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Updated Jan 25, 2014

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2.9
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  1. "High Schools are where it's at!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sea in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    weekends, holidays and summer off.

    Cons

    Summer off! Gotta bid for work in summer.

    Minneapolis Schools2014-01-25
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Way too interested in avoiding litigation, not at all interested in helping students learn"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sea in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As an SEA, I get benefits. Personally this doesn't really apply since I'm younger than 26 and still under my parent's insurance, but most school districts in MN don't extend benefits to classroom support personnel. Also, I hear that compared to other school districts, we get paid pretty well. People I work with day to day (e.g. other staff and administration, not district personnel) are really nice and try to help you to the extent they can.

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    Cons

    District personnel aren't very helpful or responsive. New employee orientation was great, but it was also held 2 months before my start date so I didn't remember everything when I started and the district never responded to my phone calls and responded to my emails only after several weeks. The school makes you work out of your job description (i.e. I used to work in IT so I solve a lot of IT issues, which I don't mind), except the district absolutely will not pay you for that extra work (which I care very much about)... so what you end up with is a whole bunch of employees only interested in helping themselves and not really building a culture. Their policies are ridiculous, especially their internet policy. All the wrong sites are blocked. I can't access sites I need for my class yet I could easily access inappropriate content at school. You can't install anything without the Building IT guy signing off on it. Both of those may seem menial but they make lessons a headache and a half to plan. There is a serious lack of professional development activities that I can actually use to better my students' learning in the classroom

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    Advice to Management

    My single biggest complaint is the lack of interest the district takes in its employees. For example, I have my teaching license in Social Studies and theres a student in one of my classes with severe Autism. I don't know how to handle that. What if he has an outburst and starts throwing things? I have no idea what to do. How do I present information so he understands? I have no idea. Are there trainings I can go to to tell me these things? yes. Will the district pay for them? no. Instead, my professional "development" days are dedicated to spending 8 hours getting my CPI card and learning how to fight off an attacking student without getting the district sued. All this time I'm thinking "excuse me? isn't the focus supposed to be on student learning?"

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    Minneapolis Schools2013-12-25
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