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Program Manager / Project Director

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Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL

Pros

You do have the chance to work on some interesting projects and, if you're lucky, you may get in with the big boys who lead the district.

Cons

Outsiders (i.e., non-educators by trade) not really welcomed.
Way too political to get things done (it is government so things are slower but politics rules supreme and it absolutely hinders progress)
Too much leadership turnover to get consistent strategy and direction
Is there an actual strategy? I doubt it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop with the constant turnover and leadership changes. Also, identify your strong performers or your high aptitude people and get them into the right types of roles. Burning out your smart people is not the way to improve education in Chicago.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1.  

    It is very dysfunctional.

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    After seven years and a strike, I can no longer think of any.

    Cons

    There is no respect for teachers or parents. The system is political and corrupt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The board needs to be people who are stakeholders in the system--teachers, parents, community leaders, not the Mayor's pals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Taught in Chicago Public Schools for over 20 years. Children attended CPS.

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    I had the same holiday schedule as my children. Worked with many wonderful coworkers and students. Made lasting connections with many students over the years, impacted many lives. Had many good experiences and enjoyed the teaching when I could be the teacher and teach and not be micromanaged Central Board, especially people who did not know about my students but thought they knew best about everything. If you had a good principal who would fight the Board for you, this used to be a great place to work. That is nearly impossible with all the cuts in 2013-2014. Pay was okay.

    Cons

    Poorly managed schools. Principals in some schools are like dictators and create toxic work environments that poison the workplace. Very few teachers had good principals and the majority had average to very poor. Central office does not have a clue about what is going on in the various school but wants to have One Size Fit All. General lack of respect shown by Central Office towards teachers and by some principals. Central Office wastes money, changes programs about every 3-6 years, disrespects teachers, is behind in using technology to make teaching and administration easier, needs an elected school board, does the work of the mayor, hires CEOs who have no educational background, knowledge, or understanding. Used to have some career opportunities, but Rahm is destroying that. Central Board did not fund the pensions like they were required to do for years and now blame the pensioners who simply signed a contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat teachers with respect and let them teach. Most teachers are very well-intentioned, enjoy working with kids, and do a respectable job. Many are outstanding and very dedicated. Four times as many teachers are very outstanding, dedicated teachers compared to the small percentage who are really bad! Celebrate them! Then get rid of those (the 3-15% of the teachers [Varies by building]---like in any busy) who are not doing their job! Many teachers feel so beaten down and micromanaged that they become less than what they once were but still do their job. Hire CEOs who have a foundation in CPS--know the city, the schools, the kids.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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