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  1. 2.0
    Current Contractor, more than 1 year

    NHA Schools give a false picture of what the school is really like

    May 20, 2014 - Substitute Teacher 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Get to meet a lot of people Great students Very diverse groups of students in each school Teaching with purpose College-driven curriculum I believe that the schools do a good job trying to have a moral focus for the students to learn, but aside from teaching it, the students don't care and are rarely receptive to it.

    Cons

    Teachers are overworked and underpaid Overabundance of paraprofessionals in each classroom is unnecessary Students rarely learn anything that they wouldn't in a regular public school Assessment is a joke Most of the students in most of the schools are out of control, disrespectful, and don't want to be there. The teachers are stressed out beyond stressed, which is why the turnover is so high for NHA. Plus, the schools are profit-driven, as they function like "for profit" colleges. Public schools are not meant to make money, but to educate students. NHA schools are meant to make money, and education seems like a lower priority. The schools have so many paraprofessionals in the classrooms that don't really contribute to the learning environment. Most of the paraprofessionals have teaching degrees, but are sent out with a group of students to help fill out a worksheet, or something similar. The school is taking on the latest fad, "group learning", as they are implementing group learning whenever possible. I have witnessed this first-hand multiple times in the school, where teachers are trying to teach, and the students are sitting back, playing on their cell phones, and talking in their groups. The teachers are frustrated because the idea of stations or groups does not work all of the time, for every grade, and every subject area. Assessment is a joke. Multiple times, I've seen students complete a "quiz" at the end of learning a unit. They all score very well on it, but they do so because all they're doing is regurgitating the information they were supposed to have learned. For example, I was working with a group of students that had been learning a grammar topic for a week. They knew they were being quizzed on it at the end of the week. On that Friday, the teacher went over all of the answers to the quiz with the students. THEN, she handed out the quiz. Were they really showing what they learned, or were they just repeating exactly what they had reviewed 2 minutes before? After the teacher got the NWA testing results back, almost all of the students showed no understanding of that same grammar topic, even after they had "learned" it.

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great so far

    Aug 4, 2022 - Teacher, Kindergarten in Durham, NC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    trainings and PD, culture, salary/benefits

    Cons

    depends on your specific school

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  2. 5.0
    Former Employee

    I love the vision and mission of this organization!

    Jul 29, 2022 - Teacher 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great resources, coaching and PD opportunities.

    Cons

    Work life balance is off due to very high expectations.

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