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Papa Kuʻiʻai.HEIC

Special Education Kumu

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All applicants will fill out a

1. General Application for Employment and

2. Halau Ku Mana Application 


Special Education Kumu


The Special Education kumu at Hālau Kū Māna complement and round out our qualified faculty of teachers. They are responsible for preparing and implementing all individualized education plans including but are not limited to; Individualized Education Programs (IEP), Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP), and/or Behavior Support Plans (BSP) with fidelity and to the schoolʻs requirements. Providing knowledge and instruction to students while helping them develop their personalities and skills will be critical. Instructional strategies should be based on studentʻs differences and accommodations, and employ a variety of methods that are consistent with Hālau Kū Mānaʻs Vision and Mission and further advances Indigenous Education.   All kumu are also expected to actively collaborate on various school-wide committees and initiatives.

Essential Position Responsibilities (EPRs)

Classroom Instruction 

  • Provide instruction to students with and without disabilities in both an inclusion and resource settings.

  • Collaborate with all team members (eg. teachers, parents, and service providers) to develop all individualized education plans including but are not limited to; Individualized Education Programs (IEP), Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP), and/or Behavior Support Plan (BSP) Plan For every student that is eligible for services under IDEA.

  • Develop and implement effective strategies to meet the social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs of students.

  • Fulfill the role and expectations of Care and IEP Coordinator for assigned students.

  • Research and develop best practices in blended learning curricula for middle or high school students.

  • Participate in district training related to special education updates in procedures and compliance and working collaboratively with the Administration, the Special Education team, and the school-level team.

  • Utilize methods that are consistent with the School’s Vision and Mission.


Aloha ʻĀina Education (AAE) 

  • Plan, conduct and evaluate (on and off campus) learning experiences that are in alignment with HKM’s PBI Model.

  • Where applicable, engage with community collaborators in the planning, development and implementation of unique place-based, practitioner specific ʻike, in alignment with HKM’s PBI Model.



  • Maintain open communication with the entire learning ʻohana (students, teachers, administrators, parents, families).

  • Clearly articulate student expectations.

  • Create and maintain good rapport with students, ohana and colleagues.



  • Fulfill administrative requirements as required by school administrators and school policy, including maintaining and submitting required student records, completing and submitting administrative forms, attending and participating in staff/faculty meetings.

  • On occasion and when necessary, provide supervisory duties for non-instruction related activities.


Professional Development

  • Create and complete professional development plans with both long and short-term goals that relate to teaching responsibilities. 

Position Specifics and Requirements


  • This position reports directly to the Poʻo Kumu. 


Position Requirements 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education or closely related field primary to institution

  • Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board Certified (HTSB)

  • 5 years of related work experience [PREFERRED]

  • Highly qualified Teacher Designation [PREFERRED]

  • Ability to obtain a Hawaiʻi School Bus Driver Certification* [Preferred]


Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge and application of instructional methods that are grounded in Hawaiian cultural perspectives/worldview.

  • Thorough knowledge of the subject area and the ability to develop appropriate curriculum.

  • Familiarity with Project-Based Learning Strategies.

  • Ability to differentiate instruction.

  • Ability to manage classroom environments (small and large groups).

  • Communicate effectively with students, parents, counselor and school administrators.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams to develop and deliver interdisciplinary curriculum.


Pay Range

  • Teacherʻs salary and benefits are determined by the most recent collective bargaining agreement between the Department of Education and the Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association.


* HKM utilizes 15-passenger school buses to transport students to/from campus to various learning sites.  These learning sites are critical components in implementing the school’s Aloha ʻĀina Education (AAE) program. All teachers assigned to a project will need to seek Hawaiʻi School Bus Driver Certification; other Hālau Kū Māna faculty and staff Hawaiʻi School Bus Driver Certification is  preferred.

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