Providence School District

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Providence School District Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
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    Difficult job but very satisfying

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middle School Teacher in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Middle School Teacher in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Providence School District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with children and making a difference in their lives. No better feeling than this.

    Cons

    Very difficult getting the job done to your own high standards. They place too many children with many needs in your care. You must multitask constantly. The children's needs must always come first. If you do not plan to do this, get out of the profession.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    School leaders overall do a great job helping teachers do their best, so they must continue to do so. Providence does support their teachers who work hard and they need to realize that the job can burn people out. Mentoring is important and should be encouraged more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    ccw/cna

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CCW in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - CCW in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Providence School District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    secure job, helping the people that need help

    Cons

    do not get pay in the summer unless you work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Inconsistent vision, remedies and administation support

    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in Providence, RI

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

    Pros

    Best of intentions and many great kids

    Cons

    Administration expects us to work as a team when that concept isn't present.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop changing approaches and stick with a direction and facilitate team formation.

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    District is rife with excessive internal problems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Providence School District

    Pros

    Many fabulous, caring families who attend give time and effort
    Many people work hard to serve students
    Dedicated teachers in every school

    Cons

    District lacks accountability and transparency for the actions taken by principals.

    Mayor and school board micromanages district personnel by firing over 1900 teachers without just cause, without a plan on how to rehire teachers.

    Mayor and school board ignored contract that was signed 2 1/2 years earlier.Total disregard for teachers' lives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *Change school board so it is elected by the people, for the people in the city of Providence, (not appointed by the mayor) so school board will have more accountability for its actions.

    *Demand more accountability and transparency of principals so their actions will be clear and public when they have issues with teachers. They need to answer to a higher authority: a head of schools (whose actions are held accountable) with strict guidelines for informing the public of problems that persist in schools, as well as successes in schools.

    *Correct problems before they get out of hand. Provide higher level of internal support for teachers and other employees within the school system.

    *Involve as many key players (parents, teachers, union, administration) in the solution, action, and implementation of solutions to problems school are having.

    *Plan early for school improvement. Administration must join forces with teachers union and school board to get any real work accomplished as we ALL try to move students forward. Otherwise, it is like a nasty divorce where the children become pawns and no work gets done as the split becomes increasingly bitter.

    Doesn't Recommend

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