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Vancouver Public Schools Vancouver Reviews

Updated August 30, 2017
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  1. "Vsd excellent organization to work for"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training opportunities and reimbursement for these trainings is an excellent opportunity for keeping current with up to date methodology. Staff are supportive of one another.

    Cons

    Classes too crowded and/or too many demands for full time teachers. Too many demands for record keeping that take us away from students.

    Advice to Management

    More support needs to be given to teachers who suffer from burnout


  2. "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - Subject Teacher in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Subject Teacher in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vancouver Public Schools part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great school to work for a beautiful facility as much administrative support.

    Cons

    Having to travel from Gresham Oregon to Washington to work.

    Advice to Management

    Nine. They're doing a great job.

  3. "Special Education Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vancouver Public Schools (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The district provides adequate pay and benefits.

    Cons

    The work environment is very stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Increase new teacher mentoring


  4. "Beware locking yourself in to sub work."

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    Former Employee - Paraeducator in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Paraeducator in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Vancouver Public Schools part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was easy to get hired on as a sub, and I worked with many wonderfully competent teachers and paras for kids with special needs.

    Cons

    Some substitute teachers were totally unqualified to handle special needs classrooms and let the kids go without schedules or guidance at all.
    Once you're hired as a sub, you have to stay long enough at one school to get an administrator to recommend you. Good luck if you work exclusively short-term gigs or at a school where the administrator quits. If you find yourself in this spot, you're effectively *barred* from permanent employment till you can get an endorsement--even if you've got recommendations from teachers and former employers. Better not to sub at all if you know you're going for a permanent positions soon.

    Advice to Management

    Include an "administrator approval" exception for people that subbed in short-term positions exclusively and/or have recommendations from teachers they worked with.


  5. "Positive and rewarding."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA

    I have been working at Vancouver Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong administration and student morale. Campus is safe and students have opportunities for growth in various areas.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape and changing policies to navigate through. Curriculum is not always connected to meet best needs of students.

    Advice to Management

    Need to analyze changing technology environments and adapt teaching strategies to fit students.


  6. "High quality professional development for teachers"

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at Vancouver Public Schools part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, knowledgeable management and staff. Great place to work part time as a student because they are very flexible when it comes to scheduling.

    Cons

    There aren't many Downsides other than the obvious fact that you need to either be a licensed teacher or a student currently enrolled in VPS to qualify for a majority of the jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  7. "It has been a positive experience"

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    Current Employee - Certificated Teacher in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Certificated Teacher in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends

    Pros

    They provide multiple opportunities for professional development and care about student learning above all else. They are very supportive of their teachers.

    Cons

    There is quite a bit of forced curriculum that is not necessarily the most effective for student learning. They do not give enough time for professional development

    Advice to Management

    Give more non student attendance days to allow teachers time to prepare lessons and collect data to drive teaching to support student learning.

  8. "Great pay and benefits for someone with only an associates degree. Good advancement for those going to school to teach."

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    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Vancouver, WA

    Pros

    Better pay and benefits than other area districts.
    Big district with ample transfer options.
    Strong union that really does work for individual employee needs.
    Most schools are fairly new and are clean working environments.

    Cons

    Micromanagement by district administrators is too much sometimes. Its as if they don't think teachers and paraprofessionals are smart enough to teach little kids.

    Advice to Management

    Trust in the intelligence of your instructional staff. Their creativity can produce better results than the latest shiny, new curriculum that you were duped into buying.


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