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great company - in theory
Educator (Former Employee), Wilmette, ILAugust 13, 2013
Worked for Right at School for 3/4 of a school year. It was fairly obvious that this was a relatively new company that hasn't exactly found its footing yet.

The school I was at basically just wanted after-school supervision and didn't really care about the "curriculum" part of the program, which, to be honest, was a bit of a joke. Everything was very – more... much geared towards younger kids (K-3) and my group of 4th-6th graders couldn't have cared less about units based around Dr. Seuss and Flowers.

This wouldn't have really mattered if the company supervisors didn't seem so insistent that the curriculum be pretty closely followed. What this resulted in was a huge power struggle between the supervisor at the school - who was there with the kids every day - and the "area supervisors" - who were at the school once every couple of weeks. And the last two months, I don't think I saw any management there at all.

For much of the year, as an "educator," I had no idea who to listen to, as I was being told 3 different things from 3 different people. I tried to use my best judgement and worry about what the kids were interested in, something I'm not sure many of my higher-ups in the company were really that in-tune with because they hardly ever saw them.

In summary, this company COULD be successful. There is a need for substantive after-school enrichment at many school districts, especially CPS, and the basic framework for a good program is there. The management needs to really get their act together, and take the time to be at each school enough to develop a plan that fits each location before it gets implemented. A one-size-fits-all approach for every school and every group of kids isn't going to accomplish anything. However, I don't think the structure is there in the current supervisory system to accomplish this, or at least it certainly wasn't in practice when I was employed there. – less
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Fun work day
Educator (Current Employee), Chicago, ILApril 1, 2013
Pros: funny children, good breaks (christmas and spring), great hours and pay
Cons: hard job to have while being a student
This job was very fun. You get to work with fun, hilarious children. We played games most of the time but also got to be serious when it was time for homework. My co-workers were awesome and i cant imagine working with any other people. The hardest part of the job was when children misbehaved. Learning how to deal with that was the hardest task i had – more... to do. – less
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Engaging and fun recess, after school and enrichment activities
Site Director (Former Employee), Chicago, ILDecember 7, 2012
A typical day at Right at School involved me arriving at work between a 1/2 hr to 45 minutes before my staff of six to prepare for the enrichment activities for our students. Before the beginning of the shift I would use 15 minutes to brief them on the activities for the day and use that time to have an open discussion about techniques that worked for – more... each staff member while engaging with our students. My staff consisted of professionals like myself who where enrolled in or in pursuit of a degree with some emphasis on education. The most challenging part of the job was ensuring that my leadership was always clear to ensure the my very talented staff always felt prepared and set up for success. It was imperative for the safety of our students that we remained in close communication with one another, with little or no room for communicative barriers. In the ability to overcome this challenge successfully, it made the most enjoyable part of the job, mainly interacting, tutoring and educating our students all the more exciting. – less