Mastery Charter School

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Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

I have been working at Mastery Charter School full-time (Less than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Recommends
Positive Outlook

Pros

Great co-workers, a good amount of support from the top, potential for job growth

Cons

Can be very demanding and stressful

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Make sure you are completely aligned to their model and are a worker who enjoys being told exactly what to do.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Mastery Charter School

    Pros

    Clear data in terms of your student performance. Clarity regarding exactly what will be on the formative tests. All Mastery get-togethers. Great if you are a new teacher with a ton of time to commit and want to improve your basic instructional techniques.

    Cons

    Mastery is still expanding at a fast pace leaving little time to take seriously any innovation in regards to figuring out how to make their schools sustainable places of employment for adults who have families or want a dynamic life outside of their work days. Fast expansion also means that central leadership message becomes one of command and control rather than inquiry. Quick success seems to have created pressure NOT to change anything right now. If innovation is part of your motivation, then now is not the right time to work here.

    Advice to Management

    Stop expanding and start breaking new ground for making your schools places where teachers can work for a lifetime. Otherwise, you risk becoming another white-collar sweatshop that hires cheap young labor and burns them out, but has an effective training model in place to compensate by hiring new ones. Such a focus will also mean you are able to innovate beyond the basics delivered by direct instruction and instead add an additional model to the teaching approach that takes students to a level of critical thinking, reflection, and self-management.


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    Not an inclusive work force - leaders and teachers of color beware

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    Current Employee - Leader
    Current Employee - Leader

    I have been working at Mastery Charter School full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart staff
    Hard working people
    Vision oriented CEO
    Good results

    Cons

    Going too fast, lacking in diversity.

    3.0 is a good initiative but it is moving too fast.
    Beware, this is not the best environment for teachers or leaders of color. At the top, the organization is mainly white and male. All deputy chiefs are white and male that manage schools with the exception of one white woman. The directors of curriculum are ALL white - yes, the people who shape the curriculum within Mastery are all white. There is not one Latino/a, Black, biracial leader within the curriculum department. At the top level, the CEO, CAO, Deputy Chief of Schools are also white.

    There are black school leaders, but for many years the school leaders were white and male. I have been a Mastery employee for several years now and while diversity in school leadership is improving, we have a long way to go. This also has implications for how teachers of colors are perceived and feel.

    There is improvement among leadership with cultural context trainings, but there is a long way to go within the organization. I warn new leaders all the time be careful who you say what to and when. I stay because I care about the children and the school I manage, but at worse, this place can be a toxic work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Get authentic leaders of color within the organization - there is no reason why over 15 years later, there are no directors of curriculum that are of color, and no deputy chiefs of schools that are of color (latino/a, black, anything that's not white). Think about what it means to be a leader of color and try to create an inclusive work force.


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