What is PowerUp WHAT WORKS?

Be the teacher they remember!

PowerUp can make this happen. For teachers, PowerUp offers you resources, strategies, and practical tips to personalize your instruction with technology to meet the needs of struggling students. For administrators, PowerUp provides you with the tools necessary to build an effective, school-wide technology infrastructure to transform teaching and learning. Although educators recognize the value and potential benefit of technology for students with disabilities, there are few places to find reliable information, curated resources, guidance, and support.

PowerUp provides resources and tools that represent best practices in instruction, the principles of Universal Design for Learning and the integration of technology to enhance teaching and learning.

PowerUp Meets You Where You Are

With an increased demand for technologies that are accessible to all users, including those with cognitive and mental disabilities –- many assistive technology features are moving into mainstream educational technology. Moving forward, rapid changes in technology will continue to shape the future of special education, blurring the lines between assistive technology and mainstream educational technology. PowerUp is ready to meet you where you are, with the resources and tools you have in your school and classrooms, to help you ensure that every student succeeds.

Why AIR?

For more than 20 years, American Institutes for Research (AIR) has been a leader in assistive and educational technology research and technical assistance projects to support education as they navigate the shifting technology landscape in special education. Based on our experience and expertise, AIR provides targeted technical assistance to support state, district, and school leaders as they use technology to unlock the strengths of all students, including those with disabilities.

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What's New on POWERUP?

Use Technology Tools to Support Formative Assessment!

How can technology tools support teachers in their use of formative assessment across different subject areas to better serve the needs of struggling students? Read our new blog post to learn about how technology tools for formative assessment can help you better personalize instruction to meet the needs of your students.