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."
In 2017-18, Hiawatha Academies is launching a specialized special education program for students in Kindergarten through second grade with more significant development and cognitive disabilities. This program is committed to providing students with individualized and responsive instruction which holds students to high expectations.
For the 2017-18 pilot year, the school will hire a dynamic and talented special educator who will begin providing direct services to our scholars with the most significant disabilities in grades K through 2, while also piloting curriculum and instructional strategies. This work will lead to the possible launch of a comprehensive K-2 program during the 2018-19 school year.
From Monday through Thursday, this teacher will lead 2.5 - 3 hours of resource groups with a group of 2-4 scholars at each of Hiawatha’s two elementary school (approximately 5-6 instructional hours daily). On Fridays, the teacher will lead research, program development, and planning, including visiting strong program, developing curriculum, refining data systems, and participating in school-based professional development, when appropriate.
The Special Education Teacher is responsible for supporting a powerful vision for student achievement based on Hiawatha’s Five Guiding Principles and for motivating others toward the realization of that vision. The Special Education teacher will provide direct instruction and case management for students with identified for Hiawatha’s specialized program, as well as conducting research and development for the launch of a comprehensive specialized program for K-2 students in 2018-19. The Special Education Teacher will work under the direction of the Director of Student Support Services and in collaboration with Campus Leaders, Special Education Coordinators, and Special and General Education Teachers.