Who We Are

PowerUp WHAT WORKS at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) builds on the work of the Center on Technology Implementation (CTI), an AIR project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) from 2009-2015. This grant involved a collaborative partnership with staff from CAST and EDC who contributed their expertise and knowledge of Universal Design for Learning, best practices in teaching and learning supported with technology, and technical assistance. We would like to acknowledge the contributions of David Rose (co-founder, CAST) and Judith Zorfass (associate center director, EDC)

American Institutes for Research (AIR) Team

AIR is one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. Our overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life.

AIR Staff


  • Xinsheng “Cindy” Cai, Ph.D., AIR
  • Steve Leinwand, M.A., AIR
  • Cynthia Overton, Ph.D., AIR
  • David Rose, Ed.D., CAST
  • David Gordon, MFA, CAST
  • Grace Meo, M.A., CAST
  • Elizabeth Murray, Sc.D., CAST
  • Ge Vue, M.A., CAST
  • Judith Zorfass, Ed.D., EDC
  • Bob Duncan, EDC
  • Neil Schiavo, M.A., EDC
  • Tina Bloom, M.S., M.Ed., EDC
  • Robert Kennedy, Ph.D., University of Virginia

What's New on POWERUP?

AIR Informs Episode #6: Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities During COVID-19

Remote learning requires adjustment for all students, but students with disabilities face additional challenges during the COVID-19 quarantine. In the latest episode of AIR Informs, Allison Gandhi, managing researcher and director of AIR’s special education practice area, describes some of these obstacles and shares strategies to help students make the most of this time.