West Contra Costa USD - Richmond

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Updated June 21, 2015
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  1. Employee

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    Former Employee - Director in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive of employees, lots of advancement available if you work hard.

    Cons

    Too many priorities, lack of focus.


  2. Substitute teacher - free but rootless

    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher

    I worked at West Contra Costa USD - Richmond part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility to use computer system to choose substitute teacher assignments of the length, subject, age group and location that you are interested in that day or week. Generally relatively hands-off oversight from administrators allows you to experiment with pedagogy.

    Cons

    Substitute teaching is bleak unless you can develop relationships with particular teachers and administrators at particular locations. WCCUSD is so huge and its so hard to routinely find work at the same school that this is difficult. Also teachers will just as often as not leave inadequate lesson plans and administrators have little interest in how you are doing in the classroom unless things get out of control, so there is little guidance. You are in many ways a babysitter of large groups of children whose behavior occasionally borders on unruly. Your pay, which is meager but not as bad as it could be, reflects this.

    Advice to Management

    Offer major financial incentives for people to sign up to work both half or full time as substitutes devoted to a certain school or schools where they can develop relationships with teachers, administrators and students and thereby be able to perform a better service for all, be more fulfilled themselves and get better compensated.


  3. Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Area Supervisor in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Area Supervisor in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I think they have good people there

    Cons

    Dangerous neighborhood. It's tough to travel there.

    Advice to Management

    I like the superintendent. He is good.


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  5. Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at West Contra Costa USD - Richmond full-time

    Pros

    There is a lot of autonomy for what you can teach and do in the classroom. There are also a lot of opportunities for leadership early on in your career

    Cons

    Administration is disorganized and incompetent. Extremely high turn-over rate of all staff. Low pay and a lot of work.


  6. Richmond College Preparatory Charter is a great place for kids.

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at West Contra Costa USD - Richmond full-time

    Pros

    See kids as individuals, not as statistics. Fosters emotional learning. Offer great after school programs and intervention support throughout the day. Kind to staff and students.

    Cons

    Not enough curriculum or support around pushing reading/writing growth. Too much time in the afternoon spent on English Language Development, rather than whole-class instruction.

    Advice to Management

    Less staff meetings during the day (more after school), 25 minutes of daily ELD instead of 45 minutes of daily ELD.


  7. Lots of problems in the district

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    Former Employee - Secondary Teacher in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Secondary Teacher in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at West Contra Costa USD - Richmond full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good sense of community, cares greatly for teachers, payroll is always on time. Many opportunities for professional development. Love the children.

    Cons

    Low pay, stressful school environments, issues with safety. Questionable usage of resources.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the teachers, pay them more and keep them in the district!


  8. Love this School District!!!

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

    Pros

    Very wonderful staff who help you along every step of the way.

    Cons

    The time card system is a work in progress.

    Advice to Management

    I think offering promotions and job opportunities to the public and from within (especially transfer promotions would be fantastic). Also, if they had a volunteer and training regiment to bring talented workers in would be fantastic.


  9. Mix of great and mediocre people

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at West Contra Costa USD - Richmond full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some administrators and fellow educators with their hearts in the right place. The administrators at the school are generally supportive of the teachers. When a student is causing unreasonable amounts of trouble for you, the administrators and guidance counselors are on your side first. Good effort is put into the athletic programs, and the administrators aim to make the workplace welcoming for all teachers.

    Cons

    There are many terrible teachers here. The expectations are difficult to maintain and there is not much unity among the teaching staff. Terrible pay scale and advancement. High turnover rate for all staff. There is little oversight and accountability - when accountability is implemented, it is ineffective. There is a high rate of drug and alcohol abuse by the students (as expected in a high poverty school). Also, even though effort is put into the athletic programs, it seems that athletics sometimes ends up taking precedence over academics.


  10. Filled with people tha range the whole gamut of competencies, skill sets, and professionalism - with tenure.

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at West Contra Costa USD - Richmond full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a great opportunity to work with the youth in Richmond, CA. There are some people who really have a positive outlook and are doing their best to support the community's children.

    Cons

    The pay scale increments quite slowly and remains low. Being a part of the union puts teachers in a bucket with the glimmer of hope and all the bad and the ugly. The fisc


  11. Great sense of community and serving the greater good.

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There was a great sense of community and staff worked well together. There were numerous opportunities to help others. There was an opportunity to be creative and connect with others.

    Cons

    The work environment was inconsistent, with competing priorities from many different factions. It was challenging to keep students motivated in the face of so many hardships and tragedies.

    Advice to Management

    Communication could be improved on many levels, so that newer employees have a better understanding of how to solve problems within the system. An organizational chart distributed during orientation would go a long way toward this.



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