Citizen Schools - Amazing program, given the right school conditions, and turnover was a challenge. | Glassdoor
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"Amazing program, given the right school conditions, and turnover was a challenge."

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Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA
Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Citizen Schools full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Great program model. Working with volunteers in the hands on aspects were really engaging for the students, they got to apply things to the real world context. The teaching staff worked together as a team and were tight and supported each other. The leadership was really bought in on the mission. The administrative structure make sense as does the data measurement.

Cons

Staff retention and satisfaction were a challenge. The part time teaching role was not paid enough to make the job attractive so it turned over. Sometimes there was too much on the plate of teaching fellows, and not enough support and good curriculum. The headquarters was sometimes insulated from the reality on the ground.

Advice to Management

Figure out the balance of apprenticeship career based classes and academics, it seems Citizen Schools is not a test prep organization but may be pushed that way. Figure out something to replace part time teaching role, that is manageable and that has livable salary.

Other Employee Reviews for Citizen Schools

  1. "Excellent culture, mission, and program"

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    Former Employee - Manager, HQ in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Manager, HQ in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Citizen Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - At any level, you have the ability to share ideas with senior leaders and execute on your ideas
    - Work/life balance at the HQ is quite good. You may need to manage expectations initially, but if you show you can deliver excellent work, you can leave between 5-6pm every day.
    -Growing organization gaining wider profile in education sector, exciting place to work

    Cons

    - In a management role, make sure you get to campus frequently to see the students, otherwise you may feel disconnected at times.
    - Like any growing organization, Citizen Schools is still trying to find its true brand and going through some minor growing pains

    Advice to Management

    - Keep focused on the mission. Funding is important, but don't make decisions because of funding. Make decisions because of the mission, execute well, and the funding will come.


  2. "Great experience in Urban Education!"

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

    I worked at Citizen Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    Awesome collaboration with school teachers and tech companies

    Cons

    Clear systems of support
    More opportunities for Teach Fellows to teach and receive feedback

    Advice to Management

    Hire and retain highly experienced individuals who have taught previously and have a passion for education.

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