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New Visions for Public Schools Reviews

Updated July 15, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    "Staying true to the mission to support education in NYC"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New Visions for Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    If you are interested in supporting the improvement of education in NYC, New Visions provides a host of opportunities to work with an extremely smart and dedicated set of colleagues to help schools. The organization works in data systems, teacher development, curriculum, college readiness, community engagement, and more. It is a supportive place to work and there are lots of chances to learn from all of the new initiatives. Great colleagues. Good benefits and compensation for a non-profit.

    Cons

    Not necessarily a con, but something to know: the organization is fast-paced and things are always evolving based on the policy environment, grant opportunities, changes in the DOE, etc. Be ready to be nimble and don't get too attached to any one thing!


  2. "Dean of Cohort"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Dean of Students in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Dean of Students in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New Visions for Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The interaction and growth of the school culture

    Cons

    Very time consuming and learning to adapt to the schools culture

    Advice to Management

    Lets keep changing school culture for the better

  3. "The wrong place to be if you want to teach"

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

    I worked at New Visions for Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Teachers are wonderful -- hard working, make the job bearable.

    Cons

    Where do I start?
    1) So much turnover in management that what was aces to your "supervisor" is often heresy to your "new supervisor."
    2) Pointless paperwork. I can't count how many things teachers were told to do "for data" and those things ended up sitting in a cardboard box all year long before being thrown out.
    3) NO ladder of consequences. A group of 5 or 10 misbehaving students run the school and run wild, and are coddled by admin until they do something serious.
    4) Selling parents a bunch of lies about how many resources the schools have for special education, yet there's kids who need paras who don't have them, others need mandated counseling and never get it.
    5) "COB today." Staff would get an email directive saying something pointless had to be done by "COB today." No explanation why, no communication, just had to be done. Staff stay late and do it, bring it upstairs to the supervisors, who have long since gone home for the day.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe, just maybe, if a slew of staff leave every year (whether voluntary or not), it's YOUR problem?


  4. "Passionate Employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New Visions for Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    NVPS is a great place to work towards an important mission and with some of the most passionate folks around. It functions like a start up but with the perks of a big company, which is a nice balance.

    Cons

    Fast growth and expansion means that some folks are in management positions when that is not their strongest suit. There is a sense of cliquishness among those who have been around longest vs those who are relatively new, which doesn't always contribute to the strongest environment.

    Advice to Management

    Help cultivate leadership and development for all employees.


  5. "Great company with a great mission"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New Visions for Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing people, culture and spirit of innovation

    Cons

    Less competitive salary for developers/tech people as compared to industry standards. A ot of work outside of your role and not always a lot of recognition for it (salary-wise, announcement-wise, and title-wise)

    Advice to Management

    NV runs like a tech company in some aspects. Recognize that, hire foundational, experienced people, and pay people accordingly to avoid high turn-over. Also, recognize people's work with proper titles.


  6. "New Visions"

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

    I have been working at New Visions for Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    New Visions’s office and staff are beautiful. It is a laid back environment filled with many smart and qualified individuals committed to their mission.

    Cons

    It is a non-profit so pay is EXTREMLY low.


  7. "Good if you get a good supervisor."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New Visions for Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Lots of resources

    Cons

    Staff is not heard, only school leaders

    Advice to Management

    Please hear and listen

  8. "Leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New Visions for Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great support. Opportunities for growth

    Cons

    changing management Not all upper management has the same ideals


  9. "A large organization with great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New Visions for Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The former President, who had been around for 25ish years really cared about living out the organization’s mission and hired a thoughtful and effective leadership team to carry out his vision.

    Cons

    The organization’s structure and work has changed a lot in the past 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    seek more opportunities for feedback from staff members.


  10. "Working in the Charter School was great starting point for a first year teacher straight out of college."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New Visions for Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-planning sessions within departments. Lesson plan feedback from supervising Assistant Principal or Department Head. Small classroom and supportive SpEd Director.

    Cons

    Micro-management is at an extreme level. Leadership rarely trust faculty to do assignments on own. Communication between administrative leaders and faculty is often last minute and unclear. Protocols are consistently changing. Loss of instructional days for testing. Then heavy emphasis on fast data analysis and reporting everything for record keeping.

    Advice to Management

    New Visions Charter Schools was open ground for me to build my curriculum and strengthen my classroom management over the years. However there are not as many supportive resources for Elective teachers (the Arts, Gym, Health, Seminar) as there are for Core teachers (Math, English, Sciences, History). Network PDs were irrelevant to real classroom issues. Leadership team are not experienced in all content areas and miscommunicate school's objectives and agendas.


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