Minneapolis Schools

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Minneapolis Schools Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
26 Reviews
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26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good for subs.

    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools as a contractor

    Pros

    Good school system to work in for substitute teachers. Opportunities to connect with schools and get called back as a preferred sub if you do well and find a good fit with a specific class.

    Cons

    Mpls schools can have some classroom management challenges, especially for a sub, but if you come in prepared it usually works out just fine. Incomplete sub plans are always a possibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure classes are prepared to treat subs with respect and to expect to get work done, not just watch videos. Recognize good subs and make an effort to build a relationship with them. It's best for you, your school, and your employees.

  2.  

    Good administration is hit or miss

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    High salary, abundant opportunity for professional development. Some schools have good professional culture.

    Cons

    Tough demographic at most schools, ridiculous tenure requirements, 2 out of 3 principals shouldn't be in the positions they're in. The good ones are real gems, however. The size of this government bureaucracy may be surprising to those coming from smaller districts; it's huge. Much of the money that should be going to the classroom is supporting a parasitical district office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the district staff drastically. Monitor your principals more closely.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Restructuring

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools

    Pros

    salary, seasoned staff, benefits, students

    Cons

    policies, too much management, not enough leaderships know what is happening in the school buildings. Political agendas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    restructure faster

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  5.  

    Bogged down by bureaucracy.

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    Current Employee - CTE Teacher in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - CTE Teacher in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues are first class. Students are marvelous.

    Cons

    No support from administration. Teachers are in danger of losing positions based on false or over-blown accusations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dear MPS Administration - you say you value the professionalism of your staff, yet your actions demonstrate the opposite.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I enjoyed working for this district.

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    Current Employee - Associate Educator in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Associate Educator in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The pay was great and the benefits and various training opportunities were solid. There was a lot of room to grow and learn more about the education field.

    Cons

    It is a challenge working with youth and also having different points of views from your peers. You often find yourself being challenged about your decisions. It was also very unorganized at the school I worked for and there was a lack of accountability.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Minneapolis Public Schools - Reserve Teacher

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    Former Employee - Reserve Teacher in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Reserve Teacher in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to experience many different educational settings
    Independence to lead lessons and enhance classroom management skills
    New found respect for the issues your substitute teachers encountered

    Cons

    MPS is a big institution so you are often left to carve out the experience with minimal oversight (which is perhaps actually a pro to some like myself)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very positive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Teacher in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Professional teachers, dedicated to teaching students with best research-based methods

    Cons

    Programs are getting cut. Too much emphasis on national testing. No Child Left Behind is a failed law written by people who were not in touch with ways to measure true learning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Paperwork does not help teach students; it only fulfills state and federal requirements that necessitate hiring government workers to read the paperwork. Needless.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disheartening....for a district that serves so many diverse students, many staff members at MPS seem to be racist.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools

    Pros

    The students, certain staff, and the Superintendent

    Cons

    Many employees are stuck in the past....they have a mantra 'we have always done it this way' and are slow and resistant to change.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    High Schools are where it's at!

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    Former Employee - Sea in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Sea in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    weekends, holidays and summer off.

    Cons

    Summer off! Gotta bid for work in summer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    very good overall; victim of academic push-down in early ed; testing/assess't negatively impacts time to teach students

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Teacher in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mpls offers FT teaching contracts to ECE licensed teachers

    Cons

    A long stretch of lean budget years have forced principals to eliminate support staff in early elementary classes (paras), while class sizes have increased to 25+ students

    No opinion of CEO

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