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Dallas Independent School District Dallas Reviews

Updated March 19, 2017
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  • Lack of communication of District's teacher evaluation system (in 7 reviews)

  • Absolutely no support from administration, admin have very little compassion or empathy for students or teachers, micromanagement by admin (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent place for transition from industry."

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful retirement plan and summer and winter break to re-energize.

    Cons

    Loss of student population will definitely affect employment outlook.


  2. "My title as teacher is good."

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    Current Employee - Teacher/Administrator in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher/Administrator in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dallas ISD is committed to excellence.

    Cons

    Behavior is sometimes a challenging endeavor.

    Advice to Management

    Review discipline plan for schools


  3. "YAY! Pay for Performance!"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The new pay system Dallas uses for it's teachers is great; especially if you are doing your job.

    Cons

    The new pay system requires you to document everything and really requires you to perform to a high degree at almost all times.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be some reworking of departments and management that will start with a strong superintendent that would need to stay with the district for 5 or more years.


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  5. "Pretty Good"

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    Current Employee - LSSP in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - LSSP in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities
    Summers off
    Spring break

    Cons

    Not the best performing school district
    Lots of poverty among students


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Classroom teacher"

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    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    no pros to write about

    Cons

    micro managed, little support, dysfunctional district


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Teaching will be the least of your worries...."

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    Current Employee - Elementary Bilingual School Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Elementary Bilingual School Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, great vacations and unique experience with students from different backgrounds.

    Cons

    Too much stress on the student's, curriculum does not make sense. Administration and Executive Directors are on you all the time. No space to growth, and so much supervision makes you feel like a student, not a professional educator.


  8. "Instructional Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Instructional Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Instructional Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The semi-flexible work schedule. The ample vacation time. The work-life balance.

    Cons

    The upper management in the Department of Teaching and Learning does not properly manage budget or employee skills. People are interviewed and hired for one job, then you end up doing another that you are not prepared to do. If you demonstrate that you know what you are talking about, the upper management becomes intimidated, and may bully you or transfer you to another department. There is also little opportunity for career advancement, because nepotism is common place.

    Advice to Management

    Value who works for you, and know what their skills are.


  9. "Decent Base Pay, In a District Trying to Improve"

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    Current Employee - Teaching in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Teaching in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Vacation time off, Base Pay, Opportunity for changing lives

    Cons

    Need some TEI tweaks, I'm all for paying teachers that are doing their job but the TEI system can use some fine tuning in various aspects


  10. "Important work, flaky bosses"

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    Current Employee - Principal Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Public education in a large urban environment is very important and necessary work. There is a lot of job satisfaction in helping kids get out of a bad life and into a better one-- those who want to, of course.

    Cons

    The Board of Trustees is a dysfunctional mess. At the higher levels, politics is rampant and turnover is very high. Which means every few years, everything you've been building is likely to be dismantled and replaced with something new... which will also be replaced right about the time when it was beginning to bear fruit.

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. "Teacher in Dallas ISD"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with wonderful students who appreciate you.

    Cons

    The principals are horrible!!! If they do not like you, they will do anything they can go sabotage you and your observations. The high school I work at now is one of the largest in the district and our principal told us she think the school demographics should match the teacher demographics and it's not. So we need less African Americans and more Hispanic teachers. So after that comment, I will not return to this school.

    Advice to Management

    Do background checks on principals and assistant principals and stop letting the principals hire their friends



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