Springfield Public Schools

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Great for first year teacher

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Current Employee - Teacher  in  Springfield, MA
Current Employee - Teacher in Springfield, MA

Pros

Lots of guidance on curriculum for new comers.

Cons

District wide mandates can be confusing and don't match with curriculum, a bit of a disconnect.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook

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    A Very Dysfunctional School District!

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    Current Employee - Physics and Engineering Teacher  in  Springfield, MA
    Current Employee - Physics and Engineering Teacher in Springfield, MA

    Pros

    The kids can be quite likable of you know how to relate to them. It feels good to be working where you can really make a difference in your students' lives. There are some excellent teachers and even a few good administrators. There is always money for professional development. Working with this demographic (minority children in poverty), it is very easy to win grants for all kinds of fun projects or to get involved in grants that others have written. If you can teach hard subjects like physics, chemistry, and calculus, you get the best classes because most teachers are afraid to teach the tough subjects.

    Cons

    The administrators are extremely incompetent and the central office is even worse. Evaluations are arbitrary and more based on meaningless checklists for things like standards written on the board than on actual teaching. The central office is very backward thinking in terms of any educational innovation. They are mostly into "back to basics." There is lots of corruption in terms of money management and hiring practices (especially in the central office, which is an old girls network). The behavior management model is based on intimidation of students. Needless to say, it does not work. Instead, students are treated like criminals and often act accordingly. There is no administrative backup for classroom teachers, which can lead to dangerous situations. The district is rapidly being taken over by the state as school after school is labelled "failing."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your house in order at the top. Get rid of the old dead wood and bring in someone to fix this broken machine before Boston takes it away from you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Challenging, unpredictable, long hours, tough clients

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Early Childhood  in  Springfield, MA
    Current Employee - Teacher, Early Childhood in Springfield, MA

    Pros

    Plenty of ongoing training and professional development.

    Cons

    Lack of resources, under-staffed, transitional staff and clients

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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