Springfield Public Schools - MA

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Updated July 19, 2015
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  1. ELA/Math Tutor

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    Current Employee - Massachusetts in Springfield, MA
    Current Employee - Massachusetts in Springfield, MA

    I have been working at Springfield Public Schools - MA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Springfield Public School System is undergoing a profound change in how to raise outcomes at every grade level in the District. The Springfield Empowerment Zone Program will enable individual schools to individually respond to the needs of their school population.

    Cons

    This program is in it's infancy - the results for the 2015-16 school year will be the first evidence of the effectiveness of the program and will direct future endeavors within the system

    Advice to Management

    I believe that the Library Programs in every school should be enhanced to enable students to achieve their maximum potential.


  2. psychologist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MA

    I have been working at Springfield Public Schools - MA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good salary compared to surrounding areas.

    Cons

    heavy workload, mostly evaluations and no downtime.


  3. Nothing to say

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    Current Employee - Business Office in Springfield, IL
    Current Employee - Business Office in Springfield, IL

    I have been working at Springfield Public Schools - MA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good hours. Not much overtime.

    Cons

    Politics & cliques run rampant

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


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  5. 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

    I have been working at Springfield Public Schools - MA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Great for first year teacher

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

    I have been working at Springfield Public Schools - MA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  7. 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

    I have been working at Springfield Public Schools - MA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Plenty of ongoing training and professional development.

    Cons

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



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