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Updated February 18, 2018
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DC Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson
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Pros
  • Good pay decent benefits always have days off (in 14 reviews)

  • Professional development opportunities were unparalleled (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Direct school employees are expected to perform at high standards while other central office administrative staff are much more lax (in 17 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is he'd to achieve (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "custodian"

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    Former Employee - Custodian in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Custodian in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional Bathroom Cleaner Strip Mop Wax shampoo Carpet .

    Cons

    classrooms computers vac-cumming floors remove graffiti close the building

    Advice to Management

    I have Supervisor Mentality


  2. "Hit or miss depending on team"

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    Former Employee - Data Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Data Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great salaries, decent benefits, good people, diverse staff. My team was the most talented, fun, and cohesive that I've ever worked on.

    Cons

    Work can feel disconnected from schools depending on the team you're on. A lot of organizational change (reorganizing of offices).

  3. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful pay
    Opportunities to directly work with schools

    Cons

    Office politics
    Lack of trust among teams

    Advice to Management

    Radical candor with central office employees


  4. "Hit or Miss"

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    Former Employee - High School Spanish Teacher
    Former Employee - High School Spanish Teacher

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great pay, great PTO, met some very passionate teachers and staff who were/are committed to the work that they do. the students, once we understood each other, were also amazing.

    Cons

    school to school it varies a lot. If you don't have good leadership, like anywhere, it can be a mess. Downtown seems to push certain agendas that aren't always culturally sensitive or relative to all schools. When I left it seemed like they were trying to uniform the schools, which seemed like a good idea in theory - but was an issue in reality when not all schools were given the funds or supplies necessary.

    Not a lot of support or resources for non-tested subjects


  5. "Working at Early Stages"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Work schedule is flexible, bullpens are highly animated and supportive, family-like environment, weekly/monthly events.

    Cons

    It is hard to move up with your careers, management position are usually given on a who is friends with who basis rather than experience/education, management is usually hands-off and will let staff figure out problems by themselves, team-building is not a strength here

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff concerns and address them accordingly


  6. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Seeing the children grown academically before your eyes is the most fulfilling experience.

    Cons

    You work with horrible principals that are petty, pick favorites, and are not fired even after 4 years of horrible scores and questionable decisions (like having wine delivered to the school).

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your staff members (specifically teachers), be more critical with principals with low leadership skills (especially those who took over a successful school and dropped test scores by over 50%), and have PD up to 6 months in advance before the rollout of curriculum (there is not enough training for teachers to execute successfully).


  7. "Music Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great student diversity and opportunities to work collaboratively

    Cons

    Very large class sizes; at times difficult to manage

  8. "Positive environment"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Oyster Adams dcps school works on having a positive learning culture within the school. The administration trusts teachers and praise them for their work.

    Cons

    Long hours that may take away time from hobbies and extracurriculars.


  9. "Teaching at DCPS"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The students in DCPS make it a worthwhile place to work, though this would probably be true everywhere. Teachers are well payed and there is a union.

    Cons

    The ratings/evaluation system in DC PS is insane. In management's zeal to be objective they have included students' test scores and student surveys as part of teachers' evaluations. If your evaluation is mediocre, you do not receive less money than your colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Stop linking student test scores and student surveys to teacher evaluation s. In fact, reduce the number of standardized tests for the students. Their worth is also measured by these tests.


  10. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some excellent people who really care about the children.

    Cons

    Kids are out of control. I'm not sure if children are excelling academically, learning how to think critically or even how to be inquisitive. Additionally, some of my experiences make me question whether adults have the best interest of children in mind. Not everyone is on the same page and giving children the best educational tools they can.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a whole lot more structure and standards in schools. Cut out the bureaucracy and the numbers games. If discipline doesn't come from home, it needs to be in the schools. Stop passing kids and stop allowing them to do whatever they want in the classroom. Even if they can't articulate it, children want structure and to know where the lines are.


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