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Uplift Education Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  • The in-classroom and professional development support grew me a lot (in 7 reviews)

  • I receive a tremendous amount of support in the network through, professional development and additional growth opportunities (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Hard work gets rewarded"

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    Current Employee - Educator in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Educator in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Uplift Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    College acceptance rate goal is 100% and this company works hard to get its scholars to that goal.

    Cons

    Not enough support to handle disruptive students. The goal is to keep suspensions down but teachers burn out fast handling these behaviors on their own while still expected to provide them with excellent instruction.

    Advice to Management

    Create some type of support system that will allow disruptive students to be pulled out of classes or push into classes when their behavior stops them and others from learning. Create a more concrete system and support for the parents of these students so that they may be better equipped to support their child within the learning environment and at home.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Worst Charter School Ever!"

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    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Arlington, TX
    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Arlington, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Uplift Education part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - None whatsoever. No one would want to work there if they really knew what happens behind the scenes.

    Cons

    - I have witnessed many incidents of illegal and unethical behavior from both Uplift faculty and administration. They have made up grades for students, they had a student-teacher lead a class with no supervision from a licensed teacher.
    - Students are bombarded with excessive testing from common assessments (CA), ACT, SAT, MAPS, and STAAR drills.
    - There is no support for teachers. Students are not held accountable for their behavior and administrators do nothing to address these issues. There are no consequences for students. The tolerance for misbehavior damages the morale of teachers and causes other students to misbehave.
    - They do not pay well compared to other public-school districts.
    - The performance pay system created a culture of noncooperation, secrecy, and mistrust. It is every man for himself.
    - The only thing they care about is test scores and nothing else. Students often receive packets of worksheets and busy work. There is no academic integrity or standards.
    - Principals are not licensed professionals, which is why Uplift calls them “Directors”. Most people in leadership credentials lack the proper certifications they would be required to have in a public school.
    - Long work hours. Most teachers work from 7:30am-5pm.

    Advice to Management

    - Hold students accountable for their behavior.
    - Pay teachers and staff members fairly
    - Eliminate performance pay.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Uplift Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Directors have relative autonomy at their respective schools to lead instruction (less so at the high so level)
    - The E-team (Yasmin, Rich, etc) are pretty competent and mean well
    - The facilities are nice (buildings, etc)
    - I strongly believe Uplift prioritizes the right things
    - It's a pretty happy place to work (although that varies by school to a degree)
    - The scholars are amazing. Parents are amazing.
    - It is an amazing place to be!
    - Very mission aligned
    - Lots of professional development opportunities if you seek it
    - I've seen a lot of young people rise to leadership roles they wouldn't have been able to in other organizations

    Overall, I would recommend this place to newer principals - I think seasoned principals might have trouble adjusting to all of the differences.

    Cons

    - The benefits are not that great, unfortunately - especially health care. Before making the decision to come, please look at the benefits package - it can have a big impact on salary
    - Directors have little ownership over special education, operations, and counseling departments - it is a unique management arrangement that can be time consuming
    - The talent pool isn't great for teaching staff. However, CMO is actively working on this.

    Advice to Management

    1) Please continue to look at the benefits package - especially maternity leave and health insurance
    2) Continue to find good and pay good teachers.
    3) Keep being mission aligned! You are doing a great job!


  4. Helpful (5)

    "You're Doing a Great Job But......"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Instructor in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Uplift Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great scholars, professional space to try new things sometimes . Leadership leaves you very much alone if you're doing the job well but you'll never know it from them.

    Cons

    Never told I'm doing a good job. I feel my job is always on the line. Evaluation and performance bonus system is a sham. Performance goals that payout are not based in reality. It's hard to get up and go to work when you're just a teacher unit instead of a professional. No authentic professional development. Just crap stuff for Teach for America newbies. I will not recommend this organization. It is toxic on many levels

    Advice to Management

    Quit making employees feel threatened to keep their jobs on a daily basis. Decide if your organization is to be college prep or just a college acceptance mill. Stop being in bed with Teach for America. It's a cash cow for the organization but students get the cow crap when it's time for good instruction.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Uplift Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mission-oriented, students-first approach, highly structured work environment (both pro and con)

    Cons

    Teacher turnover, overworked staff, lower pay than traditional public schools


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A great chance to make a difference for those who are driven and balanced"

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    Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Uplift Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Tremendous opportunities to positively impact children and contribute to innovations in education. Great people, who care deeply about the mission.A lot of growth, meaning new positions and responsibilities that allow for motivated employees to grow and take on leadership. Lots of professional development. Working in a resource constrained environment puts an emphasis on innovation as a core value. Willingness to learn and grow from mistakes to get better.

    Cons

    Funding is less than a traditional ISD. This causes the organization to fill multiple roles with a single individual. Fast pace of work. Growth is too fast at times, outpacing the available talent at Uplift and in Dallas-Ft. Worth.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on growing talent internally and making key external hires to bring in new talents. Maintain transparency in communication to employees. Continue to build partnerships with community organizations, higher ed, and business that benefit students, parents, and staff. Grow in a sustainable way.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Experience"

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    Former Employee - Substitute in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Substitute in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Lovely kids, cleanliness, sometimes helpful methods

    Cons

    Too many restraining rules, environment for kids, and sometimes for teachers isn't the best.

    Not many opportunities for teacher to make an actual change.

    Advice to Management

    Make changes to help the kids as well as the teachers. Open up your culture to new ideas and improvements.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Status: Needs improvement"

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    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent alt-cert program, lots of leadership opportunities

    Cons

    Very few experienced people, NO communication among any channels, and low teacher morale

    Advice to Management

    Inspire people to do better without the carrot of a "raise," for which you must jump through hoops or stay a certain amount of time to get. Stop hiring uneducated people to "teach" SpEd.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Stressful, Administration unsupportive. Peyton Place."

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    Former Employee - Substitute in Arlington, TX
    Former Employee - Substitute in Arlington, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Uplift Education part-time

    Pros

    The few dedicated teachers that are present every day are an inspiration to the students. The teachers who mentored other teachers were fabulous.

    Cons

    Students who were disciplined repeatedly in classroom for being disruptive were sent from classroom to admin office then came back immediately saying it was teachers job to take care of matter. When teacher/sub was not allowed to do so or had tried to discipline and could not. No support from admin. It's "customer is always right" attitude around the school. No admin ever questions the students and if so, they are found to be innocent. It is crazy. Bad behavior is recognized and great performance is not come awards ceremony. The few parents that work up at the school volunteering are given limited access to all areas because admin does NOT want to be exposed. Teachers have to buy their copy paper. Art dept is a joke with not even paper and correct pencils and paints to use. Actual textbooks are not issued which is ridiculous. Last but not least, when the students have 3 strikes they are not expelled, at first they were. Now all bad kids get to stay in school. There have only been a few bad things that have happened. A group of high schoolers got caught with pot and didn't get expelled. Same group bullied a teacher and slashed his tires and didn't get expelled. And same group of boys bullied a student by picking him in the hallway and beating him up. Still didn't get expelled. Admin are more into making money than education.

    Advice to Management

    Admin get your priorities in order. Keep your staff happy and they will stay. Discipline your students that are the terrible ones so you can be the 4th best in the nation. The students that are your good students cannot keep being excellent students without getting rid of the bad ones.More importantly, get out of your stupid offices, engage with your employees and get to know all of your students and especially who their parents are and what they do.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Worst place I've ever work"

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    Former Employee - Primary School Teacher in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Primary School Teacher in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Uplift Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most teachers, the staff, 40% of the students. They were all really good and professional, didn't cause trouble and were helpful.

    Cons

    The administrators were incompetent, overworked, lack of understanding, compassion & empathy. Also 60% of the student population kept the rest from being effective learners.

    Advice to Management

    Tear it down let the kids go to the public schools. Fire administration.


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