Suggestions for improvement
- I would encourage all district leaders to start spending as much time in the classrooms as you can to see the incredible work happening in CSD. Many leaders started making changes as soon as they arrived instead of taking inventory of the great work already happening. Be a teacher for a day -- shadow just 1 teacher -- and also be a student for a day. See what it's really like to live those realities, then thing of ways you can help the teacher by making his or her job more streamlined and more focused on what's truly important. Then, before acting on those things, ASK the teachers. They are authorities on education; that's why you hired them, right? For kids, think about--what in their day is preventing them from doing their best? Is it the crowded hallways? Lack of a celebratory, positive culture in our schools? Lack of recess? Then figure out ways to give them those things.
What I like about the company
Great school district. The kids, parents, and community are phenomenal. The curriculum is rigorous and meaningful. If you luck out and get a great principal, assistant principal, or instructional coach, they can help protect you from the negative aspects of the job so you can do your best work for the kids.
What I dislike about the company
Employees are not treated with respect. I would like to see more autonomy, opportunities for in-house professional development taught by fellow teachers, more humility from our leaders (many of whom have not been in a classroom for quite a while). I would like to see people not chastised for taking days off, which are part of our benefits package and which few people abuse -- most truly use it for medical or family needs. I felt like I was in a game of "gotcha" there. Leaders were not, on the whole, looking for great things the staff did (again, there could be a individual leaders who did so, but it was not a pervasive part of the culture). Instead, we were criticized. We were not treated like professionals.