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Updated May 13, 2018
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  1. "Network Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Explore Schools (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As someone who has worked in a variety of school settings, Explore Schools is a unique community where all people are valued from staff to students and families. This, combined with the small size of the network and a one-size-doesn't-fit-all mentality, allows schools to be creative in the way that they meet the needs of students and teachers. At the network level, we are able to work together, respond to feedback, and problem solve quickly while making sure that all constituents are able to provide input..

    Cons

    The network does have less money than larger Charter Management Organizations which can result in fewer resources and lower salaries. However, we are working to manage funds in a way that addresses this problem.


  2. "Growing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Explore Schools full-time

    Pros

    -helpful
    -mindful
    -a good place to start

    Cons

    lack of diversity in leadership

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Explore Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great teachers and students
    Communication
    Student oriented

    Cons

    Not much work/life balance
    Little support from leadership team
    Little to no support from network (network team doesn't seem to know what the teachers are doing and throws new work at teachers)
    No plans/consequences for extreme behaviors from Culture team; therefore same behaviors keep happening
    Easily burnt out
    Not many positive words from leadership team- always receiving criticism and ways to make my classroom better


  4. "Operations Associate"

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

    I worked at Explore Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice schedule, lots of food.

    Cons

    Low salary! They expect you to do so much for them with anything in return.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting people who are lazy and barely have experience to be a "leader". People who actually work hard get no recognition.


  5. "Overworked and Underqualified"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Explore Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Staff is friendly
    - Parents are supportive
    - Easy to speak with administration
    - Resources for classroom can be made available

    Cons

    - Contracted for a 9 hour work day
    - Professional Development and Coaching is not consistent
    - School changes their instructional vision often
    - High turnover
    - Many staff are not qualified to be teaching what they are according to NYS requirements


  6. "Horrible place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The staff can be fun and down to earth.

    Cons

    The students have no respect, the managers expect you to always say yes and do not support teachers.


  7. "No Rose-colored Glasses"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Opportunity to reach and teach high need children

    Cons

    Unorganized
    Incompetent lower school management
    Lack of teacher coaching

  8. Helpful (2)

    "stressful and Never complete"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Explore Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. Felt like you were truly part of a team. Great supervisor who did his best to support me in my role while trying to tackle the many duties under his title and position. Schoolwide Shut downs were always a pleasure and much needed. Salary was nice.

    Cons

    Never felt like you ever fully completed any given task within the expected time frame even taking work home with you or stating additional hours. Day starts at 7:20am. You check emails and voicemails. Respond back to as many as you can before the students arrive at 7:35am. This is only if there is not an AM huddle. You do your best to complete as many task as you can before lunch/recess because they have an all hands on deck policy so everyone has lunch/recess duty. This takes a large chunk out of your time frame when you could be working on other things more important. Long hours. Not that you were demanded to stay but with all the little meetings/ PD's team huddles AM & PM, you had no choice but to stay and put in ten and eleven hour days. Ambiguous duties sometimes are given and you are left to try and figure it out as best you can because EVERYONE was clearly over worked. Students that required more support and a stricter environment based on their IEP (i.e. 12:1 or 8:1) were placed in general ed classrooms with an ICT teacher. NOT THE SAME THING. This resulted in behavioral issues that impeded teachers ability to complete lessons and teach material in a timely manner leaving children ill prepared for state testing resulting in low and failing grades and exposing children to behaviors that were unsettling to say the least.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management. Look into changing the structure from a top down organization to a bottom up organization starting with the children, the teachers and then management. This makes teachers take more pride in their teaching and students will take more pride in their education. This is a structure that gives children more of a role in their school and education. Children need to be heard and feel they are important. Stop focussing on the dollar and focus more on support for the teachers in dealing with classrooms that have way to many students. Look into Smaller class sizes. Yes I know this will totally affect the bottom line but education can't be measured by how much you get per child but more by how many children leave your institution prepared for a preparatory high school as your mission statement expresses.


  9. "Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Explore Schools full-time

    Pros

    teachers and staff receive extreme support with projects/lesson planning, instruction and classroom culture.

    Cons

    The work hours and load are tough. Teachers and staff need to be proactive and utilize the structures in place.

    Advice to Management

    Continue providing positive culture


  10. Helpful (2)

    "These are failing schools."

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Explore Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Will provide scholarships or give days off for professional development

    Cons

    - Highly unprofessional work environment
    - Unqualified leadership
    - Lack of support
    - No training or coaching occurring
    - No real structure for students which results in egregious behavior issues
    - 6 days of PTO/sick days/personal days

    Advice to Management

    Structure is too top heavy. Many in leadership have vague titles and it's unclear what they actually do/if they actually do anything. Teachers' voices and opinions need to be valued more and teachers need to be treated as though they are professionals. Teachers also need more support as many do not have a time to eat lunch during the day.


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