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Great district to work for.

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Current Employee - Guest Teacher in Denver, CO
Current Employee - Guest Teacher in Denver, CO

I have been working at Denver Public Schools as a contractor (more than 3 years)

Pros

A wonderful opportunity to see what's new in education.

Cons

Salaries are not sufficient for the hard work and hours teachers are expected to put in.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Show more support at the administrative level of teachers' dedication.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Soul-consuming and spirit-crushing

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    Former Employee - Classroom Teacher in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Classroom Teacher in Denver, CO

    I worked at Denver Public Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The kids are the best part of the job. If you take the time to make a connection with them, you'll be rewarded with genuine effort. Most of the teachers are eager and willing to share tips and tricks and lesson ideas if you approach them respectfully.

    Cons

    -No salary advancement after 14 years.
    -Teachers in high-need schools are greatly disheartened by district admin actions that seem to be purposefully harmful to school success.
    -Few district-level choices are made based on sound research; most are made based on opinion or poorly-done research.
    -Little to no protections afforded to teachers who have not achieved tenure.
    -Since 2008, 2 of 4 quadrants of the district have been under court order to provide better services to ELL students. That is, district admins refused to stop harmful actions and institute helpful ones until required by law.
    -District administration structure is part of "revolving door" in Denver- and Colorado-area politics.
    -District does not always comply with state requirements regarding graduation requirements, class size, etc.
    -District actively participates in charter school creation processes that bleed students and funds from traditional public schools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using our children as stepping stones to your political career. If you don't care about children, go into a different field, preferably in the private sector.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Great people, mission & values. The people are fantastic to work with and value others.

    Cons

    The challenge is just the political pieces of being public. Otherwise a great place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change management should be seen as a top priority in all endeavors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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