Uplift Education

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Uplift Education Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
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  1.  

    Great Nonprofit to work for

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Uplift Education full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -central management office gets great vacation benefits- paid week at Thanksgiving, two at Christmas, Spring break, etc.
    -growth oriented company always gathering employee feedback and trying to improve
    -truly mission aligned and working to improve education for those that need it most in DFW
    -hardworking, intelligent co-workers

    Cons

    -rapid network growth is exciting but leads to challenges with having appropriate tools/systems to support an ever-increasing network of scholars, staff, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Uplift Education turned me into a proficient/exemplary teacher within 2 years.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at Uplift Education full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    leadership development
    opportunities to advance
    structures for feedback

    Cons

    inconsistencies across schools
    network is growing too rapidly, not sustainable if the goal is to have 100% proficient and exemplary schools

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    teachers should be compensated comparatively to surrounding ISDs
    senior management puts way too much on the directors and deans, it shows in their work performance and how they manage their own teams of teachers and staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    ok place to work for a check

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Uplift Education full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    not many that i can name

    Cons

    work life balance was horrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employees are important not machines

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Beware

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Uplift Education

    Pros

    Uplift provides a better environment that what some of the scholars in it's network would receive elsewhere.

    Cons

    Uplift provides no support for gifted students, and Special Education students are left to whatever strategies the classroom teacher can implement. Teachers not trained to be Special Education teachers are hired to work with these scholars. It's so sad to see my SPED kids continue to fall behind because they aren't getting every opportunity for help they deserve. This company is HUGE on favoritism. If you are compliant and a TFA core member then you will do well here. Teachers who question less than best practices are shunned. Administration provides no differentiated Professional Development. It is all based on what TFA teachers need because they aren't trained to be teachers. If you have a degree in Education, or truly care about kids and not just your own advancement then I suggest you run away from Uplift quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that teachers with formal teaching preparation and education can have so much to bring to your schools. Stop showing favoritism to TFA teachers. Don't lie to parents about the services scholars are receiving.

  6.  

    Great place to have an impact on urban education.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Uplift Education full-time

    Pros

    Uplift is constantly taking teacher feedback and finding ways to implement it into their schools. There are weekly opportunities for professional development and observation/feedback meetings in order to facilitate individual professional growth.

    Cons

    There any many expectations outside of the responsibilities as a teacher, which takes away time from students and from your personal life.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Great teachers, controlling management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mathematics Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Mathematics Teacher in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Uplift Education full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The students are curious and eager to learn.
    The teachers are great and helpful. Great team atmosphere.

    Cons

    Management was controlling- they control teachers and tell them how to discipline students.
    Time offs were hard.
    Only the management pets seem to get promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair and reward people on their skill set not on how much they suck up to you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Run don't walk away

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Uplift Education full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    school breaks, unless you have a laptop. If you are looking for a place that leaves themselves open for a lawsuit, because of retaliation and discrimination. This is the place, NO POLICIES!!

    Cons

    Not concerned about employees or students. If they were concerned, why would you charge students to go to a free charter school system. If you are not poplar or friends with the CEO or any other top director. You are fire, just because you challenge the system. Forget about policies to protect the employees, there are no policies that anyone in management follows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop and listen. Put your papers down, and dig into each department, especially the people handling your funding. I guarantee that you don't know how much money is truly available. If I was a parent, I would have the board of directors and the school in the newspapers. Where is the money????

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The pay is great, but it's about arbitrary goals and not the scholars.

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    Former Employee - Road to College Counselor in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Road to College Counselor in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Uplift Education full-time

    Pros

    The pay is great for certain positions. They have a wellness day for all employees once a month which is a half day of work and then time to do whatever you need to do off campus for the rest of the day. On campus staff are extremely hard working and supportive of each other and the scholars.

    Cons

    Uplift sets arbitrary goals for employees to meet that aren't about the scholars, but to allow them to get more private funding. For example, the networks' Road to College Program at the High School level likes to say 100% of their students were accepted to a 4-year College/University, but they have agreements with schools that accept all Uplift students just by virtue of being an Uplift student, not based on merit. This is important because if the network is as "successful" as it claims to be, such admittance agreements wouldn't be needed because the students would be accepted on their own merit (educationally, socially, civics, etc.). I could go on and on, but my last point will be that parents have more influence than they should because campuses need the bodies to get the state funding. Families that do not follow the rules are allowed to keep their students there without penalty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes men are not the answer to a strong staff. Education should be about all of the scholars, not just the best and brightest. As a public school, it should be understood that all students will not function on the same academic level, thus placing SpEd. and other students in AP level courses is not doing those students a service, it just gives you bragging rights. When people start looking at the college persistence rate and recognize that Uplift is not doing any better than the comprehensive schools, funders will start looking more closely at the claims and numbers Uplift likes to brag about. Lastly, top heavy management from big name schools is not indicative of strong leadership or innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible experience/Run far away from this organization

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Uplift Education full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Winter break and Summer vacation

    Cons

    Most of the adminstration throughout the district only have two years of teaching experience then is promoted to Vice principal their 3rd year in education and then to Principal their 4th year in education. Some principals are as young as 25 years old.They know little to nothing about education or children but they know the right people so they continue to move up in the company. Its cronyism at its best. Everyone in leadership are friends so don't think about discussing issues with your administration because they are all long time friends and will not respect confidentiality or solve issues with everyone's best interest in mind.

    There is a constant swinging door. Most people don't stay in this organization for more than 6 months-2 years. Many first year teachers quit their first year well before Christmas. There's little to no support for teachers. Admistration and corporate promises employees 100k if they stay with the company 10 years but the system that's in place is impossible to uptain that type of salary. The teacher workload is ridiculous. There is no such thing as life work balance working for this company. You will spend most of your time recreating lesson plans from scratch because theirs no curriculum or resources. The company is moving so fast students needs are not the priority. Special aide students are not getting the help they need. I can continue forever. All I can say to wrap this up is... run. This place is horrible. You would do better going to an ISD.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop growing so fast and look at the chaos and unhappiness within your current schools. Stop practicing cronyism and hire competent people to run the corporate office and schools. Put scholars first don't just say it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Not very caring of the individual employee.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Uplift Education full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Uplift offers many opportunities to grow and move within the organization as an employee if you want to grow in your career.

    Cons

    Uplift expects too much from any one employee and continually adds to the work load of each without offering any additional help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to observe more closely how each school interacts with each other in terms of working together as a collaborative group as opposed to being a bunch of close knit segregated cliques.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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