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Developmental Disability Specialist -- Hiawatha Academies, Minneapolis

Posted on 5/17/2017 3:30:47 PM

Listing expires 6/14/2017

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K-2 Special Education Teacher (Developmental Disability Specialist)

(17-18 school year)


Hiawatha Academies is a growing network of high-performing, K-12 open enrollment public charter schools. We are driven by our mission that, "All Hiawatha Academies scholars will be empowered with the knowledge, character, and leadership skills to graduate from college and serve the common good." 


In 2017-18, Hiawatha Academies is launching a specialized special education program for students in Kindergarten through second grade with more significant development and cognitive disabilities.  This program is committed to providing students with individualized and responsive instruction which holds students to high expectations.  


For the 2017-18 pilot year, the school will hire a dynamic and talented special educator who will begin providing direct services to our scholars with the most significant disabilities in grades K through 2, while also piloting curriculum and instructional strategies. This work will lead to the possible launch of a comprehensive K-2 program during the 2018-19 school year.


From Monday through Thursday, this teacher will lead 2.5 - 3 hours of resource groups with a group of 2-4 scholars at each of Hiawatha’s two elementary school (approximately 5-6 instructional hours daily).  On Fridays, the teacher will lead research, program development, and planning, including visiting strong program, developing curriculum, refining data systems, and participating in school-based professional development, when appropriate.


Job Description

The Level 3 Special Education Teacher is responsible for supporting a powerful vision for student achievement based on Hiawatha’s Five Guiding Principles and for motivating others toward the realization of that vision. The Level 3 Special Education teacher will provide direct instruction and case management for students with identified for Hiawatha’s specialized program, as well as conducting research and development for the launch of a comprehensive specialized program for K-2 students in 2018-19. The Level 3 Special Education Teacher will work under the direction of the Director of Student Support Services and in collaboration with Campus Leaders, Special Education Coordinators, and Special and General Education Teachers.


TO APPLY: Qualified, passionate, and equity driven individuals should apply HERE.



·         Write, implement, and track the goals for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students in Hiawatha’s specialized program

·         Assist in the initial and three year re-evaluation of students to determine qualification and need for special education services including conducting achievements testing, data collection, observations, interviews, and functional behavior assessments

·         Provide direct instruction and support for students in the Hiawatha’s Specialized Program

·         Collaborate with the Director of Student Support Services to lead the research and development of the specialized program, including visiting other schools, researching curricula, and piloting instructional strategies.

o    Collect best practices on strong K-2 support for students with more significant disabilities

o    Pilot models and curricula to identify the most effective instructional models for the program

o    Evaluate program data to assess the efficacy of instructional models

·         Support staff at the home schools to ensure students in the specialized program are receiving strong supports when they are not receiving direct instruction from the specialized program teacher

·         Maintain compliant special education records

·         Perform other duties as required and assigned


Special Education Staff must demonstrate knowledge of and support Hiawatha Academies’ mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and code of ethical behavior.


Core Value and Beliefs

All Hiawatha Staff must demonstrate a passionate belief in and commitment to the following core values:


1.      Children are at the center of everything we do.

2.      Our mission requires bold thought and action.

3.      We choose optimism.

4.      We push ourselves to improve.

5.      We are stronger together.

6.      We create fun and a little weirdness.


Equity Vision

To honor the humanity of all people, we actively disrupt systemic inequity in pursuit of an equitable world. To learn more about our equity vision, click here.


Hiawatha Employment Logistics

·         Teachers must be present from 7:00am-3:15pm, Monday-Friday. Time will be split between Hiawatha’s two elementary schools, Monday through Thursday, and at Network Support offices on Friday.

·         All Hiawatha Staff are expected to attend and participate in all Family Events at the school.


Skills & Qualifications


·         Teaching Licensure: Special Education ASD, ABS, DD, or DCD

·         At least 2 years of experience working with students with developmental or cognitive disabilities

·         An unshakable belief in the boundless potential of every child

·         Knowledge of Special Education law and Due Process compliance

·         Experience working with elementary students Knowledge of writing and implementing Standards-based IEPs

·         Training or willingness to be trained in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)

·         Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills and ability to build trust with colleagues and families

·         An ability to learn quickly and adapt in the face of challenges

·         An ability to lead and to follow

·         Must have a growth mindset

·         Cultural awareness of self and others

·         Ability to understand, appreciate, and interact within various cultural contexts

·         Excellent judgment and decision-making

·         A willingness to go above and beyond to do whatever it takes to ensure the highest level of service for our scholars


Highly Preferred:

·         Bilingual or multilingual

·         Spanish, Somali, Oromo, or Amharic proficiency (English is required)

·         Experience working with students of color or students growing up in low-income households     

·         Minnesota teacher certification


Irma Márquez Trapero (personal gender pronouns: she, her, hers) 

Director of Talent Recruitment
Hiawatha Academies

Growing Learners. Growing Leaders.


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Hiawatha's Mission: all Hiawatha scholars will be empowered with the knowledge, character, and leadership skills to graduate from college and serve the common good.

Hiawatha's Equity Vision: to honor the humanity of all people, we actively disrupt systemic inequity, in pursuit of an equitable world.