New York City Department of Education

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Former Employee - Instructional Coach in New York, NY
Former Employee - Instructional Coach in New York, NY

I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time (more than an year)

Pros

They are doing really innovative work with Common Core

Cons

Sometimes being on the frontline of a new policy initiative has it's difficulties.

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    My experience there was varied but I left when I couldn't abide the new emphasis.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York City Department of Education (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fairly reliable pay check. Fair amount of job security, in the past, provided you were fully certified. The movement now is towards "corporatizing" and disposability.

    Cons

    See above. Also, lots of bureaucratic red tape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give educational professionals (teachers) agency, credit and respect. DO not hire educators who really aren't up to the task. If you find that one of your teachers fits that description, don't grant tenure.

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    Loved teaching, when the DOE wasn't overrun by inexperienced managers and directors

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    Former Employee - High School Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - High School Teacher in New York, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Teaching is rewarding no matter where you go (the influence on the lives of children is indescribable) and the pay for teachers is higher here than in other states.

    Cons

    Too much focus on data with the influx of private sector minds and former TFA corps members who are driven but lack a deeper and stronger understanding of urban education. Too focused on helping the below-average/average child and gifted or above-average students are ignored. Not equal education for all.

    The work is rewarding but policies from central reflect the poor vision of policy-makers who have too few years of actual educational experience. Not a good place for folks with a science or math degree when offers elsewhere are more rewarding (you are respected more). Parents are generally disengaged and place too much responsibility on the teacher.

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    Central really needs to stop hiring people with 0-2 years of education experience. It's easy to read books, type up a proposal and create policies. But difficult to implement (except through compliance) because of the disconnect to the teaching field.

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