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Special Education Teacher -- Hiawatha Collegiate High School, Minneapolis

Posted on 5/17/2017 3:29:11 PM

Listing expires 6/14/2017

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Founding High School Special Education Teacher

(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.”


We have demonstrated success in student achievement, consistently recognized by the Star Tribune as Beating the Odds Schools.  Hiawatha Academies is proof of what happens when we give every child the opportunities they deserve.


Hiawatha Collegiate High School is the newest addition to the growing Hiawatha Academies charter school network. In August 2015, Hiawatha Collegiate High School opened its doors to 104 9th grade students.  The school will grow one grade each year, and next year, it will be home to just over 300 freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.  At HCHS, all students benefit from a well-rounded program rooted in rigorous academics, comprehensive college support, and meaningful extracurricular activities.


HCHS is committed to ensuring that 100 percent of its students will graduate from high school prepared to thrive in college.  HCHS is currently seeking a hard-working, passionate, and goal-oriented educator to join our team as our Founding Special Education Teacher for the 2017-18 school year.


Job Description

Every HCHS teacher has the opportunity to join a team of motivated, mission-driven teammates who are committed to taking responsibility for their students’ learning. Hiawatha teachers are charged with providing a rigorous, fast-paced, and inspiring learning environment for their students.  The Special Education teacher will provide instruction to students with identified special education needs and strategically support the general education staff with implementation of Individualized Education Plans.


The Special Education Teacher will work under the direction of the Principal and in close collaboration with the rest of the Special Education Team, the Dean of Students, classroom teachers, and advisors.


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



Prove the Possible

·         Student achievement is our number one job

Drive Results

·         Ensure high standards for student behavior and performance

·         Deliver well-planned, rigorous, and meaningful lessons

·         Use data to inform instruction

Build Relationships

·         Exhibit a high degree of professionalism in all elements of this position

·         Serve as a positive force committed to our mission

·         Connect with students and families so as to realize our mission

Support students with Identified Special Needs

·         Write, implement, and track the goals for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)

·         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 completing functional behavior assessments

·         Provide direct academic and behavioral instruction and support for students with learning needs in the general education classroom

·         Provide individual and group support for the development of social/emotional skills

·         Work closely with other members of the Student Support Team (Dean of Students, ELD teacher(s), paraprofessional(s), and school and network administration) and general education staff to ensure high quality service is being provided for identified students

·         Maintain compliant special education records

·         Perform other duties as required and assigned

Perform other duties as required and assigned

·         Teachers must demonstrate knowledge and support of Hiawatha Academies’ mission, equity vision, core values, and beliefs


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

·         Hiawatha Collegiate High School students’ school day is from 8:15am-3:45pm, Monday-Thursday and 8:15am-1:20pm on Friday.

·         Teachers must be present from 7:30am-4:00pm three days each week, and 8:00am-4:20pm two days each week.

·         Professional development sessions are held each Friday from 1:40pm-4:00pm.

·         All Hiawatha Staff are expected to attend and participate in relevant evening Family Events to be held at the school


Skills & Qualifications


·         Bachelor’s Degree

·         MN Teaching License: Special Education EBD, LD, or ABAS (dual license preferred)

·         Knowledge of Special Education law and Due Process compliance

·         Experience working with students with learning and emotional-behavioral needs

·         Knowledge of writing and implementing IEPs

·         Knowledge of MN EBD and/or SLD criteria and the evaluation process including: conducting Functional Behavior Assessments; understanding the use of Positive Behavior Supports; knowledge of how to write a Behavior Intervention Plan

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

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

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

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

·         An ability to lead and to follow

·         Excellent judgment in decision-making

·         Must have a growth mindset

·         Cultural awareness of self and others

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

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

·         A clear record of achieving significant gains with their students and have a strong belief that they can help close the opportunity gap for all


Highly Preferred:

·         Bilingual or multilingual (Oromo, Amharic, Spanish, Somali, and / or Hmong)

·         A minimum of 2 years teaching in a high-need school with demonstrated student results




Salary for this position is competitive and based on prior experience. Hiawatha offers a collaborative and committed team of colleagues, and a comprehensive benefits plan including medical, dental, life, and retirement.


Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

We believe that diversity is strength, and we are committed to maintaining an inclusive, multicultural network. We are an equal-opportunity employer and welcome all qualified applicants.


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.