Machitia
means, "to teach someone something" in Nahuatl
The Mexica/Aztec people did not use letters for their written language of Nahuatl. They used drawings. The symbol of the logo Machitia is actually the word "yolotl" which means "heart".

The word "machitia" means "teach". So when you put the word machitia and the symbol/logo it brings together the phrase "heart teach" or "teach heart".

Product:
For educators dedicated to lifelong learning
Machitia is designed to help educators dedicated to education for liberation to improve their lesson plans, apply various pedagogies, and build community. Machitia will make it easier for educators to create, collaborate, and share transformative lesson plans.

You can learn more about the product in the Helpful Stuff to Know section at the end of the page.
Joél-Léhi Organista
Founder
Born in Mexico City, Mexico but raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He created his own Bachelors degree titled Social Justice Pedagogy, and received his first Masters degree in Sociology and Education from Columbia University, Teachers College. Second Masters in Business Creation from the University of Utah's Business School.

He is the youngest elected School Board Member on the Salt Lake City School District. Joél-Léhi is the National President of the Education for Liberation Network.

He has been a leader in the Education Justice Movement for over ten years. Has taught inside and outside the classroom Health, Ethnic Studies, English, Spanish, Karate and Dance.

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Joél-Léhi Organista
Founder
Born in Mexico City, Mexico but raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He created his own Bachelors degree titled Social Justice Pedagogy, and received his first Masters degree in Sociology and Education from Columbia University, Teachers College. Second Masters in Business Creation from the University of Utah's Business School.

He is the youngest elected School Board Member on the Salt Lake City School District. Joél-Léhi is the National President of the Education for Liberation Network.

He has been a leader in the Education Justice Movement for over ten years. Has taught inside and outside the classroom Health, Ethnic Studies, English, Spanish, Karate and Dance.

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CV
Our Story
Joél-Léhi Organista is telling the story
After 10 years of leading nationally within an educator network called Education for Liberation, I constantly came across educators complain about not having a platform where they can create, collaborate, and share lesson plans they create. They constantly only used google docs and then shared the links on facebook to do this.

2 years ago in 2018, one of the educators within that network challenged me to create the platform. I took an elective course on Ed Tech during my last semester during my Masters in Education at Columbia University. For my final I created the first version of my Proto.io prototype. After graduating from Columbia, I moved back home to Salt Lake City, Utah on May 2018.


I used these past two years to focus on connecting with educators across the country to validate and update my prototype. Through this process I got lots of feedback on what features should be in Machitia, how the platform should feel, and then published a chapter in a book through Columbia University about Machitia in 2019. Also in 2019, I was named as one of Utah's 20 in their 20s.

During these past two years I have diligently worked on getting organizations that have educators as members to sign LOI. Currently, I have within those signed LOI around 85,000 educators that are affiliated within the organizations that are very interested in potentially using Machitia.

I will start my second masters program this August, but this time in Business Creation at the University of Utah. It's fully paid for anyone accepted to the program. It's a 9 month program to have me launch my startup. By next May 2021, Machitia will for sure officially not only launch, but have various users already using it from the group of educators within the LOI signed organizations.
Timeline
Establish Machitia
Summer 2020 we are establishing Machitia
Build MVP
MVP (minimum viable product)
By Nov/Dec 2020 have a strong MVP
Beta Users
Once we have a functioning MVP we will have onboard beta users
Launch
Our big goal is to have a big launch by April/May 2021
Helpful Stuff to Know
If you're applying, I highly recommend you are familiar with everything below.
Pitch Deck
In the pitch deck you'll find information like our market, validation, competition, business model, current traction, and advisors.
Proto.io Prototype
Joél-Léhi by himself created the prototype during the past 2 years through feedback from educators.
Video Demo
The video demo is of Joél-Léhi going through the prototype. Gives you an idea of the feel we want the product to be like.
Book Chapter
Joél-Léhi published this chapter in a book through Columbia University on what the Circles of Liberation are and the theoretical frameworks of users.
FAQ
What is Machitia as the product?
Machitia is a web application for educators already dedicated to improving their pedagogy in culturally responsive ways. It's one central place where they can create, collaborate, and share lesson plans on any subject highlighting real-life examples of best practices of theoretical frameworks like disability critical race theory, biliteracy, culturally sustaining pedagogy, trauma-informed practices, queer theory, and decolonizing theory. Education for Liberation.
What is Machitia as an org/company?
Machitia as an org/company will follow the four values of Decolonization, Liberation, Ed Justice, and Creative Genius.

It will be based in Salt Lake City, Utah, but can have our team working remotely.
Who's in the current team?
Within the Pitch Deck in the Helpful Stuff to Know section, you can find our Team and list of advisors which includes a technical advisor.
Who's the ideal team member?
You might be the ideal team member!

We want someone that will be there longterm! We want you to gradually move to do this full time.

Our four values are super important! We want someone that has already started the process of decolonization. We want someone that not only might know about the circles of liberation themes, but practice them. This means they usually are coming from marginalized/oppressed communities. They could be a person of color, LGBTQIA+, have a disability, etc. We also want someone that has experience and a huge passion for education justice. Creativity is also important since we want Creative Genius to enable innovation.

Location! We will be working remotely because of the pandemic. However, we want to prioritize those that live (or will at some point in the future move) in Utah. We then expand our circle to those that live in the US if we cannot find a local person.
Join Team Interest Form
We are open to having people fill out our Join Team Interest Form.
Support us!
Want to support us? You can fill out these forms to stay updated or be a potential beta user, petition to help us get funded.
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