Palm Beach County School District

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Not bad, but it depends on your school site

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Current Employee - High School Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
Current Employee - High School Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL

I have been working at Palm Beach County School District full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Great colleagues who are willing to collaborate and share (but this depends on your school - I have heard of schools where no one shares); for the most part, students are engaged (but again, this depends on your school); Technology is mostly available, and mostly up-to-date; at my school, the administrators don't micro-manage my content or require a lot of time-wasting lesson plans or reports.

Bottom line, this district is HUGE, so you will see the whole range of school facilities, students, administrators and parent involvement.

Cons

*Waaaaaay too many middle managers at the Taj Mahal, who have forgotten what it's like to be in a classroom with students.
*No chance for promotion unless you're willing to spend thousands of dollars getting a bogus Ed Leadership masters degree.
*Top-down management can be disastrous. If you have a district semester exam, you're screwed if you don't zoom through the scope and sequence faster than your students can learn. (Hint: last year's biology 1st semester exam.
*Training on any technology is pretty much self-instruction. At my school, the technology person doesn't even understand the technology, so no way can that person train anyone else to use it.
*6-year textbook adoption schedule means that by year 5 or 6, most of the textbooks are pretty raggedy.
*Helicopter-parent complaining means administration will cave in and side with the parent. (Obviously this depends on your school)
*Low salaries and almost non-existent raises.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Provide the supplies we need to teach! Seriously, we don't get any copy paper? Administrators and curriculum specialists should be required to get back in the classroom on a regular basis so they can experience what they're requiring us to do.

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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    A factory district that is producing a substandard product because we forget that the products are thinking children

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    Current Employee - School Teacher
    Current Employee - School Teacher

    I have been working at Palm Beach County School District full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Large company that is organized in its management of the staff members, there are many job opportunities, Many choices for teaching in different settings. There is an attempt to make it the best system, although it is micromanaged probably in part due to the size of the district.

    Cons

    The problem is that even though there are so many choice programs that could be so amazing they are all beginning to look the same and as a result these choice programs loose their innovation and uniqueness. If you are a teacher dying to make a difference and want to use new ideas and different ways of teaching you will be forced to use the same lock-step method of teaching that is called MARZANO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow teachers to feel confident and teach the students rather than to the data,

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Really depends on the school and the administration

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Palm Beach County School District full-time

    Pros

    Well organized district with a lot of professional development.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get credit for prior experience.

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