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Janice Jackson
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "substitute teacher"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    excellent enviroment. everybody at the schools will treat you right and will give you your place as an educator and will provide the tools to conduct your class properly. the kids are well behaved at the most schools and the main teachers always left lesson planss for you to follow. you have 45 min lunch and 1 hour of "prep" but since you dont need to prepare anything you can spend the time doing anything else, so you...

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    Cons

    day by day teachers don't have any benefits. if you are new you will find the hard way whichs school's are good and the groups on those schools that are the best to work with

    Advice to Management

    the pay is decent but one or two extra dollars would make the position more attractive. also detect the good subs or the subs who works the most days and give them some benefits like pay days off, just to keep them motivated.

  2. "Great experience"

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      Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Chicago, IL

      I worked at Chicago Public Schools part-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Day to day unlimited experiences

      Cons

      Every school is different, be ready for drastic differences between schools

    • "Great Kids"

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      Current Employee - Teacher 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Some of the best students I have ever taught and a great building administration team.

      Cons

      None beyond the typical teacher heartaches.

    • "Overwhelming yet Satisfying"

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        Current Employee - Special Education Classroom Assistant in Chicago, IL
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 6 years

        Pros

        You get to play a major part in the intellectual and creative development of many young minds. It is always a joy and pleasure to see the light bulbs pop on in so many eyes. So many times I have been pleasantly surprised and in awe of just how much our children know and can impart. And it's great when you have the opportunity to work with members of a team that strive to be on the same page on all points.

        Cons

        Many classrooms are overcrowded, schools understaffed. SECAs are often relegated to plug-and-play tasks in these cases. Our hands are tied (all staff, not just SECA's) in dealing with the most unruly students and we can't always impart the consequences necessary to bring such students in line.

        Advice to Management

        Often the staff feels dmnd if you do and dmnd if you don't, where their efforts are concerned. Staff is always advised as to what they are NOT doing, and what else they SHOULD be doing. Rarely are they recognized for successful efforts and results. Please understand that staff needs to know, more than once or twice a year, what they are doing RIGHT. Just as we are coached to discuss the good points to a student before...

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      • "great connection with the kids"

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        Current Employee - Special Executive Director Classroom Assistant II in Chicago, IL
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 6 years

        Pros

        connection with youth is the best thing about the job

        Cons

        salary not enough for the work you are asked to do

        Advice to Management

        need alot of patience

      • "Interviews"

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        Former Employee - Assistant Principal in Chicago, IL
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 20 years

        Pros

        Professional development Networking Professional learning community Benefits Salary

        Cons

        Follow up is almost non-existent unless you are CONNECTED. Easier to schedule interview for substitute position. This gets you in the system so that you can make connections.

        Advice to Management

        Hire a few more people to the substitute teacher department so that it doesn’t take 4-6 weeks to receive an offer....most candidates are available for immediate hire

      • "Good Job, bad central office"

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        Current Employee - Community Relations 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 6 years

        Pros

        Principal cares about every living soul in the building. The kids can really brighten your day. Vacation days when it really matters, although not paid.

        Cons

        Constant complaining teachers, out of touch employees. Some people view the students as prisoners and not as students.

      • "Difficult Bureaucracy"

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        Former Employee - High School English Teacher in Chicago, IL
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        The kids are amazing (at least at my school) and work is fulfilling. You are surrounded by intelligent and passionate people.

        Cons

        Non-stop bureaucracy nightmares from CPS and the CTU inhibit productivity and make for a really unstable working environment.

      • "Educator/Education Advocate"

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        Current Employee - Bilingual Social Studies Teacher in Chicago, IL
        Recommends
        Negative Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 4 years

        Pros

        CPS has striven to improve students learning district-wide.

        Cons

        Low morale, bullying, too much pressure to meet unrealistic goals, high accountability and low support within different schools. There's no consensus between all of the schools. There are some great schools working hard to serve the needs of the students/teachers; while others lack the resources or wherewithal to do better for the school.

      • "Great experience"

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        Former Employee - Aide 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Chicago Public Schools part-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        Excellent academics. Extremely diverse. Admin / parent collaboration. Great atmosphere. Exceptional home/work balance.

        Cons

        In my opinion, there were no cons.

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