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Providence School District Reviews

Updated April 30, 2017
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  1. "Great job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Providence School District full-time

    Pros

    Work with wonderful students and staff

    Cons

    Lots of planning, and meetings. But doable.


  2. "Excellent Professional Development"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Teacher in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Providence School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Providence Spends extensive amounts of time and money to train its employees.
    Excellent pay.
    Professional staff.

    Cons

    Every year some schools close and employees must interview for other positions within the system. There is also an unequal distribution of resources- new and refurbished schools get everything while older schools deteriorate.Most schools are considered non-performing.

  3. "Elementary regular-bilingual-dual language"

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    Current Employee - Bilingual Elementary Teacher in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Bilingual Elementary Teacher in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Providence School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Responsable, with experience creating lesson plans, successfull student's grade updates

    Cons

    Luck if structure and discipline in my school

    Advice to Management

    I teach discipline to my students, every child have a unique way of learning, it all depends in teachers abilities to find out personalities and accommodations.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sub"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexibility, always opportunity to work, helpful teachers

    Cons

    Difficult students, poor work environment


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Strong Teachers Union - Frustrating Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Coverage pay
    Lots of sick days

    Cons

    Frustrating policies from district
    Many colleagues take advantage of benefits


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Math Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Providence School District full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, strong sense of team, opportunities to have leadership in after school programs, staff are committed to problem solving

    Cons

    Times of not having flexibility in how to teach, discipline is reactionary and not proactive, staff have too many responsibilities

    Advice to Management

    My advice is to train the staff on restorative justice or other discipline management styles that help address issues other than suspension and detention.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Central Office Admin"

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

    Pros

    Competitive Salary and high-need district - worth it for the students.

    Cons

    little room for growth, disorganization, no focus on strategic or long term goals, don't always put students first

    Advice to Management

    Invest in those who work so hard for you.

  8. "Teacher step 10"

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

    Pros

    Great students and thge admin I have had experience with

    Cons

    If you are not dedicated to an urban school district it can be challenging, you really have to want to teach in the city.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Johnston, RI
    Former Employee - Teacher in Johnston, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Providence School District (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great kids. Good benefits. Comfortable environment to work in.

    Cons

    Lack of technology in schools.


  10. "Difficult job but very satisfying"

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    Current Employee - Middle School Teacher in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Middle School Teacher in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Providence School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with children and making a difference in their lives. No better feeling than this.

    Cons

    Very difficult getting the job done to your own high standards. They place too many children with many needs in your care. You must multitask constantly. The children's needs must always come first. If you do not plan to do this, get out of the profession.

    Advice to Management

    School leaders overall do a great job helping teachers do their best, so they must continue to do so. Providence does support their teachers who work hard and they need to realize that the job can burn people out. Mentoring is important and should be encouraged more.


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