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  1. very satisfying

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, KY

    I have been working at Edmonton Public Schools

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    fair treatment by school staff

    Cons

    there were too many seniors looking over your shoulder

  2. overall, not good

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    Former Contractor - Substitute Teacher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Substitute Teacher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Edmonton Public Schools 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

    a chance to get to know many schools in the district

    Cons

    not enough work, uncertain schedule, poor and incomplete lesson plans

    Advice to Management

    reserve summer spots for subs

  3. Very good opportunities. Wonderful staff and support

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    Former Contractor - Teacher-6 Years University Education in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Teacher-6 Years University Education in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Edmonton Public Schools as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good leadership. Had very positive experience.

    Cons

    Some staff members were difficult and negative.

    Advice to Management

    No comment

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  5. Education Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Edmonton Public Schools part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The work climate is usually supportive and focused on the students. There are lots of learning opportunities and co-workers are generally helpful.

    Cons

    The job climate does not allow for any criticism of anyone. This does mean that some people that need feedback to improve their performance do not always get it.

  6. Edmonton Public schools is a leader id educational principles for children and in its outer circles it is known for its

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    Current Employee - Teacher and Substitute Teacher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Teacher and Substitute Teacher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Edmonton Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Teachers receive above average salaries and excellent support from the district. Substitute teachers receive adequate to good compensation.

    Cons

    Edmonton Public schools operates from the Top Down and if a teacher voices an opinion not in line with the present school’s philosophy, that teacher is taken aside and lectured.

    Novice full time teachers are often given the most challenging students in a school where seasoned teachers are given the easier classes, a practice used by most school districts.

    There is much criticism of Substitute teachers by both principals and full-time teachers.

    There is too much hiring of retired teachers as Substitute teachers thus reducing the line of regular Substitutes into the profession.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to demonstrate respect to all levels of employees and I would only recommend this company for Full-time teachers.

  7. Not a friendly place to work

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    Former Employee - Educator in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Educator in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Edmonton Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are helpful. Many great people work there.

    Cons

    Management unsupportive. Teachers are seen as expendable.

  8. A great job but very limited ability to advance your career.

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    Former Employee - Curriculum Specialist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Curriculum Specialist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Edmonton Public Schools

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Maintained teacher salary and benefits plus an additional stipend equivalent to what an AP would make in a school. Was able to focus on helping teachers and specializing in a subject area. It was a nice break from the classroom.

    Cons

    BUREAUCRATIC!!! Which was hard to take at times. There is a huge disconnect from the realities of classroom teaching to what is perceived at Edmonton Public by senior managers. Some have lost sight of what is in the best interests of students.

    Advice to Management

    You need to find ways to remain in touch with the realities of the classroom and the demands on teachers.

  9. great some days, bad some days... that's teaching.

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Edmonton Public Schools

    Pros

    large school district. able to work as a substitute teacher pretty much full time if you know how to market yourself well and do a good job.

    Cons

    tons of new teachers and not a lot of jobs... if you want to make it in this game you have to be excellent at your profession or you won't make it in this city.

    Advice to Management

    do a better job at hiring good teachers and keeping them in the profession.

  10. Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edmonton Public Schools

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Experience is very good because you work with kids

    Cons

    Boring repetitive but still rewarding! seeing all the kids smiling

    Advice to Management

    Work here!

  11. Can't beleive I'm saying this, but "If ony they ran it like a business"

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    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Edmonton Public Schools

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Being a teacher has a lot of the perks people associate with it: holidays, good pay, good benefits. Edmonton Public, like most employers in public education met at least this standard.

    Cons

    Before I begin, perhaps I should say that problems like the ones I'll describe are endemic to teaching to a certain extent - a focus on "accountability" but only for the staff, never for the management; a massaging of data when it comes to "success rates," and a tendancy (in traditional schools, anyway) to do it liek it's always been done. If that works for soem stduetns great. The rest are left to their own devices, with predictable results. Giving the toughest assignments to the greenest professionals is not something we do to doctors, engineers, etc. But we do it with kids. Edmonton Public, like any institution, has the option of charting a different path, joining the present, and finding leaders that can do what's required.

    Advice to Management

    Choose leaders based on who has demonstrated leadership - not based on a pool of people who would like to lead, regarldess of competence. Be bold, find what works, and copy it. We're way behind and there are exemplars of programming and strategy that is far ahead of what we're doing.

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