I have been working at Aspire Public Schools full-time (More than a year)
Terrific learning environment for single, or young, teachers who have not yet had children of his/her own. Very data driven which serves to really focus on students' needs. If you are lucky enough to be on a good team for your grade level span, you will truly learn what collaboration and teamwork means. Ideal environment for first year teachers who are willing to learn and give 150% every day! Work load has improved with the incorporation of computers in each classroom. The organization's motto and values put students first. Plenty of opportunities for growth and leadership if you can handle the additional duties and responsibilities and can take feedback well.
Work-life balance has been and continues to be an issue for most teachers. The higher up the ranks you go, the less, or so it seems, work you put in. These are positions OUT of the classroom. If a principal favors you, your life will be much easier and certain responsibilities will be overlooked. However, if you are on the other end, be prepared to be given negative feedback veiled in "concern" of your data and teacher evaluations. A bad principal can make every day a bad one, but that may be true at any school. Don't expect HR to be on your side either. If you are on a competitive team of teachers, they may NOT truly be collaborative and share since money was previously tied into performance. Teachers have consistently asked for more pay (it is supposed to be addressed/fixed this year). Health benefits are good. Awesome team leaders can make life so much easier, but bad leaders make you look incompetent while he/she shines.
Advice to Management
Keep asking for feedback from your teachers and continue with the open door policy so teachers can alert you directly of any principal/administration concerns without retaliation. Everyone at home office seems like they truly care about the mission of Aspire and all the sacrifices that teachers have made, but there is still a disconnect between home office and how the L.A. principals are running the schools. High turnover in L.A. Might be time to analyze why our teachers are leaving.
I have been working at Aspire Public Schools part-time (Less than a year)
*Awesome collaborations with your group
*They give you time to prep/plan every day during the day. So while you prep/plan, the students are at specials.
*Students get different types of specials--art, science, music, and PE to name a few.
*Emphasizes on classroom community and the students do so well!
*Lots of job opportunities all year long.
*Lack of support from upper management from an aggravated parent to other staff members
*Surveys are not complete accurate representations of the staff. They also promise confidentiality, but reveal the names with the comments and sometimes it creates an unpleasant aftermath between staff.
I have been working at Aspire Public Schools (Less than a year)
working in the field of education offers great experience to a non-licensed guest teacher
Not reliable if using as a supplement to primary income....teacher pool may not present consistent work
Advice to Management
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I have been working at Aspire Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)
Lots of support, big charter school network so little concern of charter being removed
Long hours, many PD meetings, short summers, misguided salary schedule system
Our work really does matter, we are making a difference here.
no work life balance. like everywhere in California, teachers are underpaid
Advice to Management
Since the Founder left we are not the same.
The students, the results, and the intrinsic rewards. Some flexibility in some jobs about dress codes, time off, etc. Teachers get less flexibility.
Compensation, long days, not as much autonomy as expected. Everything (feedback, PD days, the few compensation dollars) are given to teachers; Corporate staff left out of most of those things.
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