RECONOCIMIENTO DE RED DE ESCUELAS SANTUARIO —– Considerando: Que la visión de igualdad de Hiawatha Academies es “Para respetar la humanidad de todas las personas, interrumpimos activamente la desigualdad sistémica en busca de un mundo justo”; Que Hiawatha Academies está comprometida con el éxito de todos los estudiantes independientemente de su estatus migratorio, etnicidad, raza, […]

RECOGNITION OF A SAFE HAVEN NETWORK OF SCHOOLS —– Whereas, Hiawatha Academies equity vision is that “To honor the humanity of all people, we actively disrupt systemic inequity in pursuit of an equitable world”; Whereas, Hiawatha Academies is committed to the success of all students irrespective of their immigration status, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, […]

A Day of Professional Development

While scholars were sent off to enjoy the winter break, teachers and staff stayed on campuses a few extra days to prepare for the new semester and come together for Hiawatha’s third network day of the year. Network days at Hiawatha Academies are a great way for teachers and staff to look at our progress […]

On November 5th, HCHS hosted a financial planning workshop for scholars and parents. This event was made possible through a partnership between Hiawatha’s Community Engagement team and CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio). CLUES has been working with the U of M Extension to adapt this financial planning curriculum, ensuring that it is culturally-relevant and […]

The Exceptional Contribution award is Hiawatha’s highest staff honor, recognizing outstanding service to scholars and families. The following staff were honored in June for their exceptional contributions in the last school year. Hattie Carvalho is the assistant principal at HLA – Northrop. Prior to this role, she was the assistant principal at HLA-Morris Park, director of […]

Brittany Porrazzo has been dedicated to community service since her days as the vice president of the service club at her high school in Madison, Wisconsin. As a teen she connected over 200 service club members to organizations in the community and her ambitions have only grown from there. After graduating from Vanderbilt University in […]


Whitney McKinley, art teacher at Hiawatha College Prep, was named a semifinalist for Education Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year award. The field of possible candidates for the honor was narrowed to 34 last month from an initial field of 115 candidates from across the state. Whitney was recently featured for using art to teach social justice topics. “I love to see […]

When it comes to supporting scholars with special needs, it’s personal for Ian McLaughlin. As someone who grew up with dyslexia and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), he understands the social and academic challenges of school first-hand. Ian spent his first two years of college at a school specifically tailored to students with disabilities. While the experience […]

By Karen Shapiro, teacher at HLA – Morris Park What’s a token? A symbol. A gesture. Sometimes cartoonish, like a Star of David on an airport Christmas tree. Sometimes well-intentioned, yet insufficient to express the layers of meaning behind it – like African American History Month. On the surface, dedicating a month to the study […]

Now in her second year at Hiawatha College Prep (HCP), Danielle Andrews brings a wide range of experiences as a second-grade teacher for Minneapolis Public Schools and as a special educational paraprofessional at public and charter schools around the Twin Cities. Danielle has been working with Priscilla Dombek, HCP special education teacher, to make African […]