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Student Agency, Culture, and Praxis Builder - Hiawatha Academies

Posted on 9/6/2017 1:46:34 PM

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Student Agency, Culture, and Praxis Builder

Hiawatha College Prep – Northrop


About Hiawatha:

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.  Our vision is to expand our impact by growing to five schools by 2020. At scale, we will be putting five percent of all school-age scholars in Minneapolis on the path to and through college.


About our Project


In 2018 Hiawatha will open a new innovative middle school that considers some significant changes compared to more traditional models of school.  


Our design ideas emerged from a community-rooted Design Team that dreamed of a school that includes significantly higher levels of student agency, has an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum, and connects the learning in the school to real social-justice action in our communities. Our design is more child-centered, more individualized in its approach, and more equity-centered and dynamic.


Designing a school around these concepts is new for Hiawatha, and the ideas are complex with tensions to explore, the design features need significant building, testing, and iteration in the year ahead.


Therefore, we are hiring a team of people that we will call the Build Team. This team of passionate and disciplined innovators will take our new vision for a school, and, working with the Principal of the school and the Senior Leadership of Hiawatha Academies, will endeavor to make the vision come to life through further definition and clarity.  The Build Team will build the features of the program, testing the effectiveness of the design elements, iterating along the way, and codifying our learning so that we can use the learnings across Hiawatha and the sector more broadly.


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


Roles and Responsibilities:


Co-create vision and approach to school culture, personal development work and metacognitive reflections that propel students to take action and develop a critical consciousness.  

o    Develop a strategy that holistically integrates research on critical conscious pedagogy, trauma informed teaching and student support practices.  

o    Integrate social emotional development and metacognitive practices into the design.

o    Work in partnership with school team and Hiawatha leadership to create the concrete manifestation of the school model canvas.  


Design and build curriculum tools, practices, protocols that are aligned to the school model canvas.

·         Draft a vision for each priority area that clearly aligned to the school model and pedagogical belief around student agency where students are meaningfully engaged in their individual and collective creation of school, from their academic to their social experience.

·         Create assessment models that show rigorous outcomes aligned to MN state standards but transcends traditional standardized assessment methods.  

·         Develop and integrate strategies that implicitly develop habits within the core academic courses.

·         Outline a set of deliverables and budget that you would build vs. source, vs. curate.  

·         Prototype all build deliverables for testing.  


Conduct Trials and Research Cycles:                           

o    Identify key research questions and assumptions to pilot.  

o    Collaborate with school design teams to develop a system and process for testing and iterating on school model components.

o    Create and manage dashboards and other instruments for data collection, analysis, and synthesis.

o    Foster collaboration and disseminate findings and lessons to maximize cross-pollination of ideas and practices.


Lead in-school coaching & adult development

o    Model how to execute research based strategies and/or interventions.

o    Build the capacity (through coaching, training, etc.) of the internal team and school design members to:

· make meaning of their data and pivot accordingly

· execute research-based interventions and strategies

· develop metrics, collect and interpret data


Codify Knowledge (practice and content and prepare for cross team sharing.

o    Work with our project leads and learning agenda writers to refine core practices and store them in an accessible way.

o    Compile ‘implementation plans’ so that the team understands what worked and what didn’t work during execution.

o    Create and document curriculum that can be implemented in the school model.

o    Conduct research to help schools make stronger shifts, inform our learning agenda, and/or support Transcend publications.

o    Summarize our findings and progress in the form of compelling research briefs, blogs, etc.


Skills and Characteristics


You are an entrepreneurial and ambitious educator

·         with a passion for innovation and an eagerness to strategically redesign schools because kids could be learning much faster and deeper than traditional school models allow.

·         who enjoys working in a fast paced, iterative and creative environment that thinks boldly about the possibilities for change.

·         who embraces an all hands-on deck start up environment mindset, is flexible and lives to synthesize and refine what can be seen as messy ideas.

·         who is an independent worker self-starter that takes initiative and is resourceful.

·         who can’t wait to work at the vision level AND in the weeds.


You believe and embody our Hiawatha core values of

·         Children are at the center of everything we do.

·         Our mission requires bold thought and action.

·         We choose optimism.

·         We push ourselves to improve.

·         We are stronger together.

·         We create fun and a little weirdness.


You have demonstrated a commitment to equity and will operate with an equity growth mindset in service of Hiawatha Academies’ equity vision:  We 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.


Educational Background and Work Experience

·         Bachelor's degree from a competitive college or university, Master's degree preferred

·         A minimum of 7-10 years of relevant work experience as an educator or related field working directly with schools.

·         Proven record of success.

·         Training and coaching teachers and support staff.

·         Expertise in implementing and revising social-emotional programming and/or critically conscious curriculum

·         Experienced in different types of interdisciplinary design and project based learning.

·         Adept in conducting rapid cycle testing to build and iterate on program model elements.  

·         User centered design experience a plus .

·         Experience working with students of color and/or students growing up in under-resourced communities.               


Special Work Requirements


Minneapolis is the preferred location for this role, but we will consider candidates who live outside of the Twin Cities area.   If you do not live in the Twin Cities, there will be about 40% travel required for this job.  Travel will consists of visiting Hiawatha schools in Minneapolis to observe, prototype, or work with small groups of students/staff to learn about the strengths and weaknesses in our model.


Please read full job description online: Student Agency, Culture, and Praxis Builder - HCP - Northrop


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.