Laradon Hall Reviews

Updated August 16, 2015
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  1. Great staff and great training opportunties!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    School leadership knows how to get things done. New CEO supportive and moving organization in a positive direction. Lots of training opportunities, both internally and externally. Great team environment! Data driven decisions and student focused to change student behavior and get them back to home disrict.

    Cons

    Increase in expectations and accountabiliy of staff has lead to people leaving the organization and a shortage of staff. However, this has lead to an infusion of new, qualified staff. Not enugh time for teacher planning; inservices are full with training!

    Advice to Management

    Add quarterly teacher planning days to the calendar. Increase staff pay when they further their education to obtain Masters if it relates to their curent position, regardless of if it is required for the position. This will incease retention and motivation to increase expertise that will directly benefit the students and staff!


  2. Middle School teacehr

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Laradon Hall full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Laradon Hall has the supports to help new teachers become successful! Administration and behaviorist are in the classroom helping every day. We are creating more lesson plan sharing and materials sharing between teachers so we each don't have to create lessons and materials for every subject and ability level.

    Cons

    Educational Behavioral Support Professionals (para) are needed. We need more highly qualified EBSPs to help manage student behaviors so teachers can teach and have planning times. Laradon is hiring and is constantly providing the necessary training that they need. This is something that Laradon knows and is attempting to fix.

    Advice to Management

    We need a set curriculum (scope and sequence) for all subject levels that has been created by the teachers that works for our student population. Masters level pay is much needed. If I got my masters degree while working at Laradon it should be recognized and I should have an increase in pay.


  3. A supportive work environment where you are encouraged to develop personally and professionally!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Laradon Hall full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Extremely welcoming and positive environment. Amazing staffing levels that make the job much less of a chore than it could be. Very supportive and hands-on administrative staff! Recently had a positive culture change that is improving not only the lives of the students/clients but those of the staff as well. A comprehensive and beneficial professional development system!

    Cons

    Medical benefits and the like are not offered until you have reached 90 days of employment. The academic calendar could be revised to include a bit more down time here and there. This would really help in keeping the staff refreshed and motivated.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you're doing because it is working! Listening to staff and helping them to feel valued and validated is essential and will really help with retention.


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  5. Great place to work with a lot of staff support!

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    Current Employee - School Social Worker in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - School Social Worker in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Staff are very supportive of one another, supervisors are always available to provide any assistance, make their new employees feel welcome, very structured and scientific treatment models consistently used in the classrooms, great use of data to track behavior.

    Cons

    As I have only been working for Laradon for a short time, I have not come across any cons so far.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward in making Laradon a great place to attend as a student and to work as an employee!


  6. Glad I left

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Teacher in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Laradon Hall full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You learn the IEP cause u don't sit down as a team to write it. Good, but really a bad practice.

    Cons

    As a teacher u don't get a laptop. No curriculum, it's locked in a closet. Low pay for teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Close the school for ESY next year. Fix things then & start over. Admin of the company is greedy. The CEO drives a Fully loaded SRT, yet ppl make 22k & do all the work.


  7. Moving in the Right Direction!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Laradon Hall full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful, dedicated co-workers Great benefits TONS of training TWO BCBA's TWO Occupational Therapists Small caseloads New assessments and curricular materials within the past year

    Cons

    Staff shortages and burnout, new students have significant behaviors that can be difficult to manage


  8. Helpful (3)

    Not a good place to work....

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome young staff Benefits Average pay Awesome kids Time off Not much else.... This place wears on staff daily. No breaks

    Cons

    HR doesn't have your back Admin gets paid twice as much as everyone else Faulty communication system Mentor teacher does NOTHING to help teachers We had to have a monitoring group come in to tell HR they were underpaying staff. No back pay On probation (2 years now)

    Advice to Management

    Fire all staff who were under the last corrupt CEO. Treat people fairly and tell new employees what they have to deal with daily. Advice..... DONT WORK HERE!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Mental Institution

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Laradon Hall full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, staff, students, hours, trainings

    Cons

    Dangerous, institutionalized procedures, location, environment

    Advice to Management

    Disclose what teachers/staff are really up against, don't make it sound like its "the usual" stuff with high needs students. ITS NOT!


  10. Helpful (1)

    More of a holding site than a school

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    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Laradon Hall full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly co-workers, benefits after 3 months

    Cons

    It was perfectly acceptable for these children to be aggressive towards staff (punching, hitting, grabbing hair), and there were no consequences. It ran more like a babysitting service than a school. There were no real treatment plans that seemed to be followed other than "make it through the day and hope no one gets hurt". These are children that are removed from regular school special ed programs. The school was founded as a sort of a vo-tech, giving these children skills that would help them contribute to society. They seem to have lost their way from their original purpose.

    Advice to Management

    Be explicit to potential candidates about what the job entails. - not vague "behaviour issues". The "50 pounds of force" one is required to exert (as mentioned in their job ads) are because you will be restraining a growing teenage boy in the midst of a tantrum.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Lost their sense of purpose

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    Current Employee - Staff in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Staff in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Laradon Hall full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Average pay scale- other agencies pay better

    Cons

    Misandristic misogynistic female managers Disputatious female staff - highly adversarial Minimal support from management Conflicts of interest are pervasive Not a person centered agency Participant legal rights are chronically violated No open door policy No policy for escalation Communications are poor An atmosphere of fear and intimidation and retribution exists all all levels

    Advice to Management

    Address all of the above issues, and implement an open door policy Change the culture with a paradigm shift Too many Incident Reports could be avoided with simple common sense communications Support your staff, employees, and contractors! Implement damage control measures to offset lawsuits, bad press, and growing discontentment in the community at large



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