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Dallas Independent School District Reviews

Updated August 22, 2017
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Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa
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  • There is sometimes lack of communication (in 7 reviews)

  • Absolutely no support from administration, admin have very little compassion or empathy for students or teachers, micromanagement by admin (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Huge district with a lot of possibility"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Offers a lot of opportunity for development

    Cons

    I worked in a failing school for two years and although the team worked tirelessly to turn the school around, and we increased passing scores every year, the school was still reconstituted...

    Advice to Management

    Recognize when your school teams are working well together


  2. "Good work was being done"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, organization of HR is far beyond that of other large city public school districts

    Cons

    huge bureaucracy, too big to do meaningful work promised. Unfortunate because this district has so much potential. I worked in HR and watched a lot of turn over and politics water down the great work and brilliant minds of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to be less concerned with politics and more concerned with outcomes. Stop hiring based on accolades, find a better way to assess actual core competencies

  3. Helpful (2)

    "School district policy"

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    Former Employee - Safety Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Safety Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good job if you really love the kids

    Cons

    Management isn't on your side

    Advice to Management

    Get to know you better


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher/coach"

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    Former Employee - Coach/Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Coach/Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of great kids around to enjoy the profession.

    Cons

    Job security not what it used to be. DO NOT get certification in PE, ANATOMY OR HEALTH if you want to coach. Get a Composite Social Studies or Composite Science. This will allow you to teach a variety of subjects in that field.

    Advice to Management

    Administrators respect of coaches.


  5. "Super place to become a super teacher"

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow
    DTR works if you do
    Build your people skills
    Learn to do it all

    Cons

    If you are a teacher, it may always be your fault
    You need to learn who the boss is quick
    It's for the children...(easy way for the boss to overcome any of your attempts at self-preservation and use of the word "no)
    Superintendent/Principal turnover/turmoil in 3-5 years

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the grassroots
    Do not ignore or hide the truth (it always comes out)
    All problems can be overcome, if we are honest
    Build up teacher and staff competencies
    Stop inventing levels of middle management waste
    Provide a path for advancement/salary increases for all levels
    Break up the district into smaller pieces. If you don't the State will eventually


  6. "Substitute Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District part-time

    Pros

    An excellent place to work!

    Cons

    A great disparity between schools located on the South versus school located on the North sides of the city of Dallas.

    Advice to Management

    Equal opportunity to amenities always boosts a child's self-esteem.


  7. "Teacher Aide"

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    Former Employee - Teacher's Aide in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher's Aide in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work and learn with students and staff.

    Cons

    Difficult to grow within the school district without a Bachelors degree.

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities for advancement, especially for the teacher aides.

  8. "A lot to be done"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time

    Pros

    Important work that feels meaningful every day

    Cons

    Average pay with harder work than nearby districts


  9. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time

    Pros

    Love all my co workers.

    Cons

    Very unorganized. High administration turn over for such a great school.


  10. "Food Service Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time

    Pros

    It is a good starting off position, pay is descent but it could be a little more, the best part of the day is the kids, it's a laid back job. But if you looking for something to retire from, not sure if this would be it.

    Cons

    No pay when students are out of school, and little room for growth.


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