Teacher (Former Employee) – New Orleans, LA – January 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!
Cut-throat, school culture, low teacher moral, no transparency, behavior support.
Teacher (Former Employee) – New Orleans, LA – December 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.
Teacher (Former Employee) – New Orleans, LA – November 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.
The pay is OK if you want to sell your soul for a few thousand
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.
not enough instructional space or instructional materials
special education (Current Employee) – New Orleans, LA – September 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.
hard working and dedicated teachers and staff
space not allowed to service special education students
English Instructor (Former Employee) – New Orleans, LA – June 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.
Teacher's Assistant (Former Employee) – New Orleans, LA – May 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.
Teacher (Former Employee) – New Orleans, LA – March 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.
Former Teacher (Former Employee) – ReNEW Charter – January 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.
Educator (Former Employee) – New Orleans, LA – December 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.
ReNew is definitely a place where you can learn, grow, and cultivate your educational endeavors.
Reading Intervention Teacher/Co-Teacher (Current Employee) – New Orleans, LA – May 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.