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Current Employee - Education Specialist  in  Stockton, CA (US)
Current Employee - Education Specialist in Stockton, CA (US)

I have been working at Aspire Public Schools

Pros

They are interested in determining best practice in general education, general education very defined for those who work for Aspire, great benefits, kids are motivatied to learn, access to adequate materials, teacher training, grade level support for general education

Cons

You are part of a system not an individual with strengths and weaknesses to be developed, low tolerance for failure to comply to the way Aspire wants things run. Main focus is high scores on state testing above individual students needs, lack of training and understanding of students with disabilities on the part of the system, not family friendly

Advice to ManagementAdvice

consider looking at developing a balance approach to education that includes history science which will be subject areas for the students to apply and master what they have learned in reading, language arts, math. It will show they have generalized what they have learned to all areas of academia, not just a bubble on a worksheet at 80%. Consider that most of your staffs are made up of women who have many responsiblities in their lives besides work and be a team member with them so they can be successful in life. Understand that people are individuals with life experiences, gifts, and talents that when recognized and developed it is a win win for everyone.

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Other Reviews for Aspire Public Schools

  1.  

    Great organization with strong desire to make a difference in the education world.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instructional Aide  in  Huntington Park, Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Instructional Aide in Huntington Park, Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Aspire Public Schools part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I thoroughly enjoyed the sense of community at this company. Everyone is passionate about what they do and strive to be the best in the industry. There's a passion that everyone shares to educate and ensure that their students receive the best education and environment that can be provided.

    Cons

    More responsibilities can be distributed to supporting staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Wonderful for low socioeconomic students, but not so great for teachers with children of their own.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Terrific learning environment for single, or young, teachers who have not yet had children of his/her own. Very data driven which serves to really focus on students' needs. If you are lucky enough to be on a good team for your grade level span, you will truly learn what collaboration and teamwork means. Ideal environment for first year teachers who are willing to learn and give 150% every day! Work load has improved with the incorporation of computers in each classroom. The organization's motto and values put students first. Plenty of opportunities for growth and leadership if you can handle the additional duties and responsibilities and can take feedback well.

    Cons

    Work-life balance has been and continues to be an issue for most teachers. The higher up the ranks you go, the less, or so it seems, work you put in. These are positions OUT of the classroom. If a principal favors you, your life will be much easier and certain responsibilities will be overlooked. However, if you are on the other end, be prepared to be given negative feedback veiled in "concern" of your data and teacher evaluations. A bad principal can make every day a bad one, but that may be true at any school. Don't expect HR to be on your side either. If you are on a competitive team of teachers, they may NOT truly be collaborative and share since money was previously tied into performance. Teachers have consistently asked for more pay (it is supposed to be addressed/fixed this year). Health benefits are good. Awesome team leaders can make life so much easier, but bad leaders make you look incompetent while he/she shines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep asking for feedback from your teachers and continue with the open door policy so teachers can alert you directly of any principal/administration concerns without retaliation. Everyone at home office seems like they truly care about the mission of Aspire and all the sacrifices that teachers have made, but there is still a disconnect between home office and how the L.A. principals are running the schools. High turnover in L.A. Might be time to analyze why our teachers are leaving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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