Renew Schools Employee Reviews

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Educator/Teacher (Former Employee) –  New Orleans, LAAugust 14, 2018
renew was a great place to work I worked along with a great staff and my supervisors were very helpful and reassuring in everything that I needed to do my best.
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Horrible Experience
Teacher (Former Employee) –  New Orleans, LAJune 12, 2018
This place was horrible. There is little organization and the place is out of control. It’s amazing that children learn anything at all here. No teacher should ever have to work in these conditions.
Pros
A paycheck
Cons
No breaks, trauma-inducing stress, asbestos, mold, horrible leadership
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Terrible Leadership
Teacher (Former Employee) –  New Orleans, LAJune 6, 2018
Leadership, ultimately, does not care/advocate for the well-being of the children's education. Not enough resources were made available to support the lessons that were administered.
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Run for your Life
Teacher (Former Employee) –  New Orleans, LAJanuary 16, 2018
If you know someone at the ReNEW CMO or school level that worked at KIPP you have a good chance of getting employed regardless of your skill set. They hire their friends and continue the cycle of failure that they produced at other networks. CMO staff are not knowledgeable about their positions which leads to poor guidance. The CMO staff also spend too much time having conversations about people on the school level that they don’t focus on the children enough which should be the driving force of their discussions. Run for your life! This is the WORSE place I have ever worked and I’m a seasoned educator!
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Cut-throat, school culture, low teacher moral, no transparency, behavior support.
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Dangerous schools
Teacher (Former Employee) –  New Orleans, LADecember 26, 2017
The combination of novice & corrupt administration with violent students makes for dangerous schools. Everything from the “therapuetic program” to the various campuses are problematic to say the least. They allow their staff to be belittled and verbally attacked by parents. Students have the green light to physically attack their teachers with no consequence.
Pros
Pay is great
Cons
School enviornment, administration at all levels
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Terrible place
Teacher (Former Employee) –  New Orleans, LANovember 20, 2017
They are more concerned with looking good to the public, checking boxes to appear legal to avoid public scrutiny or lawsuits, and collecting large salaries at the CMO level, than solving real issues in the schools. Long term mismanagment is very clear and the entire system is broken, priorities are screwed up. The CMO level employees are vastly underqualified, promted quickly from classrooms, or with a background in other fields. They check boxes with no real understading of curriculum or how to run a school or network. They will not improve as they will not admit their failure and incompetence so they can save their own high salaries. They pat each other on the back for lip service, jargon and lousy work and decisions. The budget and financials are suspect, and mismanaged, SPED is a total mess, behavior management is terrible, coaching is sterile and unhelpful, ('What to do directions' and 'turn and talk' are NOT the cure for the issues they have.) They do not cooperate with the leaders or teachers on the ground, allow terrible teachers to infect the culture because hey are afraid they can't hire anyone else, and simply continue to smile and push their own broken agenda that is not good for kids, and frustrating for teachers.
Pros
The pay is OK if you want to sell your soul for a few thousand
Cons
Terrible CMO management, lousy sick day policy, they don't believe in hiring subs, out of control behaviors, over worked teachers, sterile coaching system with coaches that couldn't do the job, or deal with the kids under the conditions the teachers are forced to, there are literally no resources or materials, so teachers have to create everything.
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not enough instructional space or instructional materials
special education (Current Employee) –  New Orleans, LASeptember 23, 2017
You can find the special education staff servicing students in hallways, cafeteria, library, etc while admins have office space. Staff working with students, especially special education students, should be given an appropriate place to provide services.
Pros
hard working and dedicated teachers and staff
Cons
space not allowed to service special education students
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Hard workers
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  New Orleans, LASeptember 18, 2017
ReNew employees work hard and are willing to put in the work for great results.

The success and growth of the children are a top priority for every educator on staff.
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Save yourself!
English Instructor (Former Employee) –  New Orleans, LAJune 11, 2017
All of the other reviews, (except for the last ) are all spot on. Corrupt management, crowded classrooms, lack of guidance/coaching, and tons of behavior problem without proper management and consequences. You feel bad for all the children who are truly unhappy and never have their complaints, feelings, and issues addressed by admin.
Pros
Benefits!
Cons
Lack of integrity and ethics from admin and cmo
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americorps
Teacher's Assistant (Former Employee) –  New Orleans, LAMay 29, 2017
It was a good experience. Americorps gave a stipend at the end of my contract to help pay for college. The staff was friendly but no one was a native of New Orleans so they didn't really understand the kids.
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Crowded, test-focused
Teacher (Former Employee) –  New Orleans, LAMarch 25, 2017
ReNew administrators and faculty are friendly and committed, but the classes are HUGE (average 32). There is very little special ed that works and lots of behavior problems. The focus is on keeping detentions down to please the parents and keeping suspensions way down to make the schools look better. I stayed two years but things did not get better. I felt frustrated for the kids who really wanted to learn but couldn't because of constant disruption from behavior problems.
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Well-meaning people with little real experience
Former Teacher (Former Employee) –  ReNEW CharterJanuary 10, 2017
People are very friendly but seriously lack experience and knowledge in teaching. Administration takes advantage of this and allows unsafe and unprofessional conditions as a means to an end that is not appearing.
Pros
Lots of false happiness
Cons
A teacher's worst nightmare
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Awful, incompetent and corrupt at the top.
Educator (Former Employee) –  New Orleans, LADecember 29, 2016
This organization embodies the worst of education. They are at best well meaning but sorely missing the mark. At worst, they are corrupt and feigning ignorance. Hire people who know what they are doing/really care about the kids in desks. This is what happens a decade later when inexperienced TFA-ers take over a city. CEOs/corporates are dropping like flies, and I pity whomever ends up holding the bag.
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ReNew is definitely a place where you can learn, grow, and cultivate your educational endeavors.
Reading Intervention Teacher/Co-Teacher (Current Employee) –  New Orleans, LAMay 12, 2016
A typical day at work would include about 30 1st graders with a willingness and tenacity to learn and reach levels they never thought of. Our students at ReNew show alot of grit and integrity. What I learned most with working with the students at ReNew, is that every child learns at a different level, but are still just as important as the child who catches on quicker than others. My co-workers are all affectionate about teaching, They are passionate about getting their students to the next level. The hardest part of my job is to see a student who really wants to learn or advance, and gets frustrated when the skill doesn't come as easy or they don't master the skill that was introduced. The most enjoyable and rewarding part of my job has to be when a student comes to me and says, "Thank you", or send me notes to let me know how much they appreciate me and I've impacted their lives....there's no greater feeling.
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