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Updated February 17, 2018
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Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa
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  • There is sometimes lack of communication (in 7 reviews)

  • No support from administration, principal on up (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Football coach"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Football Coach in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Football Coach in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    great with people ,very Knowledgeable,about the game hard worker .

    Cons

    I sometimes am A workaholic .

    Advice to Management

    non


  2. Helpful (1)

    "High School science teacher (9-11)."

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    Former Employee - Science and Engineering Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Science and Engineering Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Seeing some of the students grow in the right direction, while learning from you, can be very satisfying. Also, you get most of the students' vacation days as well... So summers can be pretty fun.

    Cons

    The whole system is guided by metrics rather than learning. There is too much training on new techniques and policies, while they're hardly applied in the classroom. It's easier to have good ideas than implementing them in an environment where some students just don't want to be in.

    Advice to Management

    I don't know what to say other than this: Stop thinking that because you were a great middle school English teacher, your techniques work in a high school physics course. This goes for all courses/classes, because every subject and grade level demands a different way of learning.

  3. "Instructional Coach"

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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

    Ability to work with teachers

    Cons

    Poor management structure and development processes

    Advice to Management

    Create a review process specifically for CICs.


  4. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Make decent money, professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Little support at some schools


  5. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Enjoyed working in an environment where everyone was working towards and unified around one goal
    -Really hard working teachers and staff (although I know this may be different on other DISD campuses)
    -Sweet students who are eager to learn

    Cons

    -Performance- based pay causes extra stress
    -The majority of the DISD funds goes to people who work at the district level who get paid six-figures to do nothing. Major corruption that does not put the students first.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of having hundreds of people who work in the district offices, you need to put more teachers, aides, and resources on the campuses. "Trickle-down" education is failing the kids.


  6. "Accountant II"

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    Current Employee - Accountant II in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Accountant II in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees get a lot of time off

    Cons

    Getting paid once a month

    Advice to Management

    Give more people opportunities, rather than using the buddy system for all hiring practices.


  7. "DISD"

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

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time

    Pros

    The work you do for helping the children succeed.

    Cons

    They seem to shoot themselves in the foot too often and end up in trouble and in the news too often over unfavorable and what seems preventable problems. Most work place politics ever encountered. To get any where its truly who you know in the organization and the higher up the better, especially you know a board member well.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at the top end not the lower end as done in the past. Vet your new investments much closer when replacing the top end of management.

  8. "District is making great improvements."

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

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Starting salary is great compared to other states.

    Cons

    Should be bigger raises after evaluations!


  9. "The district is going in the wrong direction."

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

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

    Pros

    Within your classroom, each day is what you make of it. If you are lucky enough to work at a “high achieving school”, you’ll make good money.

    Cons

    First of all, leveling is when your school has low enrollment and they take one of the teachers in the low enrollment school and move them to a school that is short staffed, even if that means a 30-45 minute drive across town. It’s scary and nerve wracking to think you might be the one to have to start over at a new school. TEI (the pay-for-performance rubric) is rigged. Research shows PFP doesn’t work. There is too much focus on testing, again with TEI being in place it’s all anybody cares about. If you have studied teaching through an M.Ed. or stay up to date with workshops, you’ll see they are doing exactly the wrong things to grow students in a developmentally appropriate way.

    Advice to Management

    Levelling is disrespectful and shows you view teachers as numbers or interchangeable. Staty calling apartment complexes to see for enrolpment changes or beef up your demographics department to stop uprooting teachers lives. That’s your job. You are going to keep losing teachers and students if you keep TEI and testing everyone to death.


  10. "DISD Enployee"

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    Current Employee - Custodial in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Custodial in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Pros to working for DISD is the salary,room to advance & the salary.

    Cons

    Communication & response time to employee concerns.


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