Oakland Unified School District

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Oakland Adult and Career Education: the gem of the Oakland Unified School District.

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Teacher  in  Oakland, CA
Current Employee - Teacher in Oakland, CA

I have been working at Oakland Unified School District

Pros

Excellent management: intelligent, effective, inclusive, action and detail oriented. Opportunities for collaboration among teachers and between teachers and administrators. Extensive paid professional development opportunities. Experienced and talented teaching workforce. Chances for advancement; plenty of opportunities to attend conferences, network with other adult ed. Great support from management.

Cons

Perpetual negativity from some teachers; some condescending attitudes from one administrator (out of about 14). Two-tier wage system also creates some resentment between "hourly" and "contract" teachers. Not enough teachers and administrators of color; especially African American: very limited, especially upper management is very white!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Remember: it's not a collective! Give clear directives; do not try to negotiate every single change with stubborn faculty members stuck in the 20th century. On the other hand, be inclusive; don't pick and choose; invite everyone to participate. Also, recruit more management and teachers of color; we're a little on the pale side.

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    Tough

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oakland Unified School District full-time

    Pros

    It's great to see the kids learn.
    I met some great teachers.
    I got a chance to understand one example of the achievement gap.

    Cons

    Many teachers are new, so there is a lack of mentoring.
    Pay is not consummate with the job.
    It's difficult to make any headway due to lack of resources of many different kinds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to make international connections with other schools. Streamline upper management. Meetings do not equal professional development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at Oakland Unified School District

    Pros

    Autonomy, ability to affect kids that need it.

    Cons

    Completely under-funded and can be very unpredictable.

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