Dallas Independent School District

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Great learning environment and coworkers have made all the difference.

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Current Employee - Family Therapist  in  Dallas, TX
Current Employee - Family Therapist in Dallas, TX

I have been working at Dallas Independent School District

Pros

Coworkers are like family. Professional environment. Descent pay.

Cons

The politics in the administration. Its not what you know but who you know.

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Evaluate where and how money is spent and you could save and compensate your employees better.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    The challenge can be great - but the burnout can be lasting

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    Current Employee - High School Teacher  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District

    Pros

    * The pay is much higher than surrounding districts, especially for advanced degrees
    * You are likely to feel very needed, to feel that you are serving a critical need in the community
    * You can play a key role in many kids' success and education, vs. dropping out, getting into drugs/gangs, etc. -- in my last school, none of the kids would have been at the slightest risk of falling through the cracks no matter what I had or hadn't done
    * If you have a self-sacrificing streak, this district will give you plenty of chances to indulge it
    * As someone else said, if you don't like one campus, there are many others -- many teachers have moved on from our northwest Dallas high school to other DISD campuses and *loved* their new positions

    Cons

    * At some campuses, including our northwest Dallas campus, principals have very little knowledge, yet feel perfectly comfortable berating teachers for their students' poor performance
    * Constant pressure to raise the passing rate, even if it involves giving kids a month of chances to do the homework assignments, staying for hours after school daily
    * Counselors at some campuses, including ours, are a mix of knowledgeable and clueless people, and it's not uncommon for students to be scheduled in the wrong classes, then have the problem addressed after it's too late for them to earn needed credits
    * Some campus deans, including ours, do not know how to create an effective master schedule, resulting in classes of 45-60 students for the first MONTH of school -- and again, by the time the problem's addressed, the kids have missed out on their credits
    * In the high-poverty schools, most parents work 40-80 hours and have no time or knowledge to get involved
    * Some campuses, including ours, have incredibly inconsistent and/or ineffective disciplinary policies (ours is proof that sometimes even Marines may not know jack about how to run a tight ship, for all their big talk)
    * On at least one DISD high school campus -- not ours -- multiple teachers who left report that they were physically assaulted by students, but saw the district do no more than temporarily assign the student to the alternative campus
    * When higher-ups screw up, the district is far more likely to move them around quietly to other campuses rather than deal with the problem
    * The central office is notorious for hiring their staff based on family or organizational connections (e.g., hiring member's of one's former sorority) rather than competence
    * The district is chronically mismanaged, financially and academically, which has led to rounds of massive layoffs and transfers that could have been avoided by better leadership
    * The school board does a horrendous job of managing the district -- some recent members have said flat out that if their companies had been prohibited from doing business with the district, they would never have run for the position -- does that tell you something about what types the post attracts?
    * Apart from a few magnet schools or those in high-income areas, the high school campuses often have only meager computer resources
    * Expect to pay for your own toner if you want to print any materials, to have the copy room regularly unavailable and any other copiers broken, to paint your own chalkboard if you want one that can be written on, and to teach without students having textbooks (hard copy OR electronic) or other learning materials
    * Nearly all high-school students will have cell phones, but only a handful will have computers and of those, many will not have Internet access -- I could count on my digits (fingers and toes) the DISD students I've taught over the past five years who actually had Internet access at home
    * Even recently renovated campuses may have only limited accessibility to the handicapped -- ours has a ramp at the front, but all other ramps in our sprawling 1950s building lead to at least a small flight of stairs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the morally-sound minority: Start pressuring your colleagues to select hires for competency, not connections. If you're in charge of others, be willing to hire people who have good skills at the areas where you're weak, rather than just bluffing your way through.
    To the morally-challenged majority: Recognize that in an increasingly technologically connected environment, your chances of getting caught skimming money, getting kickbacks, promoting the wrong people, etc., will only continue to increase. Get out while you can.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It has been interesting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District

    Pros

    There is always a variety of students to work with on a daily basis. They have good spirit and mostly are wonderful kids to work with.

    Cons

    Parent support is very minimal. Several of the schools have students/parents who have little if no support from their family and is plagued by issues related to urban low SES.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get into the schools and see what is really happening. Sit in the counselors office and just observe the number and type of kids who come through the door an the issues they deal with daily.

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