TUCKER CAPITAL SERVES AS EXCLUSIVE ADVISOR TO PBS IN ITS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE EDCAMP FOUNDATION
Teacher-Led Gatherings Create Space for Learning and Connection in Communities Nationwide
Princeton, NJ – October 4, 2017 – Tucker Capital served as exclusive advisors to PBS in developing a national partnership that will create opportunities for early childhood and elementary school educators across the country to engage in peer-to-peer learning and to network with other teachers.
At the center of this partnership is a shared belief that teachers are the heart of the learning ecosystem and deserve focused allies. The initiative will kick off with a series of PBS Edcamp gatherings produced in partnership with PBS member stations and will use Edcamp’s “unconference” professional development model, in which teachers lead their own learning experiences.
“Our goal at PBS is to support educators, especially those who teach young children and connect them with one another to spark innovation in the classroom,” said Sara Schapiro, Vice President, PBS Education. “We recognize the need for strong peer-to-peer teacher networks, and Edcamp is the finest teacher community-building force in the country. Furthermore, Tucker Capital acted as our thought partners from the very inception of this idea. Their guidance and assistance has been invaluable,” said Schapiro.
“We are proud to bring PBS to a partner that has such mission fervor and educator focus,” said Taylor Smith of Tucker Capital.
The PBS-Edcamp partnership will begin with a first-year series of PBS Edcamp pilots in ten markets in partnership with PBS member stations with a goal of a national rollout in a majority of station communities over the next 3-5 years. Attendance will be free and open to those who work in various learning environments, including formal, informal and childcare settings.
PBS, with nearly 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 100 million people through television and nearly 28 million people online. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’s premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV – including a new 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America.
The first Edcamp was held in Philadelphia in 2010, organized by a group of teachers, to bring participant-driven professional development to educators. They advertised the event on Twitter and close to 100 teachers came for the initial event. Those teachers shared their experiences of collaborative learning on social media and educators around the country decided to host their own event. Since 2010, this grassroots movement has grown organically with over 2,000 Edcamps being held around the world. As research has shown, teachers want to learn from other teachers, which the Edcamp movement clearly demonstrates. In 2015, the Edcamp Foundation received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support the work of the educators who host Edcamps and to build a vibrant network. For more information on the Edcamp movement, our website is www.edcamp.org. We are also on social media: Twitter and Facebook
About Tucker Capital
Founded in 1982, Tucker Capital is a strategic advisory and investment banking firm located in Princeton, New Jersey, specializing in the education and consumer sectors, where it helps management teams create partnerships, plan growth strategies, and incubate new initiatives.