Last month, Hiawatha Academies Executive Director Eli Kramer spoke on a panel facilitated by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.  at the  Teach to Lead Leadership Summit. Kramer was joined on the panel by  New Leaders CEO Jean Desravines,  Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff, and  St. Paul Public Schools Teacher and Educators for Excellence Fellow Susan Providence to discuss to role and achievements of teachers in the areas of policy, equity, and sustainability.

“Teachers are some of the most important leaders in our communities.”

The purpose of the Summit was to advance student outcomes by expanding opportunities for professional collaboration and teacher leadership as well as spotlight and advance the groundbreaking, teacher-led work that is happening in states, districts, and schools across the country. “At Hiawatha, we believe teachers are some of the most important leaders in our communities. It is an honor to have this opportunity to highlight the amazing leadership of Hiawatha teachers inside and outside the classroom,” said Kramer.

Hiawatha’s rising 10th grade scholar Angelica Bello also spoke at the Teach to Lead Summit. She inspired teachers from across the country to continue teaching and shared gratitude for the impact Hiawatha teachers have had in her life. Angelica aspires to be the President of the United States.

“Teachers are the hope to us when we are at the edge of giving up,” said Angelica. Teachers are the foundations of our futures and beautiful lives.”

As a growing network of  high-performing, tuition-free public charter schools, Hiawatha Academies has been committed to creating a space in which scholars are prepared with the knowledge, character and leadership skills to graduate from college and serve the common good. It has won numerous state and national awards for its academic program, which has been recognized as an exemplary model for closing the opportunity gap. The network includes two elementary schools, a middle school and now a high school.