Alise Brann is a senior researcher at AIR and has more than ten years of experience in special education and assistive and educational technology. Her work focuses on providing technical assistance and professional development on the use of technology tools to facilitate access to academic content for students with disabilities. She currently serves as deputy director on the Center for Technology Implementation (CTI), a project focusing on the use of evidence-based practices in technology to improve teaching and learning for students with disabilities.
Brann's current work includes the design, development and updating of interactive content and platforms for the PowerUp WHAT WORKS website (CTI), as well as creating content and resources to help teachers more effectively integrate technology tools into their classrooms. Relevant writings include: Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools; Speech Recognition for Learning; Blogs, Wikis and Text Messaging: What are the Implications for Students with Disabilities?; Using Technology to Support Struggling Students in Science; Captioned Media: Literacy Support for Diverse Learners, a chapter in Breakthrough Teaching & Learning: How Educational and Assistive Technologies are Driving Innovation, and a chapter in the book Technology Tools for Students with Autism.
Prior to joining AIR, as research associate at Education Development Center, Inc., Brann contributed to a variety of projects related to special education and technology integration, including CITEd, the National Center for Supported e-Text in Electronic Environments (NCSeT), and Addressing Accessibility in Middle School Mathematics.