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Special Education Teacher, Middle School, 1.0FTE--North Lakes Academy

Posted on 8/11/2017 9:56:44 AM

Listing expires 9/8/2017

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The Mission of North Lakes Academy is to graduate students who are confident, skilled scholars and citizens. Our expectation is that students and teachers excel in core academic and artistic disciplines, develop a sense of purpose and path, and value a united community built through appreciation of diversity.


Since 1999, North Lakes Academy has provided a personalized learning environment designed to meet a wide variety of academic needs. With strong core subjects and a full complement of liberal arts courses, NLA provides quality learning in a responsive learning atmosphere.  In 2008, NLA was granted approval from the state of Minnesota to expand to serve students in grades 5-12. The first graduating class was the class of 2011.


North Lakes Academy is one of the oldest charter schools in Minnesota, one of the last teacher-run school boards in the United States, and one of only a few education options in a large land-area district on the border between suburban and rural Minnesota.



+ We help students discover their passions and stay confident learners throughout their lives.

+ We’re a fast-paced, collaborative working-environment that’s also thoughtful about designing reflection and resetting time for teachers and students.

+ We think about what we can do better and faster than other area schools on a daily basis and learn quickly from other models of innovation (See our Becoming Program for one example).

+ We’re a friendly and creative team with diverse backgrounds, who are all really kids, parents, coaches, and entrepreneurs at heart.

+ We’re an interesting school that feels more like a startup, a workshop, and a family.

+ We’re close to Highway 35 and easily accessible from the metro area or surrounding suburbs (Many teachers commute from the cities, surrounding suburbs, and even Wisconsin).

+ We design flexible professional development experiences.

+ We provide exceptional medical and dental benefits.

+ We work with teachers to choose a personalized technology setup.


TEACHER EXPECTATIONS: Special Education Staff

We are building the next generation of citizens and we’re looking for leaders to help architect, design, and reimagine the future of education for students and the adults that love them. As a part of the teacher-leadership team, you will work directly with directors and colleagues to create an ambitious and engaging experience for middle schoolers. You’ll oversee the work of curriculum design, classroom management, and collaboration to engineer a beautiful, scalable, and reliable experience across our 5-12 school platform and programs.



Appropriate MN Licensure (preferred): Special Education ABS, EBD, ASD, LD or DD (dual license preferred



+Build positive, healthy and effective relationships with students, families, and colleagues

+Display and sustain a passion for educating exceptional learners

+Drive achievement and growth for all students toward deep understanding and mastery of skills

+Write, implement, and track the goals for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). +Typical caseloads are between 10-15 students.

+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

+Work closely with other team members to provide high quality services

+Maintain compliant special education records

+Perform other duties as required and assigned


Skills & Experience

+Evidence of possessing a developed skill set with a variety of technology platforms including +GAFE and Schoology. Experience with SpedForms is a plus

+Evidence of experience designing curriculum for exceptional learners

+Evidence of understanding best practices around differentiation and accommodation

+Evidence of producing high levels of student growth and achievement


Star Qualities

+Enthusiastic optimist: thinks in terms of do’s rather than don’ts

+Willingness to risk: sees failure as temporary and learns from experience with failure

+Lifelong learner: is endlessly curious; borrows, seeks, innovates


To Apply

To apply for the position, please submit, via e-mail, professional résumé, cover letter, reference letters, and your teaching license to Executive Director Cam Stottler at cstottler@northlakesacademy.org

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