Aspire Public Schools

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Absolutely no work-personal life balance!

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at Aspire Public Schools full-time (less than an year)

Pros

They care about helping kids achieve and get to college. They have professional development (although way too much) to help teachers get better.

Cons

There is no balance between work and personal life. My nights and weekends are spent lesson planning. Everything (and I mean everything) must be made from scratch. There are no textbooks or resources to use to create lessons, worksheets, or workstations. There is constant testing (a different test every week) that feels like it never ends. The school I am at has lacked an effective principal and school-wide behavioral system, and as a result kids are extremely disrespectful and defiant toward many of the teachers. Aspire offers a "teacher resource portal" online to "help" with lesson plan ideas, however there is almost nothing in it and I don't know any teachers who use it. Low salary.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Give your teachers more practical resources to help planning, stop having so many PDs during the week, and pay teachers what they're worth (70+ hr workweeks)!

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    disappointing

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Education Specialist in Stockton, CA
    Former Employee - Education Specialist in Stockton, CA

    I worked at Aspire Public Schools as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    the educational practices in regular education
    the other staff members who are devoted to students and doing quality work
    resources available

    Cons

    teaching to the test instead by the individual's needs
    no loyalty to teachers
    corporate attitude

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It was a good experience to see good teaching practices being taught, but the respect of teachers who do know how to teach and need to tweak their procedures to comply to your verb-age was not there. If you give no loyalty, you won't receive any in return.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    No Work-Life Balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Aspire Public Schools

    Pros

    -Helpful and collaborative co-coworkers.
    -Informative professional development (sometimes too much)
    -Opportunity to improve student academic performance

    Cons

    -Long hours (12 hours + per day)
    -100% teach to the test
    -Time after school and weekends mostly devoted to lesson planning
    -Create all curriculum from scratch (good at times, but unnecessary)
    -Low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less hours for teachers.
    Trust teachers more.
    Increase pay.
    Allow for more flexibility in teaching style and student assessment.

    Doesn't Recommend
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