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Updated January 25, 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. "Instructional Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Teacher/Coach"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head Coach/Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Head Coach/Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good Pay, proximity to good area, athletes care about future

    Cons

    Crowded Classrooms, high percentage of students don't speak English, no language assistance in classroom, little to no technology for staff use, data driven instead of student driven.

    Advice to Management

    Find out what teachers need


  3. "Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Kids make everything worth it, you know you are making a difference

    Cons

    Absolutely no support from administration, admin have very little compassion or empathy for students or teachers, micromanagement by admin

    Advice to Management

    We need transformational change that is based in the wellbeing of students.


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  5. "Assistant Principal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Assistant Principal in Dallas, TX
    Current Contractor - Assistant Principal in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are a lots of employment opportunities in Dallas ISD. You have the ability to move up if you work hard. The district has many initiatives to enhance the learning experiences of the students. Their has been a system set in place to compensate educators for their hard work.

    Cons

    With all of the initiatives and changes being set in place it is hard to know what route you should be taking at times. Although there is an attempt to compensate employees for there work, it seems almost impossible to complete all that is asked to receive those raises.

    Advice to Management

    Let the employees become proficient in one area before implementing something else. There needs to be some adjustments to the TEI process so that is doesn't seem impossible for an employee to accomplish DTR status.


  6. "School Monitor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Texas in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Texas in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    You get to work with children and help them become better students.

    Cons

    The administration is very unfair. Because the district is so large I felt like no one cared when I had problems. No one would listen, it was not personable.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people better. Create a feeling of caring.


  7. "Office Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company to Work For

    Cons

    Every school has different culture.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for the opportunity.


  8. "Bilingual Teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great training. Alternative certification is wonderful for people that did not graduate as teachers.

    Cons

    Dallas Human resources allows discrimination in many schools.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all the complains made to stop the abuse of many principals.


  9. "Pretty Solid Experience So-Far"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    TEI is great! The ability to earn a higher salary at a faster rate is a great recruiting tool the district utilizes to acquire talent.
    Vacations (But truly earned)

    Cons

    Poor Healthcare Benefits, lack of funding for basic office supplies. Burn out is a high possibility, make a push towards central office or administration positions


  10. "HR Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement in some areas.

    Cons

    Unstable leadership, heavy politics, some leaders have a vidictive side and will block employees from moving up or to other departments.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Art Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Summers off.
    Ongoing training.
    12 moths of pay.
    Laptop to work at home with.
    Students can be nice.

    Cons

    Evaluation system ti skewed to penalize employees rather than to help them. Little opportunity to be promoted or move with in the company. There are schools that are have and have nots, Money is not allocated fairly across the schools. Students and parents will cuss you out in certain schools. There are many things to do and overflow in to your nights and weekends without pay for the extra work.

    Advice to Management

    Improve evaluation system. Reduce bureaucracy and layers of unneeded management. Fund classrooms and learning as the top issue and fix decaying schools. You are here for the students not to enrich yourself.
    Offer comptime to offset all the extra time teachers work.



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