Mission: Citizen Schools is dedicated to helping all children discover and achieve their dreams.
I worked at Citizen Schools full-time (More than a year)
- Colleagues who share your passion of wanting to make a difference in the lives of students
- A supportive environment with plenty of team-building exercises, feedback, etc.
- A chance to work with students and parents directly
- Opportunity to use your expertise in any area and share that with students
- Rigorous training in classroom best practices and curriculum design
- Highly disorganized environment at times
- Very little support in terms of getting access to resources, allowing for a smooth transition, etc.
- Lack of communication between executive leadership and teaching fellows
- Incredibly low pay (especially in Bay Area) for challenging, exhausting work (albeit rewarding!)
- Overall lack of transparency in broader goals of organization and its challenges/struggles
Advice to Management
Engage more with your Teaching Fellows! Find opportunities that will help them succeed, and make sure you are only hiring those that can excel in often tumultuous environments. I would advise a bit more flexibility in terms of the structure of the time in the classroom. At least in the second year of the fellowship, I think it would make sense to allow 2nd year TF's to create a less rigid schedule for their classroom, so that they can get the most out of working with their students. I would also highly recommend that management continues to reach out to prior TF's who are willing to speak to current TF's and provide them with insights, resources, tips, etc.
The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at Citizen Schools.
The process consisted of two phone interviews and then a final in-person interview. Before the in-person interview, they asked me to complete a project. The project was relevant to the job and useful in that sense, but it was a fair amount of work.
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