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Elementary English Language Development Teacher - Hiawatha Academies

Posted on 9/1/2017 10:53:20 AM

Listing expires 9/29/2017

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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 Leadership Academy-Northrop (HLA-Northrop) is a results-driven elementary school that is part of the growing Hiawatha Academies charter school network. Hiawatha Academies opened HLA-Northrop, its second elementary school, in the fall of 2013. In 2017-18, HLA-Northrop will serve 390 scholars in grades K-4. During the 2016-17 school year, 82% of our students were identified as English Learners and 89% qualified for free or reduced price lunch.

Educators at HLA-Northrop are part of a growing team of motivated, mission-driven professionals who are committed to going above and beyond for their students. All HLA-Northrop staff are charged with creating a safe and welcoming learning environment in which all students can thrive. Our teachers plan and implement rigorous, relevant, and engaging lessons in reading, writing, mathematics, and global studies (science and social studies) each day while also promoting curiosity, social/emotional learning, and positive identity development.

At HLA-Northrop, we recognize that there is a strong link between academic success and social-emotional learning. We utilize the Responsive Classroom approach for managing school-wide and classroom culture and discipline. As educators, we are responsible for creating an environment which promotes a sense of belonging, significance, and emotional safety for all students so they can focus on learning. We know that all students can meet high expectations for both learning and behavior when they receive the support they need to do so.

At HLA-Northrop we strongly believe in the use of restorative practices as opposed to punishments when students make mistakes or do not meet our community agreements.

We believe that when students are struggling to meet classroom expectations and having social-emotional challenges at school, they need the support of a team of compassionate adults who can assess the situation and provide student-centered, trauma-informed support structures to address the barriers to their success. We have a track record of success with this approach - less than 1% of our total student population was assigned an out of school suspension last year.

HLA-Northrop is currently seeking a hard-working, passionate, social-justice-oriented educator to join our team as an English Language Development Teacher for the 2017-2018 school year.

Job Description

English Language Development Teachers at Hiawatha Leadership Academy - Northrop work under the guidance of the Principal/Assistant Principal and Network English Language Development Coordinator. They are collaborative members of the grade level planning team, which includes General Education teachers and Special Education staff, for the grade level they support.

English Language Development Teachers are responsible for nurturing social-emotional and academic growth by providing differentiated language instruction to support the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

The ideal candidate for this role is a dedicated educator with a passion for equity and is committed to helping ensure all students get what they need so they can learn in a safe, structured, and productive learning environment.

Candidates that are selected for an interview will receive additional information regarding the specific roles and responsibilities for the position.


General Responsibilities

  • Foster a school climate that promotes respect and appreciation for all students, staff and parents, and supports the school’s mission

  • Build effective relationships among teachers, parents, and the community to improve school culture

  • Exhibit a high degree of professionalism in all elements of this position, while serving as a contributing member of the school team and a dedicated role model for other employees and for students

Planning and Instruction

  • Deliver well-planned, rigorous, and meaningful lessons that develop students’ language across all four domains: speaking, listening, reading, and writing each day

  • Use WIDA test data to determine scholars’ English proficiency, and make data-driven decisions about the extent of services required by students who qualify for English Learner (EL) services

  • Collaborate with Classroom Teachers and Special Educators to help ensure all students can access academic content in the general education classroom

  • Contribute to instructional coaching/professional development of staff on relevant topics related to English language development and language output

  • Administer language assessments including the WIDA ACCESS test each spring

  • Use student achievement data from the WIDA, NWEA MAP test, STEP Literacy Assessment and on-going formative assessments to monitor progress, inform instruction and planning for EL students

  • Work diligently to ensure that all students meet their individual learning growth goals

  • Participate in IEP meetings

  • Perform other duties as required and assigned

Classroom Teachers must demonstrate knowledge of and support Hiawatha Academies’ mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the 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 Logistic

  • Hiawatha Leadership Academy – Northrop students’ school day is from 7:25am-3:00pm, Monday-Thursday and 7:25am-1:15pm on Friday.

  • Staff must be present from 7:00am-3:15pm, Monday-Friday.

  • Professional development sessions are held each Friday from 1:30pm-3:15pm.

  • All Hiawatha Staff are expected to attend and participate in all Family Events at the school, including evening events throughout the year.

Skills & Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Minnesota teaching license (English as a Second Language preferred) or currently enrolled in classes to pursue licensure

  • A track record of measurable success with students

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to build trust with colleagues, students, and families

  • Growth mindset for students, self, and other adults

  • Awareness of self and the ability to understand, appreciate, and interact within different cultural contexts

  • A commitment to racial equity and social justice

  • Desire to grow and develop in a start-up/growing, fast paced environment

Highly Preferred:

  • 2+ years of experience teaching in a high-need school with demonstrated student results

  • Bilingual or multilingual (Spanish, Somali, Nepali)

  • Experience working with English Language Learners, students with special education needs, and diverse student populations


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.  


To apply please click on the link founf here.