School in the Square Charter School FAQ

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5 English questions out of 5

February 4, 2021

How are senior leaders perceived at School in the Square Charter School?

Pros

A caring environment with thoughtful leadership

Cons

Very much a startup environment.

A caring environment with thoughtful leadership

February 4, 2021

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September 2, 2021

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at School in the Square Charter School?

Pros

-lots of supplies -freedom of curriculum design

Cons

-very much startup environment -unorganized admin -long hours/longer school year -no union

freedom of curriculum design

September 2, 2021

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June 14, 2020

What is the salary like at School in the Square Charter School?

Pros

Lots of money available, so no lack of resources. The school cares for their families at large (perception to the outside) so they bend over backwards for them. They pay employees well.

Cons

As a new school, there is no sense of community or real organization here. The administration is a mess, never communicates honestly, and doesn’t know how to effectively lead a staff. Most teachers are self-aggrandizing and just bad at their jobs (not certified/badly trained/bullies) and it’s a horrible environment where feedback is encouraged, but actually held against you. The hours are long, expectations for jobs totally unrealistic, and the “growth” potential is capped and very limited.

Advice to Management

Actually listen to staff and don’t just pretend to care. Don’t tell people who work for you that you “love” them and that you’re “a family” because that’s creepy. I have a family that loves me already, and my job should never say that, especially when it’s an obvious lie.

Lots of money available, so no lack of resources.

June 14, 2020

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June 14, 2020

Does School in the Square Charter School offer a daily bonus?

Pros

Lots of money available, so no lack of resources. The school cares for their families at large (perception to the outside) so they bend over backwards for them. They pay employees well.

Cons

As a new school, there is no sense of community or real organization here. The administration is a mess, never communicates honestly, and doesn’t know how to effectively lead a staff. Most teachers are self-aggrandizing and just bad at their jobs (not certified/badly trained/bullies) and it’s a horrible environment where feedback is encouraged, but actually held against you. The hours are long, expectations for jobs totally unrealistic, and the “growth” potential is capped and very limited.

Advice to Management

Actually listen to staff and don’t just pretend to care. Don’t tell people who work for you that you “love” them and that you’re “a family” because that’s creepy. I have a family that loves me already, and my job should never say that, especially when it’s an obvious lie.

Lots of money available, so no lack of resources.

June 14, 2020

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May 7, 2021

What are meetings like at School in the Square Charter School?

Pros

Autonomy to teach what you want. Most teachers are excellent at what they do and work extremely hard. They provide a lot support for students and their families.

Cons

Leadership is languid and uninspiring. Professional development is a hodgepodge of meetings and PDs that are dull and usually out-sourced to third parties that have no real clue into what's really going on in the classroom. Scheduling and role are frequently changing. Much of this schools "beliefs" and policies, like many charters, are performative. This school does a great job for the kids and the community, but at the expense of its teachers, who carry most of the weight (and usually the blame).

Advice to Management

Hire leadership that truly cares about its staff and is proactive in developing genuine professional and personal relationships. Eliminate the executive director from having influence or power to make educational decisions or be involved in the daily operations of the school. Develop protocols for teacher development and feedback that reassures employees that they're being recognized for the good work they're doing and therefore reassures them that they have job security. Lastly, foster a community and culture where teachers' thoughts and ideas are valued.

Professional development is a hodgepodge of meetings and PDs that are dull and usually out

May 7, 2021

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