School District of Philadelphia

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Updated August 18, 2015
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  1. substitute teacher

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    None No pros. It was clean, especially the floors.

    Cons

    Like a season in hell, Unruly savages.


  2. It was a wonderful time to be an instructor in the District

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You will have the opportunity to change the mindset of your students, and help them to see things from another persons perspective.

    Cons

    Instructors are treated like secretaries. To much paper work.

    Advice to Management

    find a way to balance instruction and paper work.


  3. Teacher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Experience and prepared me for administration position

    Cons

    I hated to leave the school district


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  5. Education is the Keybto an Open Door

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    Current Employee - Special Education One -to -One Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Special Education One -to -One Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great job for those who have the passion and drive to educate our youth and watch them succeed.

    Cons

    Just do your job and don't worry about others doing theirs.

    Advice to Management

    None!


  6. School District of Philadelphia working with our City's at risk and special needs children in a classroom setting at var

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The District offers great benefits and opportunities for advancement and retirement plans although it is difficult to navigate the best plans for individuals when they start out and difficult to change once they are chosen by new hires.

    Cons

    The District has lots of quirks and plays by it's own rules, Union representation and support in questionable

    Advice to Management

    Work with all subordinates with the same level of respect and commitment you would want for them to work with our City's students and respect each other more sincerely and honestly. The future is in our children and not in the politics and cronyism that currently is part of the system.


  7. I worked at two turnaround schools. It was very challenging.

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    Former Employee - Teacher -- Masters +30 in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher -- Masters +30 in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you can get through to the students, they (some) will try to behave and learn

    Cons

    It's a very challenging. You have days where you want to give up. The kids are very low academically. There are many behavioral issues.

    Advice to Management

    Be supportive of your teachers and listen!


  8. Demoralizing and Blamed by All

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    Current Employee - Educator
    Current Employee - Educator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Summers off. That's about it. Sometimes actually helping a child or a family without interference. A child's smile. Good medical benefits. PFT Union, at times.

    Cons

    As a teacher lack of respect from principals, the School Reform Commition (SRC), parents, and the press. Jobs lost to charter schools. Union busting practices. Brow-beating staff. Spending your own money on basic supplies. Little chance for advancement even with proper qualifications. Advancement based on reverse discrimination (officially racial-balance). Stress, not only from doing your position, but from teachers taking the insults from everyone, getting beat up by students ( and not just high schooler's), threats of bodily harm (students AND parents), etc.

    Advice to Management

    How do higher ups expect to make a teacher feel like what they are doing is worth it year after year whilst criticizing all the sweat and tears put into these schools? Inspiration should come from a need to help the students, not taking away staff contract, benefits, and giving everything away to low performing charter schools.


  9. Like Working Under Communism

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nothing was good about the job. They make you feel like you are really important to them when you get interviewed and all, but you are not.

    Cons

    Hostile environment, principals harass the teachers (ie: writing the whole staff up about something stupid before Christmas break every year just to show they are in charge), teachers are not supported, teachers go into debt because they have to pay for everything, and teachers end up hating their jobs. It is like working under communism.

    Advice to Management

    Get all new managment


  10. Draining.

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is some job security.

    Cons

    Lack or resources, limited staff, very time consuming outside of the workday, extremely stressful.


  11. Unfortunate

    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    Working with kids in need

    Cons

    Promise Academies, corrupt principals and district administrators, culture of blaming teachers and "passing on" kids, relentless commitment to falsifying PSSA test scores and making teachers scapegoats rather than reporting realistically and being responsible for results....

    Advice to Management

    Hire teachers that care, then give them the autonomy needed to make decisions best for kids; support teachers with a vision and help them execute this in the best interests of children rather than putting them down constantly. Get rid of Edward Penn - he is the leader responsible for this review.



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