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"Just what you'd expect from one of the largest public school districts in the country"

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Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Houston, TX
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Neutral Outlook

I have been working at Houston ISD full-time (More than a year)

Pros

-Good pay
-Excellent vacation time
-Opportunities for advancement

Cons

-Administration quality varies by campus
-TDS (Teacher Development Specialists) often are not experienced enough to coach other teachers
-High level of pressure and scrutiny on teachers who teach a tested subject
-Teamwork and collaboration varies campus-by-campus
-Work/life balance is not great for teachers who strive to be more than adequate

Advice to Management

-Reward teachers for EFFORT as well as outcomes. (it is impossible to get a bonus as a first-year teacher, but beginning teachers often put in the most effort and time.)
-Only hire VETERAN teachers for coaching and administrative roles

Other Employee Reviews for Houston ISD

  1. "A well run urban school district facing typical inner city problems."

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    Former Employee - Literacy Curriculum Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Literacy Curriculum Specialist in Houston, TX
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Houston ISD full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is the largest school district in Texas that is evolving and rue shaping the academic structure of many of its campuses. The district is home to top secondary specialty schools that are highly ranked nationally.

    Cons

    Recent changes in top level officials have scarred many campuses. There is not consistency in staffing. Teachers are responsible for social issues that stem from inadequate home environments.

    Advice to Management

    It is important for educators to feel a sense of job security. Some of the accountability standards that educators are faced with can not been resolved in the classroom. A city and county support system should be integrated.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A very toxic environment where management imposes its will through fear, intimidation and bullying."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Two weeks off for xmas, 1 week off for spring break and 3 days off for thanksgiving plus two weeks vacation. Central office facilities are nice. Generally there is no weekend work and tend to stick to a 40 hour work week

    Cons

    Speaking up is not encouraged. New ideas are not welcomed. Management is strangely provincial and arrogant simultaneously. Health benefits are surprisingly bad. Cost of living adjustments are non-existent as are merit raises. Management leads through intimidation which leads to a keep-your-head-down attitude. Established procedures seem to be there to prevent progress yet they are routinely circumvented when they are inconvenient to management. Senior management believes it can do no wrong and quickly stamps out criticism through humiliation.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating people with respect. Don't toss people aside just because they're past age 55. Also, don't hang on to employees just because they are friends of management. Get out of the central office and visit the schools daily so you can see what teaching is really like outside your bubble. Public education is about much more than creating power point presentations. Stop fudging with the data simply to inflate your personal performance so you can then hop to the next school district and leave us to clean up your mess.

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