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What Employees Say
I have been working at Democracy Prep Public Schools full-time for less than a year
Continuously reinforces administrative effectiveness by providing development opportunities, such as anti-racist training, specified field training, and support.
D.P. encourages employees to solve their own problems. There is no rule book. A great place to work if you have the drive and an ambitious work ethic.
Advice to Management
There could be more effective communication upward, downward, and laterally.
I have been working at Harlem Village Academies full-time for more than 5 years
-Out of all the charter schools I’ve been at, there seems to be a balance with teacher autonomy and streamlining certain practices per your subject area. -Solid academic curriculum provided, and I... feel that I’ve been given the ability to tweak and revise to best support my kids-there isn’t a heavy stress on being entirely glued to a script-I feel organic but still able to hit all major points in my lesson. -I can morph lessons to make it my own, as long as I’m staying in line and on pacing with my grade team subject area-which believe it or not is really helpful to have that communication. -Winter/Holiday bonus -6 Saturdays worked and paid $1000 stipend -2 hours of prep time during the day(I rarely stay after unless I’m choosing to do something extra)
-Hours are a bit too long -Turn around time to submit data for IA’s and other scanned tests is sometimes hard to make-especially when you are grading them right after kids take it. -Given... instructional material that we are suppose to find time to teach and assess on, for example, spelling and grammar-there is no true time devoted to that area and the kids need it. -More balance of rigorous educational prep and just allowing them to be more explorative with project based learning. -For ELA, more culturally relevant literature that is appropriate and sensitive to different backgrounds-sometimes our texts have a very bias approach that leans towards history and events being told through a very narrow lense-and they need more books that represent our students.
Advice to Management
We are very under staffed. I think the things they want us to achieve are doable if we had more resource, if ideas presented had more time to process rather than thrown on staff(which unsure if just... sometimes that’s the nature of the beast), and just really paying attention to what high expectation is be placed with understanding of what man power we have and time allocation.