed at D.P.S. are very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    When you have to go back and rethink, but that happens daily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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