What is LIFT?
The Leadership and Inquiry for Turnaround (LIFT) is a comprehensive professional learning experience for leaders of schools who are on their way to transforming Utah’s lowest performing schools into places where all students succeed and excel. Offered by the Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) in collaboration with WestEd’s Center on School Turnaround and West Comprehensive Center, the LIFT program is based on Utah’s leadership standards as well as principles for professional learning, improvement science, and community of practice development.
Who is involved?
LIFT is the leadership support and development component of the Utah Legislature’s SB 235 (sponsored by Senator Niederhauser). As described in statute, this School Leadership Development Program aims to increase the number of highly effective school leaders capable of initiating, achieving, and sustaining school improvement efforts. LIFT aims to support a cadre of leadership experts across the state. Leaders from schools identified in the lowest performing 3% of schools statewide, according to the percentage of possible points earned under the school grading system, are invited to participate in LIFT.