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Portland Public Schools Reviews

Updated January 26, 2017
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  1. "Vice Principal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Portland Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Strong focus on improving outcomes for all students.

    Cons

    Constant changes among leadership. Very inconsistent focus on specific inititatives. Capital improvements are needed badly.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "The district is in a nice location"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice city in the west coast

    Cons

    Too many meetings no panning time

    Advice to Management

    Provide support to teachers more


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of freedom, few supports"

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    Former Employee - Secondary Math Teacher in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Secondary Math Teacher in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Portland Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You are free to experiment with innovative teaching styles.

    Cons

    There are few resources in the way of curriculum, textbooks, technology, etc. Overloaded with students.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of students per teacher.


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  5. "Striving for mediocrity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Snow days; no accountability for upper management

    Cons

    No equity unless you're part of the inner circle

    Advice to Management

    Recruit and promote people who actually know how to get results


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Teacher in Portland, OR

    I worked at Portland Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, students and parents. The Portland Association of Teachers is very supportive. The benefits and tuition reimbursements are good.

    Cons

    Sometimes there aren't enough qualified substitutes available on short notice for Spanish. The facilities need a lot of work. Often the classrooms are cold. Many times there aren't enough staff to clean the room properly.

    Advice to Management

    More focused staff meetings would be welcome. I would have liked to have more non-evaluation classroom visits from supervisors and more time to meet with other teachers teaching the same subject.


  7. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Get to work with a diverse population

    Cons

    Doesn't take care of teachers.
    Poor behavior policy for students.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible Place To Work"

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    Former Employee - Secondary Math Teacher in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Secondary Math Teacher in Portland, OR

    I worked at Portland Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent salary. Holidays off. Some classes get new textbooks.

    Cons

    Poor Conditions: I went months without heat and the summer was hot.
    Poor Admin: I pretty much think being an admin just requires you to be in the building at all times. Doing productive things is optional.
    Poor Resources: In the news you'll read about Unsafe Water, Unsafe from crime (no school cops), and Unsafe Buildings.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging. Do what you will say and don't over-commit to promises because you have to serve your constituencies. Don't be a slave to parent concerns: hold your ground. Go with a different brand of equity training. Pacific sucks. Just makes black and white tension amplified. Nothing good ever came out of intentionally stressing people out over race problems no one is ever going to solve. Inquiry and discourse is a much better format: there, I just saved you $1M in consulting fees. Trust that teachers do not need much guidance in this department.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Building Relationships"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Portland Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management and benefits were great.

    Cons

    Contract issues were conflicting at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  10. "Substitute Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Can work as little or as much as I want. People are all helpful and friendly

    Cons

    May not get assignments until 5:00 a.m.

    Advice to Management

    All is great!


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Portland Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Portland Public Schools has comparatively good salary and benefits. As a teacher you receive a small professional development budget. Schoolhouse Supplies is a good free resource provided to the district for classroom supplies.

    Cons

    There is a lack of collegiality and very little productive collaboration even though time is set aside for collaboration. Poor administration at all levels can make for a hostile working environment.

    Advice to Management

    Teachers should be viewed as fellow professionals and not as adversaries, barriers, or incompetents in need of rigid systems. Provide a safe and productive learning environment for all students by enforcing consistent discipline.



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