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  • Work/life balance can be a struggle if you don't set limits (in 9 reviews)

  • There are the standard long hours associated with all teaching jobs (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great employer"

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    Current Employee - Educator in Modesto, CA
    Current Employee - Educator in Modesto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I like the freedom of being able to develop my own curriculum and working with a diverse student population.

    Cons

    I would like a teacher's union and a more diverse teacher demographic.

    Advice to Management

    It would be beneficial to have a more representative student population of the surrounding community.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Aspire- an amazing place, that's not for everyone..."

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    Former Employee - Education Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Education Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aspire Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and great benefits.
    Fantastic professional development opportunities for teachers.
    Collaborative and positive atmosphere - excellent teammates.
    High expectation for students and staff members - rigorous academic program
    Abundant access to instructional resources and technology.

    Cons

    The workload for teachers is tremendous and for many unsustainable - most teachers stay hours past school and work weekends. Thus, very high turnover rates.
    Evaluative structure for teachers and administrators needs improvement - the rubric and observation cycles feel very much like a dog and pony show.
    Very political - It's clear upper management/leadership plays favorites so many administrators are promoted who lack experience, merit, or instructional knowledge.
    Students are over-tested and too great an emphasis is placed on achieving higher test scores.
    Lack of resources exist for families/students with special needs, who need social-emotional or behavioral support. Systemic issues within the organization when it comes to supporting these students.

    Advice to Management

    Take some real actions (besides endless surveys and "Town Hall" meetings) to address the teacher workload and turnover rate. Reduce number of Aspire-wide assessments - the kids are over tested. Prioritize the needs of the whole child versus the test score.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Big Talk of Diversity"

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    Former Employee - HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATOR
    Former Employee - HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATOR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Aspire Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Aspire Public Schools opens small schools which tend to foster a family feel on campuses. The students and families are amazing and appreciate all the hard work of the staff.

    Cons

    The leadership talks about diversity and empowering people of color but in practice, treat their workers of color poorly. It is obvious at networking and leadership events that there are aspects of cultural capital which are appreciated and other capital which is not. If you're willing to sell out into the dominant culture, you'll have many doors open to you.

    Advice to Management

    Take some time to truly reflect on your practices. It is quite obvious to staff and families that only the opinions of a few individuals are considered when making decisions. Take the time to consult with families and treat them as equals not as charity cases.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Pros/cons"

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    Current Employee - After School Educator in Albany, CA
    Current Employee - After School Educator in Albany, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people you work with are friendly and welcoming. Also, the staff is very dedicated towards helping students achieve success.

    Cons

    The kids are very disrespectful and there is not enough support from supervisors to handle difficult behavioral situations. More training needs to be provided.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Employee review pros and cons"

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    Current Employee - Educator in Stockton, CA
    Current Employee - Educator in Stockton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good experience, ability to develope ones own lesson plans. Somewhat good health plans.

    Cons

    Very little material support, high expectations with very little compensation compared to union school districts. At will employment (yellow dog contracts), no job security. Very little support for SPED students. Pay for teachers has gone down considerably since schools first opened, along with a decrease in skilled teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Raise pay to maintain good staff, increase resources for teachers, and especially SPED students. Segregate SPED students from general pop students during normal academic class time. Require more staff to have proper credentials!


  6. Helpful (3)

    "disappointing"

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    Former Contractor - Education Specialist in Stockton, CA
    Former Contractor - Education Specialist in Stockton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Aspire Public Schools as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    the educational practices in regular education
    the other staff members who are devoted to students and doing quality work
    resources available

    Cons

    teaching to the test instead by the individual's needs
    no loyalty to teachers
    corporate attitude

    Advice to Management

    It was a good experience to see good teaching practices being taught, but the respect of teachers who do know how to teach and need to tweak their procedures to comply to your verb-age was not there. If you give no loyalty, you won't receive any in return.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "misleading"

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    Current Employee - Education Specialist in Stockton, CA
    Current Employee - Education Specialist in Stockton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They are interested in determining best practice in general education, general education very defined for those who work for Aspire, great benefits, kids are motivatied to learn, access to adequate materials, teacher training, grade level support for general education

    Cons

    You are part of a system not an individual with strengths and weaknesses to be developed, low tolerance for failure to comply to the way Aspire wants things run. Main focus is high scores on state testing above individual students needs, lack of training and understanding of students with disabilities on the part of the system, not family friendly

    Advice to Management

    consider looking at developing a balance approach to education that includes history science which will be subject areas for the students to apply and master what they have learned in reading, language arts, math. It will show they have generalized what they have learned to all areas of academia, not just a bubble on a worksheet at 80%. Consider that most of your staffs are made up of women who have many responsiblities in their lives besides work and be a team member with them so they can be successful in life. Understand that people are individuals with life experiences, gifts, and talents that when recognized and developed it is a win win for everyone.