The Friday Institute

State Digital Learning Exemplars: Highlights from states leading change through policies and funding

About the authors

Lauren Acree is a Research Associate at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation where she serves as the Policy Analysis and Professional Learning Lead. Currently, Lauren is the project manager for the Learning Differences MOOC-Ed and 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. In the coming months, Lauren will work with the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Department of Education to facilitate 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 of Public Policy from Duke University.

Christine Fox is the Director of Educational Leadership & Research for SETDA. She facilitates the members’ professional learning opportunities including planning and implementing the content for SETDA’s virtual and in-person events and biweekly news briefs. In addition, she manages many of SETDA’s research and product development projects from conception to publication. The management of such projects includes coordinating data collection from all states, supervising consultants and staff, ensuring member input and supervising the publishing process. Recent publications and projects include The Broadband Imperative, From Data to Information and the State Education Policy Center ( Christine Fox’s background includes experience in education and consulting. She has worked as an educational consultant and curriculum developer for a national whole school reform model, ESOL Coordinator and 3rd grade teacher. Christine has a Masters of Science in Teaching English as a Second Language from Florida International University and received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida State University.