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The Assist Learning podcast is dedicated to helping teachers and families assist students with learning disabilities. In this podcast, we explore the intersection of instructional technology and special education.

Nov 13, 2017

Host, Jennifer Cronk speaks with Dee Lanier.

Originally from Southern California, “Sociologist turned Technologist,” Dee Lanier is a passionate and energetic educator and learner with over a decade of instructional experience on the K-12 and collegiate level. Dee holds Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Sociology with special interests in education, race relations, and inequality.

Dee served at Crossroads Charter High School as a full-time Vocational Studies teacher, Testing Coordinator and Title I Director then went on to become the Technology Catalyst for the Lower School at Trinity Episcopal School. He also was the Executive Director of a nonprofit called UNCOMMEN. Most recently, Dee served on the board of Charlotte Lab School then worked as the school’s STEM Specialist and Tech Coach.

Dee and his wife have four wonderful children.

You can find him online at @deelanier and

Resources and Highlights:

Design Thinking is a cycle

  • Empathy- whom does this problem affect?
  • Define- the problem
  • Ideate- (bad ideas welcome)
  • Prototype- design or model/presentation/process
  • Test- Put out to the people it is meant to serve.


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Interested in having Dee come to your school, district, or event?

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