Citizen Schools

  www.citizenschools.org
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

36 Employee Reviews (View Most Recent)

Sort: Rating Date

 

Teaching Fellow

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Teaching Fellow  in  Boston, MA
Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA

Pros

Great experience overall, great place to work right out of college if you're thinking about teaching or working with kids in general. Great benefits

Cons

LONG hours, little pay. I was definitely burnt out by the end

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be more open about the stress of this work and give space for teaching fellows to talk about that and find ways to better support them around these stresses

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other reviews for Citizen Schools

  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    So sad to write this about an organization I once respected enormously

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel to Boston
    Some professional development
    Working with kids is awesome
    Idea of mission is good

    Cons

    Very inexperienced campus leadership
    Internal hires do not equal quality
    Incestuous relationships between managers and fellows creates bias
    Confusion of roles and who does what
    Does not promote collaboration among different positions
    School partnerships not stable (funding, leadership)
    Do not tell you when you do something good, only hear the negative
    Curriculum was regionally produced (Boston) and not applicable to all schools
    Exhaustion and burnout
    Internal positions not always filled by the most competent, but friends of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your fellows, because there are some really great people who do not get treated very well. Take complaints seriously. Pay people more and let them take time off when they are sick. Give people memberships to yoga for all the stress. Get leadership on campuses more for longer visits so they can see what it is REALLY like day to day, pulling back the curtain. Expand to recruit people who have more life experience who the kids will respect more. Don't make people work 55-60 hour work weeks for a tiny AmeriCorps stipend or redevelop a graduate program so they can earn a free Masters. Offer teaching certification at all sites. Hire people outside of the organization as Campus Leadership so there is no bias and overlapping friendship issues between staff who used to be fellows. Campus directors should not be paid over $40,000 a year when they are less than 30 years old, especially when fellows earn less than $25,000. Really train your leadership on campus to lead and learn how to observe properly. Make the kids the priority always, and get better curriculum. I loved this organization when it was not ELT, and so did the kids. It stopped being fun when it only became about the data and numbers, and the kids only became hash marks to be tallied. I think Eric Schwartz has an awesome vision but has no idea what happens at any of the campuses, and senior leadership needs to be more involved and aware of regional challenges. It's sold its soul for ELT and needs to find its heart again, which is making education fun.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing program, given the right school conditions, and turnover was a challenge.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Great program model. Working with volunteers in the hands on aspects were really engaging for the students, they got to apply things to the real world context. The teaching staff worked together as a team and were tight and supported each other. The leadership was really bought in on the mission. The administrative structure make sense as does the data measurement.

    Cons

    Staff retention and satisfaction were a challenge. The part time teaching role was not paid enough to make the job attractive so it turned over. Sometimes there was too much on the plate of teaching fellows, and not enough support and good curriculum. The headquarters was sometimes insulated from the reality on the ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out the balance of apprenticeship career based classes and academics, it seems Citizen Schools is not a test prep organization but may be pushed that way. Figure out something to replace part time teaching role, that is manageable and that has livable salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
There are newer employer reviews for Citizen Schools.

Worked for Citizen Schools? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.