Who We Are

We inspire and educate all stakeholders to foster learning innovations

The Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative (PL2C) promotes pedagogical shifts in digital learning environments in order to inspire, innovate and coach.

Nancy PD smWe engage educators at all levels to provide research based, job-embedded models and approaches for strategic planning  and professional development with the belief that students deserve access to equitable, personalized learning experiences.

Our coaches are educational leaders who have extensive experience in strategic planning, leadership support and development, data-driven decision-making and professional development planning and design – all as they relate to digital learning programs. Our professional development is customized and tailored to fit the current needs of your schools and districts with a focus on adaptive student-centered approaches that provide concrete, quality, purposeful, reflective practices supported through technology. Learn more about what we do.

The PL2C Team


Our dedicated team are educational leaders who have extensive experience in strategic planning, leadership support and development, data-driven decision-making and professional development planning and design – all as they relate to digital learning programs. All the professional development designed is customized and tailored to fit educators’ unique and current needs in schools and districts.

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Lauren Acree

Research Associate
Work Phone: (919) 513-8577

Biography

Where is your hometown?
Lexington, Kentuky

Describe your work with the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative.
I am a research associate with the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative. I research ways to best prepare teachers and leaders for the Digital Transition in North Carolina, strategies to help new teachers work with students and their many learning differences, and helping state leaders leverage technology in their own states.

How did your come to work with the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative?
While I was a Special Education teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma I fell in love with policy and education. So, I went back to get my Master’s degree at Duke before making the move to NCSU and the DLC team!

My favorite pastime is…
Dancing, running, singing in the car on road trips, getting ice cream, and morning walks with my puppy.

My greatest strength is…
The support of my friends and family.

Publications / Awards
“School Climate and Student Achievement” for the Tennessee Department of Education
Sue Lehman Award for Excellence in Teaching – regional winner