Lauren is a Research Associate and leads the Learning Differences 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 also worked closely with the Alliance for Excellent Education and the 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, and a Fellow at the Tennessee Department of Education. Lauren earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia and her Master in Public Policy from Duke University.