Elementary Special Education Teacher (immediate need) - HLA - Northrop
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) opened HLA-Northrop, its second elementary school, in the fall of 2013. HLA-Northrop currently serves kindergarten through fourth-grade scholars.
As a school we recognize that there is a strong link between academic success and social-emotional learning. We believe every adult in the school is responsible for creating an environment which promotes a sense of belonging, significance and emotional safety for all students so they are able to focus on learning. We know that all students are able to meet high expectations for both learning and behavior when they receive the support they need to do so.
HLA-Northrop is currently seeking a hard-working, passionate, social-justice-oriented Special Education teacher to join our team for the 2018-2019 school year.
Special Education Teachers at Hiawatha Leadership Academy - Northrop are collaborative members of Student Support Team, working closely with other Special Education Teachers, Paraprofessional educators, School Social Workers, and related Service Providers at the campus and network level. Special Education teachers are also members of the grade level planning team for the grade level which they support.
Special Education Teachers are responsible for nurturing social-emotional and academic growth through case management and by providing direct, differentiated instruction for students with identified needs. Special Education teachers are also instructional leaders in the school and collaborate with general education teachers to ensure a continuum of instructional services for students which may include co-teaching and/or resource room support.
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.
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, Instruction and Case Management
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 functional behavior assessments
Provide direct academic and behavioral instruction and support for students with identified learning needs in the general education classroom
Provide individual and group instruction in reading, math, and/or writing
Provide individual and group support for social/emotional skills
Work closely with other members of the Special Education and Student Support Team and general education staff to ensure high quality service is being provided for all students
Complete all intellectual prep and instructional prep for any co-taught, individual or group instruction.
Participate on the Child Study Team by attending meetings and supporting with the implementation of interventions to meet the needs of struggling learners with or without special education needs
Maintain compliant special education records
Use student achievement data from the NWEA MAP test, STEP Literacy Assessment and on-going formative assessments to monitor progress, inform instruction and planning for students with IEPs
Work diligently to ensure that all students meet their individual learning growth goals
Perform other duties as required and assigned
Special Education 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.
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
Minnesota Special Education teaching license 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
2+ years of experience teaching in a high-need school with demonstrated student results
MN Teaching License in Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), Emotional Behavior Disorders (EBD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or Academic Behavior Strategist (ABS) preferred
Bilingual or multilingual (Spanish, Somali, Nepali)
Experience working with English Language Learners 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.