KIPP DC Employee Reviews about "professional development"

Updated Dec 1, 2020

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "KIPPDC is the place to be!"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Dean of Students in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KIPP DC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working for KIPPDC has been truly a blessing. I came here 5 years ago and have loved every second. The top 5 reasons to work for KIPPDC are: 1. Amazing development and leadership opportunities, KIPPDC provides so much professional development and truly develops their teachers and staff to the best of their abilities. In my time at KIPP I have grown in my career more than I ever thought possible. 2. Mindset: Every person, from our Headquarters staff to our custodial team is dedicated to the work we do and all of our children. 3. Strong coaches: The network provides literacy, math and classroom management coaching. Through this coaching our teachers deliver quality instruction and are truly content managers. 4. Great Benefits: Even with the changes we are facing as a nation, KIPPDC is committed to taking care of their teachers and staff. Our healthcare, vision, dental, and retirement is top notch and completely reasonable in prices, even for dependent care. 5. They take our feedback: KIPPDC is committed to taking our feedback and growing as a network. With our feedback KIPPDC has changed our working calendar (longer summer vacations) , upgraded technology (Mac Book Airs) , and even added some personal wellness days (refresh and renew). I have worked for different school systems and no one has been this responsive to our needs!

    Cons

    Hours are longer than some of our public school counterparts: We do have to be in our building for longer than other public schools. These longer hours lend themselves to making sure work is completed in the building and you don't have to take as much home.

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  2. "Overall a great place to work"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KIPP DC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Offers good pay with good benefits and professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Very long hours that average about 9 to 10 hours a day

    KIPP DC Response

    December 13, 2020Digital Marketing Associate

    Thank you so much for the kind review! We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience working with us.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Supportive place, long hours"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CTR (Capital Teaching Resident) 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KIPP DC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - School culture is excellent both for staff and students - Supportive staff/ co-workers - Professional development happens continuously with experts in different content areas - Good starting salary - Lesson plans are written out for you - Materials are bought with school money, not your own

    Cons

    - Long school year - Long hours (5:30 days, 3 times a week) - Sometimes unrealistic expectations placed on teachers

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  4. "Loved it"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Analyst 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KIPP DC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    My manager was very invested in my professional development.

    Cons

    Work-life balance really varied across job titles. Hard to get substantial raises.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Lead Teacher - First Grade"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
     

    I have been working at KIPP DC

    Pros

    Professional development opportunities Good salary Other teachers in school are supportive

    Cons

    Lack of support from administration Very high expectations for teachers Little planning time Long school year

  6. Helpful (7)

    "Not a Place Where Experienced Educators of Color are Welcomed or Embraced"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KIPP DC full-time

    Pros

    Comfortable physical environment Numerous tools for professional development through the KIPP Network A full suite of technology apps to manage your classroom

    Cons

    Not the level of staff and leadership diversity you would expect in an urban system Few experienced (10+ years) educators KIPP DC leadership doesn't encourage staff-community immersion Absence of opportunities for parent and community engagement

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lead Teacher"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I have been working at KIPP DC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Targeted coaching and substantive, helpful professional development -Amazing teaching staff committed to motto that all children can and will learn. Strong collaboration within teams and across grade levels -Competitive compensation and classroom budget -Vibrant and joyful classrooms -Supportive network with many opportunities for growth

    Cons

    -Lengthy school day can be challenging for both teachers and students -Work life balance can suffer for teachers, particularly during your first few years of working here

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Cog in a Wheel"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KIPP DC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Colleagues are absolutely brilliant. KIPP teachers, in my experience, are immensely talented in education philosophy and practice. The people that you work with will save your soul. Classroom resources are readily available and able to be ordered. The salary is relatively competitive especially for novice teachers.

    Cons

    You work more than an investment banker for a fraction of their pay. School leadership does not care one iota about your career trajectory, especially if you are a successful classroom teacher. If you are producing results on assessments- their interest is to keep you as a cog in a wheel. Then, use your data to support their failed leadership strategies. If you have a legitimate concern about a workplace problem- HR will just say that "principals have freedom to lead". Professional development opportunities are few and far between. Salary scale is a complete and utter mystery. If you call off- be prepared to be interrogated via text, email, and phone- just short of a good ol' fashion waterboarding.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Your experience depends on your school"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - First Grade Teacher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KIPP DC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good salary, decent benefits, Excellent professional development opportunities (trainings, graduate degree opportunities, etc.), committed coworkers, opportunities for growth and career advancement through leadership

    Cons

    School autonomy means that your experience depends heavily on your school leadership and staff; hours are much longer than DCPS

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Worse experience"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Capital Teaching Resident Early Childhood in Hyattsville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KIPP DC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The benefits provided, that you are barely able to use. I was able to become certified, however went through pure hell to become eligible.

    Cons

    If I can give KIPP a negative rating I would! Each classroom is packed to capacity with students. Most of the students have severe behavioral problems and undiagnosed learning disabilities. Days are very long 7:30-5:30 with no REAL break. Students stay in the classroom for lunch so this is not a break for the teacher, and during specials is considered to be your planning time however you are often scheduled for meetings with the school leader and/or assisting students who return back to the classroom with whatever they need. I was a capital teaching resident so my workload was doubled as I had to fulfill my obligations to the CTR team and my KIPP team. Once every week we were also expected to attend 3 hour professional development sessions after a full day's work and often times at another school across town. You received full benefits but was also frowned upon when you needed to go to the doctors during school hours or needed a day off for personal reasons, or called out sick. There is no such thing as substitutes in these schools so when you are not there to cover your class, your responsibilities fall on your coworkers. Staff is overworked, under appreciated, and under paid!! Not to mention everyday we deal with physical, emotional, and mental abuse at the expense of our students! Also for staff outings you are strongly encouraged to attend which cuts into a significant portion of the time you dedicate to yourself!!

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