Suggestions for improvement
- 1. Teach conflict resolution
2. Have administration be more receptive to feedback about other teachers' not following contractual obligations
3. Stop telling staff members to deal with staff culture issues on their own.
4. Plan staff bonding events
5. Give staff some relaxation time every once in a while.
6. Stop micromanaging. I can do a lot by myself.
What I like about the company
While Achievement First has a long way to go to consider itself diverse or supportive of anti-racist and culturally responsive pedagogy, they appear to be making the effort to move in the right direction. I believe that the founders believe in educational equity. The network staff members have actual experience teaching and being administrators, which can be a rarity when discussing charter networks. My individual experience with staff culture was negative, but my partner still works for the network and loves their team. (I love their team, too!) It just wasn't my time.
What I dislike about the company
More professional development needs to be implemented surrounding respectful and productive ways to build relationships with coworkers. All profession development is centered around the children. In a school setting, that's great!! But you're left with a strange situation where all staff members would sacrifice anything for student achievement but would leave the teacher across the hall out to dry.