May 2, 2017
Tennessee Department of Education Implements LiFT Educational Software Platform
Personalized Learning Platform Introduced for Learners and Teachers to Improve Postsecondary Readiness
We are pleased to announce the launch of a partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education to improve college and career readiness for Tennessee students.
The department’s college and career readiness work aims to improve and integrate existing information systems to empower Tennessee students, parents, and educators to make well-informed and timely decisions based on current, relevant information drawn from K-12, postsecondary, and workforce data.
As part of a $7 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), TDOE will offer pre-selected pilot districts the opportunity to implement SchoolHack's LiFT™ software platform. LiFT allows students and educators to create flexible learning pathways connected to the unique interests and aspirations of every learner. “We applaud TDOE's leadership and vision in the decision to bring this innovative, personalized approach to their college and career readiness initiative," says David Lipkin, CEO and co-founder of SchoolHack Solutions.
LiFT, designed by educators with years of experience designing learner-centered systems, helps students create meaningful and motivating personalized learning plans. Students will use LiFT to identify their unique interests, skills, and strengths and match them with the most appropriate post-secondary resources, opportunities, and supports available. Ongoing progress monitoring of LiFT data will help educators, counselors, and the TDOE continuously improve their college and career readiness programs to meet the needs of every student.
The TDOE’s work to promote college and career readiness for all students is part of the Drive to 55, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s initiative for 55 percent of Tennesseans to be equipped with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025. Tennessee has implemented a series of nationally recognized initiatives aimed at helping students transition from high school graduation to postsecondary education. These efforts include providing financial support and mentorship through Tennessee Promise; sharing more guidance with students through AdviseTN; offering more early postsecondary opportunities and increasing the spotlight on students’ access to them through a new school-level accountability framework; and hosting focus groups with high school students to hear firsthand about their experiences and then sharing this in a public report. Additionally, Tennessee was named recently as a recipient of the highly competitive $2 million New Skills for Youth grant designed to build on locally and regionally led efforts through the statewide Pathways Tennessee initiative, which works to strengthen and expand education-to-career learning pathways for Tennessee’s students.
“Research shows that student engagement and ownership increase when learning is connected to their unique interests and needs; it’s about connecting learning to life,” says Josie Jordan, SchoolHack’s President and personalized learning pioneer. “We developed LiFT specifically to bring students, families, and teachers together as collaborators.”
April 24, 2017
SchoolHack Participates in Boston's LearnLaunch Institute Accelerator Program
Following a highly competitive application process, SchoolHack Solutions is joining eight of the "hottest" edtech companies from around the world to focus on our innovative technologies in order to transform learning and increase achievement in schools both here and abroad.
"LearnLaunch is dedicated to connecting, supporting, and growing the education technology ecosystem to drive innovation and transform learning. We are a vibrant community, delivering educational events, a selective accelerator program and a collaborative co-working space."
April 20, 2017
Kathleen McClaskey and Josie Jordan to present at Dynamic Landscapes Conference May 22, 2017
Two personalized learning pioneers are joining forces to present some of their important work in personalized and proficiency-based learning. The presentation, entitled: Building a Culture: Your Foundation for Personalized and Competency-based Instruction will provide an interactive session for educators who are thinking about or have begun this educational shift in their schools.
"As we shift curriculum, instruction, and assessment to be personalized learning and competency-based, the culture of the classroom becomes essential. How do our day-to-day routines build learner agency? During this interactive session, come practice proven strategies and techniques that create a learning culture that values every learner, harnesses the power of learner agency, and shifts the environment from teacher-centric to learner-centric. Participants will leave ready to take their first steps toward a culture that can foster and sustain personalized learning." See the full conference schedule here.
March 31, 2017
SchoolHack Solutions is joining the Highlander Institute, the Christensen Institute, and the Learning Accelerator to meet with the best classroom, school, and district administrators from across the country at the 2017 Blended & Personalized Learning Conference. This conference brings together educators and educational leaders that are working to bring implementation of blended and personalized learning strategies to their schools and districts. We look forward to seeing our friends and colleagues and meeting new innovators in Providence!
March 23, 2017
SchoolHack is excited to attend the School Redesign in Action Conference- the New England Secondary School Consortium’s eighth annual conference for educators and stakeholders from across the country. The conference is being hosted by the NESSC- a regional partnership that promotes forward-thinking innovations in the design and delivery of secondary education across New England. The five partner states—Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont—work together to close persistent achievement gaps and promote greater educational equity and opportunity for all students. to share success stories, exchange best practices, and continue to build momentum for innovations that will prepare all students for success in the colleges, careers, and communities of the 21st century.
March 21, 2017
SchoolHack Solutions and Personalized Learning in Vermont Featured in Hechinger Report Feature Story
"A Statewide School Reform Gains Fans and Concerns While Letting Students Learn at Their Own Pace"
Read the story about Vermont students and schools focusing learning around student voice and choice while using LiFT to power their learning.
March 16, 2017
SchoolHack Hosts LiFT Pioneer Gathering
On March 22, 2017, SchoolHack will host a discussion with LiFT pioneers and innovators from around the country to share ideas and discuss their transition to personalized learning. Facilitated by ACSD learning expert Judy Carr, the conversation will cover important topics including:
- Competency-based curriculum design
- Understanding evidence of learning
- Reporting & Tracking proficiency
- Identifying benchmarks and competencies
- Creating personalized curriculum
- Developing and fostering learner agency
Judy F. Carr is a senior consultant, facilitator, and instructional leadership coach with the Center for Curriculum Renewal LLC. She works with schools, districts, and statewide organizations to build systems to support high student performance through learner-centered, learning focused (e.g., competencies or standards and associated indicators) curriculum, instruction, and assessment design and implementation. Carr has extensive experience leading professional learning and working as a coach with administrators, teachers and teacher leaders in grades pre-K–12 . She was co-facilitator of Vermont’s first Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities, and she has been an associate professor and scholar in residence in the Educational Leadership Program at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. Carr was also formerly an Assistant Professor in the Secondary Education program at Trinity College of Vermont and a faculty member for ASCD, where she designed and facilitated national leadership institutes and created online courses and webinars for school administrators, teacher leaders, and district leaders. In 1995, she was recipient of the Second Annual Vermont ASCD Outstanding Curriculum Leadership Award.
Carr’s has long been committed to the three core elements on which LiFT is constructed – learner voice and choice, building on interests, and personalized and relevant curriculum. This includes collaborative work to design truly integrated, community-based studies and co-construction of curriculum based on defined learning expectations AND learner strengths, interests, and needs. She has worked with Reggio-Emilia inspired schools, two-person partner teams in the middle grades, and integrated high school ninth-grade “transition” programs, as well as with a variety of types of K-12 programs in small and large school districts. She works with teachers, school administrators and district leaders to build capacity for successful implementation by creating protocols, tools, and templates for district-wide design of curriculum, instruction and assessment; conducting curriculum reviews and supporting curriculum development; facilitating summer Leadership Institutes for school-based implementation teams and district leaders to plan strategic actions to bring learning expectations, personalized and engaged student learning and data-informed instruction to routine use in all classrooms. Carr has extensive experience conducting professional development through small and large-group facilitation, workshops and webinars for principals, teachers and teacher leaders, leadership seminars, and both individual and small-group virtual or on-site coaching with school and district administrators.
Carr is coauthor or coeditor of the following books and online courses: Leading Professional Learning: Building Capacity Through Teacher Leaders (ASCD, 2013); Leadership: Implementing the Common Core State Standards (ASCD, 2012) Leading for Inclusion (Teachers College Press, 2011); Improving Standards-Based Learning: A Process Guide for Educational Leaders (Corwin Press, 2009); Teaching and Leading from the Inside Out (Corwin Press, 2008); “A Pig Don’t Get Fatter The More You Weigh It:” Classroom Assessment That Works (Teachers College Press, 2007); Creating Dynamic Schools Through Mentoring, Coaching, and Collaboration (ASCD, 2005); Succeeding With Standards: Linking Curriculum, Assessment, and Action Planning (ASCD, 2001); How to Use Standards in the Classroom (ASCD, 1996); and Integrated Studies in the Middle Grades: Dancing Through Walls (Teachers College Press, 1993).
For more information, contact SchoolHack: email@example.com
February 23, 2017
SchoolHack Solutions to attend Mid-Atlantic Conference on Personalized Learning in Baltimore, MD
SchoolHack Solutions is excited to join Personalized Learning educators and leaders at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Conference on Personalized Learning (MACPL) "Innovating Education For All Learners" in Baltimore, MD February 27-March 1, 2017. This conference is for those transforming education in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the US. Featuring more than 90 dynamic and interactive sessions focused on personalizing learning for K-12 students, Vermont educator and Rowland Fellow Gabrielle Marquette from Enosburg Middle/High School will be presenting "What it Takes to Transition to Competency Ed" on how Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union in Vermont is creating true learner-centric systems in transitioning from Carnegie units to a competency-based graduation framework. Along with Thierry Uwilingiyimana, Gabrielle will be discussing a range of common challenges in the transition to personalized, competency-based learning including: educator buy-in, redesigning content curriculum in a competency framework, defining competency, establishing benchmarks, accommodating self-paced learning, and strategies to communicate redesign with community members and parents. Learn more about the session here.
February 16, 2017
Thierry Uwilingiyimana joins SchoolHack Solutions
We are pleased to announce that Thierry Uwilingiyimana has joined our SchoolHack team as Product Director for the company. Thierry comes to SchoolHack as a former-founder and leader of two education startups. He co-founded ClassTracks, Inc. and worked with founders of Acton Academy to introduce to the area a progressive lower and upper elementary school built on Montessori principles. Born in Rwanda, Thierry and his family came to the United States seeking asylum from the war-torn country. Thierry studied at Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in Engineering. He spent several years in software development then received his MBA in Entrepreneurship at the Acton School of Business in Austin, TX. Since business school, Thierry’s work has entirely been and remains on meaningful integration and use of technology to realize the vision of student-centered and learner-driven environments. At SchoolHack, Thierry's focus is on product development and integration and he works closely with the SchoolHack management team in market and channel development.
February 9, 2017
We are so excited to join UP for Learning, a educational nonprofit dedicated to elevating student-adult partnerships in shaping Vermont schools, at the Vermont statehouse on February 15 as lawmakers honor the student songwriters who created the "Our Time" project. You can view their video and song here
Over the summer, a group of students worked with Cabot music teacher Brian Boyes and UP for Learning to create "Our Time," an original song and music video inspired by the Act 77: Flexible Pathways initiative. The students also worked with Ned Castle of the Vermont Folklife Center to produce a companion film, "Talking Our Time," about the process of creating the song and its resonance with the language of Act 77. The students are being honored at the Statehouse on February 15 with a resolution designating "Our Time" the official state education song, and will be meeting members of the House Ed committee, as well as holding a press conference. See the "Talking Our Time" video here
We are so proud of the students, educators and dedicated professionals who brought this vision to life and celebrate the amazing work of Vermont's Up For Learning organization!
January 23, 2017
SchoolHack Solutions to attend LearnLaunch "Across Boundaries" Event in Boston
SchoolHack is excited to be attending the LearnLaunch Across Boundaries conference which brings together educators, education administrators, technology innovators and an entire community who is interested in driving innovation to transform learning and increase achievement using digital technologies. Join us in Boston on February 2-3, 2017!
January 6, 2017
SchoolHack Solutions CEO and Co-Founder David Lipkin Invited to Participate in Education Reimagined's Pioneer Lab
SchoolHack's David Lipkin will be joining this month's Pioneer Lab with Kathleen McClaskey, Personalized Learning expert and co-founder of Personalize Learning. Together, David and Kathleen will be working with national leaders to influence and help steer the learner-centered education movement.
Education Reimagined, an initiative of Convergence, arose out of an 18-month dialogue to re-imagine education among 28 ideologically diverse practitioners and leaders. This group of innovators emerged with "A Transformational Vision for Education in the US" which sets out the fundamental transformation of the current school-centered education system to one that is learner-centered.
With the vision signatories now serving on the Advisory Board, Education Reimagined is committed to making learner-centered education available to every child in the US. This group seeks to accelerate the growth and impact of the Learner-Centered Education Movement in the United States, by:
Finding and encouraging learner-centered pioneers already at work in communities, school systems, policy arenas, and the education profession—to grow the number of active champions of learner-centered education;
Bringing diverse movement pioneers together who wouldn’t otherwise engage with one another and creating the conditions for their effective collaboration and innovation; and
Sharing the possibility of learner-centered education with a broad spectrum of education stakeholder groups—to attract new pioneers and to grow support for pioneering efforts.
We are excited and honored to be part of this pioneering group of dedicated educational professionals working together in this tremendous shift in education throughout the US.
December 12, 2016
SchoolHack Solutions featured in Addison County's Addison Independent
"Big growth and a big vision are powering start-up educational software firm"
MIDDLEBURY — A little more than a year ago, the SchoolHack Solutions had just one official employee and it was beta testing its personalized learning software with three schools in Vermont.
Today the Middlebury company boasts nine employees and its “LiFT” software has been adopted by 20 Vermont schools and a growing number nationwide.
And just recently the Vermont Economic Development Authority awarded the startup $350,000 in working capital through a low-interest loan.
For founders Josie Jordan and David Lipkin, SchoolHack is far more than a business. The husband and wife team — a former educator and former school-based clinician — envisions their product as a means to revolutionize education.
“Our mission is to help make learning an uplifting experience for all kids,” said Lipkin. “We know by understanding kids’ interests and needs and goals and the whole person that learning becomes relevant and their experience is more enjoyable. Therefore they learn better and faster, and there’s more motivation.”
November 23, 2016
SchoolHack Solutions ed tech design story told by our partners at Green River in Brattleboro, VT. It's the story of how we put student-centered pedagogy into LiFT- step by step.
November 4, 2016
SchoolHack Solutions Awarded $350,000 from State of Vermont
SchoolHack is excited to announce that the company has been awarded a new VEAC loan to help create jobs and to expand personalized learning in Vermont. The funding was awarded by the Vermont Economic Development Agency as part of a competitive loan review through the Windham County Economic Development Program. "This investment in SchoolHack’s Windham County operation helps to add high tech jobs which is aligned with our region’s CEDS,” said R.T. Brown, Project Manager for the Windham County Economic Development Program. “We are pleased to support an innovative Vermont company in taking the next step to succeed on the national level.”
November 1, 2016
Schoolhack Solutions Partners with The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
SchoolHack Solutions is pleased to announce our recent partnership with the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education and have curated their Education for Sustainability standards (EfS) for use within the LiFT personalized learning platform. These powerful learning targets can be used to weave the sustainability mindset seamlessly into content area rubrics and transferable skills. This joining of EfS with personalization and proficiencies is an essential means to accelerate student ownership, civic responsibility, and community engagement.
October 19, 2017
Christine E. Lund, M. Ed. joins SchoolHack Team
SchoolHack is pleased to announce the addition of Chris Lund to its staff of dedicated educational professionals. Chris possesses extensive experience in educational technology, product development and sales. As a manager and sales representative for several successful education companies, Chris has helped to develop, sell and implement solutions for comprehensive systemic school improvement, preK-12 at-risk and special student populations, digital assessment, reading, and math programs across the U.S. At SchoolHack, Chris will work with administrators and educators to bring LiFT to schools throughout the country. Chris loves to take road trips, hike, cycle, play tennis and golf and is an avid reader, movie and coffee fan.
October 12, 2016
Josie Jordan, President and co-founder of SchoolHack Solutions, will be attending the MassCue Fall Technology Conference in Foxboro, MA, October 19-20, 2016. MassCUE is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE) and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S.). Both organizations recognize the benefits of a collaborative partnership that focuses on the collective interests of the state's school districts. Josie will be joining educators from across the Commonwealth and New England to share SchoolHack's innovative LiFT personalized learning platform. Stop by the Learn/Launch Innovation Space and say hello!
October 11, 2016
SchoolHack Solutions to attend the iNACOL 2016 Blended and Online Learning Symposium
Innovation for Equity + Redefining Success
David Lipkin, founder and CEO of SchoolHack Solutions, will be at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium October 25-28 in San Antonio, TX. David will be participating in professional sessions and is looking forward to meeting with educators, administrators and friends. He would love to meet with anyone interested in learning about SchoolHack and LiFT- the easy-to-use but powerful digital system that enables teachers and administrators to implement strategies that connect students to academic achievement and career readiness. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 888.502.LiFT to schedule some time with David in Texas.
September 6, 2016
SchoolHack Solutions to attend first Roundtable at Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation
SchoolHack Solutions is honored to participate in the first Technology and Communications Roundtable discussion on September 22, 2016 at the Business Cluster Initiative in Brattleboro, VT. With recent State of Vermont Department of Labor funding, numerous education, business development institutions, and businesses fueling the economy of Windham County are working with the BDCC to support workforce and community development in the region. As part of this initiative, a new Workforce Development program will be launched this fall throughout all of Windham County’s public high schools entitled Fast Tracks to Success. This program provides local employers unparalleled access to the next generation of Vermont's best and brightest employees. LiFT salutes these efforts and looks forward to participating.
September 2, 2016
SchoolHack Solutions Welcomes Marvin Kendrick as Client Services Manager
SchoolHack Solutions is pleased to announce the appointment of Marvin Kendrick to the position of Client Services Manager for users of SchoolHack's LiFT Personalized Learning software. Marvin comes to SchoolHack with 12 years of experience at Green River of Brattleboro, Vermont in technical and user support management for web-based software. Marvin will work with schools to assist in their integration of the LiFT platform into classrooms and support technical aspects of the user experience. Marvin’s expertise with back end data, database management and custom data reporting will allow the company to provide important feedback to LiFT clients based on specific customer needs. Marvin's prior endeavors include commercial photography, 3 dimensional studio arts and the creation of fine gardens and stone walls in Southern Vermont and Southwestern Connecticut. He continues to take beautiful photographs and resides in Saxtons River with his wife and children.
August 22, 2016
Liam Corcoran becomes lead for Community Development and Support at SchoolHack Solutions
Liam Corcoran joins the SchoolHack team where he offers the student perspective, his personal experience with student centered learning and a background in human development and pedagogy. Liam entered a personalized learning program his senior year of high school and as a student of SchoolHack co-founder Josie Jordan, found a passion for learning and a desire to teach. Liam studied social entrepreneurship at Champlain College and developed a platform for personal and communal empowerment. A volunteer and member of the Community Advisory Committee at the Community Justice Center in Burlington, Liam brings his social and personal work to SchoolHack and will be assisting in the implementation of the LiFT platform to schools and organizations, helping the student voice be heard and connecting schools, learners and the outside community with one another. Liam is a lifelong Vermonter committed to empowering the local economy and environment, a passionate explorer of the outdoors as well as an artist.
August 8, 2016
Dr. Kevin Hytten joins Executive Team at SchoolHack Solutions
SchoolHack Solutions is pleased to announce the addition of Kevin Hytten, Ed.D. as Chief Operations Office to its Bristol, Vermont-based company.
"Kevin brings a wide range of qualifications to his role as COO which will assist us in steering our organization as we continue to grow" says David Lipkin, CEO of SchoolHack Solutions. "His professional experience in executive leadership, technology and operations management is a perfect fit for our expanding needs and he will be in integral part of the management team."
Dr. Hytten holds several advanced degrees in leadership, education, information technology and managing innovation. He has served as an administrator and educator in higher education at Syracuse University, the University of Vermont and Champlain College. Most recently, Dr. Hytten was the Chief Information and Operations Officer for a high tech virtual reality software company and a Senior Client Services Consultant in the healthcare industry. Dr. Hytten is a trained team building facilitator with over 20 years experience supervising and managing complex human resource and technology issues.
As Chief Operations Officer at SchoolHack Solutions, Dr. Hytten will oversee a wide-range of SchoolHack initiatives on both the client and technology facing sides of the business. "Kevin has a unique capacity to understand the technological intricacies of our product platform while at the same time bringing managerial leadership skills to our workforce", says Lipkin. "We are very fortunate to have him as part of our executive team and look forward to his work with both our customers and our professional staff."
Dr. Hytten lives in Shelburne, VT with his family and enjoys time with family, running, hiking, skiing, kayaking, Taekwon-Do, photography, movies, a house full of pets, driving with the top down, exploring innovative technologies, and tackling home improvement projects.
August 5, 2016
SchoolHack Solutions President and Co-founder Josie Jordan featured in Vermont Life's Autumn 2016 issue
July 21, 2016
SchoolHack Solutions Adds Gary Obermeyer to School Design Team
SchoolHack Solutions is pleased to announce the addition of Gary Obermeyer to its team of education professionals developing and marketing LiFT™ - the company’s student-centered, personalized learning platform.
“We are excited to have Gary’s expertise and creativity on our team” says David Lipkin, CEO of SchoolHack Solutions. “Gary brings years of experience supporting school improvement and understands the needs of schools as they shift to competency based education and build increased capacity for personalized learning.”
Obermeyer’s perspective on education includes 16 years as a classroom teacher while also serving in a series of appointed and elected leadership positions at the local, state, and national level of the National Education Association (from 1980-86 as a member of the Executive Committee). Since 1986, he has worked as a school change consultant with Learning Options - engaged in designing, developing, and delivering online networking tools and strategies aimed at building capacity for students, teachers, and parents to co-create learner-centered and community-connected schools.
“I am thrilled with the timing of this opportunity,” says Obermeyer, “the approach that SchoolHack has taken - putting the passions and interests of students at the center of the lesson planning process - is an essential starting point for personalized learning. I’ve explored many software platforms promoted as the answer to personalized, competency-based learning and have found LiFT to be in a class by itself, supporting whole systems. In particular, I can easily see how LiFT enables teachers and administrators to design/track professional learning goals and maintain portfolios for relicensure, reflection, and growth.
Obermeyer lives in Portland, Oregon, and will work with the Schoolhack team to bring this exciting software to schools and organizations throughout the Northwest.
March 9, 2016
Schoolhack Solutions President Josie Jordan appears on CBS affiliate WCAX Evening News
Josie Jordan, Personalized Learning teacher and President of SchoolHack Solutions, recently appeared on WCAX-TV's the :30 segment to discuss the LiFT™ Personalized Learning software platform being used in schools throughout the state of Vermont and across the country. Watch the full segment here.
January 20, 2016
SchoolHack Hires Ed McGuire to Management Team
Personalized Learning Educator to Join Educational Software Company
SchoolHack Solutions of Bristol, Vermont is pleased to announce the hiring of Ed McGuire to its management team of educational professionals. The company is currently offering its LiFT™ personalized learning platform to schools throughout the country.
“We are excited to have Ed as part of our management team” says David Lipkin, CEO of SchoolHack Solutions. “Ed understands the needs of schools as they shift to competency based education and personalized learning and was one of the first authors and builders of this movement throughout the state as well as the country.”
McGuire served on the Vermont Framework of Standards, and in 1999 on the original High Schools on the Move task force. High Schools on the Move produced 12 principles of personalized learning which, in turn, became the basis for Act 77 - the Vermont Agency of Education mandate requiring all schools to offer students in grades seven through twelve flexible pathways to graduation.
A graduate of St. Michael’s College, McGuire taught math and science for more than 20 years at the middle and high school levels as well as holding the position of Director of Guidance at Mt. Abraham Union High School. While there, McGuire created the Horizons Department - a program of personalized learning opportunities for students including: independent studies, senior projects, internships, and dual-enrollment in colleges for high school credit. McGuire also created two middle and one high school course focused on student goal-setting, connecting students to potential careers and college after graduation, as well as helping students create portfolios of 'best work' for college and job applications.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the LiFT™ team” says McGuire, “This platform is the vehicle through which all students have the opportunity to follow their interests and passions and teachers and schools can offer educational outcomes not previously available. LiFT™ is by far the best Personalized Learning platform in the country. I am looking forward to helping schools implement this into their educational frameworks.”
McGuire and his wife currently live in New Haven where he is active on a number of community and school boards and is the co-coach with his wife of the Mt. Abraham rowing team. McGuire will work alongside David Lipkin and Josie Jordan, co-founders of LiFT™, to bring this exciting software to schools and organizations throughout the country.
October 7, 2015
Vermont's Push For Personalized Learning on VPR
Josie Jordan, President of SchoolHack Solutions and Tom Alderman, Director of Secondary and Adult Education for the Vermont Agency of Education discuss Personalized Learning on Vermont Edition with Jane Lindholm of Vermont Public Radio
October 1, 2015
Vermont’s SchoolHack Solutions launches LiFT
Vermont Educators Help Schools Implement ACT 77
SchoolHack Solutions of Bristol, Vermont has launched a new educational software technology designed to leverage the power of personalized learning plans for all students.
“LiFT™ is a game-changer for schools and districts implementing personalized learning because it addresses the needs of students, educators, and administrators alike,” states SchoolHack co-founder, Josie Jordan. “Our platform recognizes learning wherever and whenever it happens, both inside and outside school. LiFT™ puts that learning into a form that teachers can manage and assess, efficiently meeting a very difficult challenge: creating quality curriculum that capitalizes on the unique interests and goals of every student.”
Founded by educators with extensive experience delivering personalized learning in many school settings, SchoolHack developed LiFT™ as a response to states mandating personalized learning plans (PLP’s) across the country. LiFT™ goes beyond the standard PLP to provide a systemic solution that helps schools make the shift to authentic personalized learning, providing metrics to track effectiveness along the way. “We’re asking schools facing PLP mandates and new accountability standards, ‘Why just comply, when you could thrive?’” says David Lipkin, SchoolHack’s co-founder and CEO. “Done right, PLP’s are the ticket to an empowering, engaging, efficient, flexible, cost-effective, first-rate educational system.”
Developed in partnership with Vermont software companies GreenRiver and GameTheory, LiFT™ offers students a fun yet rigorous method to increase self-awareness, motivation, and independence. For teachers and administrators, LiFT™ provides an easy-to-use, integrated workspace for professional development, curriculum planning, communication, assessment, and progress monitoring. “We’re pleased that teachers and administrators in a variety of educational settings – elementary, middle, and high schools – have signed on for the beta test seeing the great potential of LiFT™ to transform learning,” says SchoolHack’s Chief Creative Officer, Josie Jordan.
The release is particularly timely in Vermont with Act 77 requiring PLP’s and flexible pathways for all students. LiFT™ provides a practical way to realize the vision Governor Shumlin outlined in his State of Vermont report: “We’re working to ensure that high school students have opportunities to engage beyond their day-to-day curriculum. By creating flexible pathways to secondary school completion, we’re increasing Vermont students’ individual options while fostering a connection between school and careers.”