We believe that this can lead to an inclusive, equitable society where the gifts and abilities of every person are acknowledged, nurtured and applied to solve the most pressing challenges we face as a global community.
Since 2015, our team of professionals from education, mental health, technology and business has worked with schools and districts to build sustainable systems of personalized, competency-based learning.
LiFT co-founders Josie and David met 20 years ago while teaching in a rural Vermont public school.
As an English teacher, Josie specialized in creating an atmosphere of belonging, trust, and personal connection with her students. She launched many new and bold out-of-the box learning opportunities to make learning fun, meaningful, and deep.
David worked as an educator and clinician providing mental health services to youth who had experienced trauma. He specialized in building trust and self-confidence as keys to growth, emotional regulation and health.
In the midst of this meaningful work, spurred by the joy of parenting their three young children, they began to grapple with systemic issues, in particular, the absence of student voice, choice, passion and purpose in secondary education.
Responding to a need, offering a solution
Josie and David began to imagine a tool that would make it easier for educators to build learning pathways filled with inspiration, motivation, and rigor. Positive feedback from stakeholders led them to take the leap as entrepreneurs with the launch of SchoolHack Solutions and the release of the LiFT prototype in 2015.
From 2016-2019, the SchoolHack team innovated alongside dozens of early adopter schools across the country to understand and solve the thorniest day-to-day problems of learner-centered practice. Along with these courageous educators, key partnerships included the Tennessee Department of Education, Next Generation Learning Challenge, and the Learn Launch Accelerator.
LiFT gradually evolved into what it is today - a robust, end-to-end learning platform engineered specifically to accommodate all the many models of project- and competency-based learning that are transforming the educational system today.
In 2019, Josie knew it was time for her to return to her teaching roots. She continues to advise and inspire the team as they take the the LiFT software forward under the company’s new name, LiFT Learning.
Joey Lee was hired in 2020 as LiFT’s Chief Learning Officer. As a New Hampshire educator at the forefront of the competency-based movement, Joey taught at Pinkerton Academy, where he was awarded New Hampshire’s Teacher of the Year in 2014. Joey’s subsequent leadership role at Education First gave him deep insight into experiential learning and the business processes required to have impact at scale.