Never work at an I Can School. The expectations are unreasonable and are designed for teachers and staff to fail. Administration has inappropriate relationships with their bosses and staff. You will be treated like a child and will never be appreciated. It's very unfortunate, beacause ultimately, the kids are the ones who suffer. The turnover is remarkable and from the very beginning of the school year, multiple staff members were searching for other positions. It's a terribly designed BUSINESS. Pay teachers below a living wage and overpay the upper administration.
If you're a parent researching I Can, and you came this far, then research Breakthrough Schools and compare the two networks. Also consider the high performing CMSD schools. I Can is a network that treats their teachers terribly. They have a big turnover problem and your child might see five different disgruntled teachers before the conclusion of the school year. Don't let I Can fool you with their college bound rehtoric, I taught there four years ago. My class was rediculously over crowded. And yes, I was making very little money and had impossible expectations placed on me. I had to quit after two months and I sold insurance which was heaven compared to working there.
sounds like teachers here need a union. I know that a good school starts with teachers, if this is the way people there feel then they need to take that bull by the horns!
I worked for I CAN Schools. It was a nightmare. I have a master's degree in special education and they were barely paying me a living wage. To top it off, the expectations were ungodly. No lunch time, no planning time, oversized classes, more lesson plans due than were required in college and the leadership was AWFUL! Teachers are a commodity. After our staff dropped to less than half-staff the principal made the threat, "Gossip needs to stop. I don't care if we are half-staffed, I am not afraid to go below." Nothing was done to help teachers. The I CAN charter schools are not good for students with disabilities. I was once told I can't pull students into a small group at the back table because that is not the I CAN standard of inclusion. Personally, it's about the kids, not a blanket of expectation that does not fit. THANK GOD I left that school. I loved the kids and the families, but I do not miss the poor treatment of the staff and the ridiculous expectations.
This school is God-awful. The teachers are underpaid and therefore under appreciated. You can imagine how this translates into classroom performance. Ask most people and they will tell you that teachers are underpaid. In a public school, a who makes 65k a year will make no more than 35k at the ICAN schools. No matter how you slice it, it's a travesty for all involved. Another question..........How much are Mr. Stragand and Mr. Emerson getting paid for setting up these under performing charter schools. I'll bet they're making as much if not more than their public school counterparts. Why???? Because they're able to determine their own salary. Pathetic.
I am rating this school with 5 overall. The teachers seem to do better than average. I am not too impressed with the staff overall. I think much improvement is needed there on my fronts. Their seems to be a stereotypical pattern for the hiring of some of the staff. Appears to go a little to the left. At least this school offers a quality education, I guess thats all that matters. This school is probably similar to a military school for those who find that approach suitable. I'm am no longer bragging parent of the I can school no matter how many new locations they offer. I was turned off by the second year.
Wish I would have saw the teacher review before I fell into the trap! Teachers plan on working 12 hour days including weekends, turning in 3-4 undergrad lesson plans to 2-3 different people, eat lunch with the students in the classroom, and possibly 1-2 planning periods a week if there is a specials teacher. Plan on the 1 copy machine breaking and not being able to print and copy the 5 pages of curriculum for all the subjects you teach (for your 30 students).
I really like this school for my son, they are preparing the students for much more than just High School. This is a true College Prep School.
Stay away from I can schools if you want a teaching job. They're the reason unions were formed a long time ago. The kids are great, but the administration is inexperienced and they treat professionaly trained teachers like incompetent morons picked up from a gas station on their way to work. If you like having absolutely no planning periods or breaks on Thursday and Friday, then work there. If you like having a half hour of planning for three days out of the week (no lunch), work there. If you like turning in work like you're an undergrad, but you have to revise everything you do four times, work there. I've been in many schools in my time and this place is a nightmare.
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