Harrison School District 2

  www.harrison.k12.co.us
  www.harrison.k12.co.us
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Possibly one of the worst career moves ever

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Current Employee - Teacher in Colorado Springs, CO
Current Employee - Teacher in Colorado Springs, CO

I have been working at Harrison School District 2 full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

The kids are overall pretty great. Some great colleagues in other teachers, who are also desperately trying to do their best in an incredibly oppressive environment.

Cons

Administration fails to understand that a school is not a business--a failure of the reform movement in general ( this district is also greatly influenced by ideas coming from TFA). Data needs to be tracked EVERYWHERE---on walls, in individual student folders, in binders, on department posters...for assessment after assessment. The amount of redundancy, soul crushing documentation, and loss of instructional time as well as teacher overtime devoted to these processes is mind blowing. Then there's posting of plans on two written formats, chalkboards, shared drives, walls, power points, AND chalkboards. Standardized plans where you MUST be teaching the exact same plan as your colleagues on the same day, so little to no teacher autonomy, despite constant yammering about "leadership". If you are an experienced teacher or teach because you actually find some joy in teaching, my best advice is avoid, avoid, avoid.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Treat your employees like you have some modicum of respect for their professional judgement, not like they're some sort of teaching widgets. Solicit feedback on evaluations. Recognize that you are not infallible. Fostering an environment of intimidation is counterproductive over the long term.

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    The students and staff members at HSD2 are, for the most part, intelligent, hard-working, caring individuals.

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    Former Employee - School Principal in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - School Principal in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Harrison School District 2 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    So many staff members go above and beyond the call of duty in educating students and providing opportunities for students to grow and to become responsible citizens.

    Cons

    Too many staff members seem to be concerned about just keeping their jobs and being part of the "Good ol' Boy" group rather than really caring about what is best for staff members, students, or parents.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what is best for students, staff members and parents. Find out what that is by asking each of these groups and truly listening to their responses, and then following through. Escorting award-winning staff members out the door and putting inexperienced teachers in the position of department chairs is certainly not best practice. Communicate! If there are concerns - allow staff members to improve rather than just giving them the boot. Shame on you if this describes you as an administrator!

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO
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    HSD2 became the most miserable place I've ever worked.

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    Former Employee - High School Math Teacher in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - High School Math Teacher in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Harrison School District 2

    Pros

    Working with at-risk youth
    Great Hispanic population

    Cons

    Superintendent believes there is only one way to teach
    Vindictive administration
    Favoritism
    No appreciation for a job well done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teaching is a career, not a job, so people are looking to do it long-term. F. Mike believes one should teach for a maximum of 5 years. His justification is,"the average person has 12 jobs in their lifetime." The average person does NOT have 12 careers! Treat teachers with respect, and know that the vast majority of them are doing right by kids, not the other way around.

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    Disapproves of CEO
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