Lauren Acree is a Research Associate at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation where she serves as the Policy and Personalized Learning Lead. Currently, Lauren leads the Learning Differences MOOC-Ed and micro-credentialing teams. She has developed content for the Leadership in Blended Learning program, contributed to the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, and the State Leaders in Digital Learning Course. Lauren has also worked closely with the Alliance for Excellent Education and the U.S. Department of Education to plan and facilitate sessions for the Future Ready initiative to district teams across the nation. Prior to working at the Friday Institute, she worked as a special education teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Lauren earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia and her Master in Public Policy from Duke University.