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

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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.