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Updated January 11, 2018
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  1. "Education"

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Department Chair, Club Advisor
    Current Employee - Teacher, Department Chair, Club Advisor

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

    Pros

    There is a great sense of teamwork amongst my department. Staff members will always step in to assist others in any kind of need. Ideas for lessons and interventions, just to name a few, are always shared.

    Cons

    The environment is often not conducive to learning. Better measure need to be taken to create a safer learning environment.


  2. "Lots of wasted Potential"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reading School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most students are eager to get a high quality education and are willing to do the work necessary to achieve their dream; Some district administrators and some faculty are committed to helping ALL students be successful . Some members of building administration are both highly competent and supportive in their roles.

    Cons

    The best building administrators are under appreciated by their leadership while others bully their way around or seem useless; Not enough translators; little to no celebration of the community's latino cultures at a district or building level; little to no celebrations of any holidays within some buildings making it feel more like a dungeon than an encouraging or motivating learning environment; Extra curricular jobs within the district are appointed based on favoritism often without anyone else even knowing the job opportunity existed; Weak and demotivated union in some buildings; poorly organized, archaic and last minute communication are frequent; parent teacher conferences cannot be scheduled systematically and instead are arranged by each teacher individually often by sending a paper home with the student; archaic and inefficient communication systems for faculty to communicate with groups of parents or students; archaic attendance system ; over sized classes (35+ is common for some classes/courses); no communication with faculty about the curriculum across K-12; faculty appointed to positions they never applied for with no opportunities to grow professionally within the district; some buildings require significant funds for maintenance with crumbling walls, missing flooring, chalk boards riddled with wholes and broken windows. Curriculum over focused on Keystones; Department wide curriculum in some subject areas lacks cohesion and attention to the prerequisite skills necessary to be successful in the next course resulting in both student and teacher frustration

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your faculty and staff more, celebrate more things more often within the buildings - not just through email/virtually, make community building activities with faculty a priority in every building, celebrate staff and faculty achievements no matter how small publicly and proudly so everyone is motivated by others achievements/recognitions, provide the support necessary for faculty and staff to enforce universal student expectations, help every student feel valued within the school - such as celebrating birthdays over the PA, hold students to higher standards in all areas, reduce or eliminate unnecessary internal roster changes after the first two weeks, provide an annually updated district approved K-12 curriculum course map that clearly shows what the expectations are at each grade level for each subject area and then publicly post it on the district website; have a staff directory with class websites for each teacher readily available from the school district website; make virtual communication (such as through email and text) the norm and/or activate ALL features for E-school Plus so that group level communication with parents and students is improved, provide faculty with a regular voice in their teaching assignments and develop a long term publicly available master plan for rotating relevant positions so that staff experience all relevant levels of instruction within their specialization - perhaps they follow a core group of students through the grade levels/subject area; help faculty feel valued and appreciated more often; advertise all positions to all staff for extra curricular activities and then select only from applicants, regularly demonstrate building wide and individualized appreciation for support staff and security regularly; provide a written attendance policy to faculty and allow faculty to mark attendance accordingly; Provide Spanish language and culture classes to all faculty and staff; advertise opportunities for faculty and staff to contribute to the improvement of the school environment such as leading professional development workshops or recruiting faculty and staff for leadership committees and then appointing tasks with clear parameters to said committees to autonomously complete

  3. "Social studies teacher"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Social Studies Teacher in Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Social Studies Teacher in Reading, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reading School District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with great people.

    Cons

    Not enough parent outreach programs.

    Advice to Management

    More parent outreach groups.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Hamster on a Wheel"

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

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

    Pros

    Appreciation of the children who are ever grateful. Salary is good, if you can hang in there 12 + years.

    Cons

    Nepotism, no support, constant critiquing, no chance to advance, no autonomy, buy/make all your own materials. Individuality, new ideas discouraged. No choice of grade level. No positive feedback. Lack of appreciation for teachers. 15 hour day + Weekends = No Life

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the few teachers who have stayed with you. Encourage your new hires. Allow room for individual teaching and learning styles.


  5. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Mohnton, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Mohnton, PA

    I have been working at Reading School District (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Make a difference in the lives of students.

    Cons

    District is too large and poorly managed. Each building operates differently - messages become misconstrued.


  6. "K teacher"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reading School District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People you work with, kids need so much and it is very rewarding to be part of their success

    Cons

    Building cleanliness and quality of resources

    Advice to Management

    Let teachers know when they are doing a fabulous job, a few compliments go a long way in a profession where most don't values teachers anymore


  7. "Math Computer Science Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Chester Springs, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Chester Springs, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Reading School District (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The ability to give back to the community and share innovative uses of technology to further student education. The opportunity to work with amazing dedicated professional teachers.

    Cons

    Too many career educators at the management level who have difficulty grasping the importance of technology education for students. School are investing in common core testings as opposed to 21st century education.

    Advice to Management

    Think outside of the box. Foster a better relationship with local businesses. Invest in technology.

  8. "Security Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Reading, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reading School District part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The District provides stability and I enjoy working with the Staff and the Children. My experience with the District has helped me to Mature. The ongoing training and various workshops are a benefit that I also enjoy.

    Cons

    There are none except for the fact that I am Part-time and I only work 10 Months out of the year.

    Advice to Management

    There is a need for more staff in some of the buildings.


  9. "Great!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Custodian in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Custodian in Reading, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reading School District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place in Reading to work!

    Cons

    Education jobs are dependent on funding.


  10. "I enjoyed the job"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Reading, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Reading, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Reading School District part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed theGood school environment

    Cons

    The salary was to low

    Advice to Management

    to increase salaries


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