As vice president for education, Sara Schapiro leads PBS’s efforts to deepen partnerships across the education sector by engaging directly with educator communities and launching new initiatives that empower and support students, educators, caregivers, families, and member stations. With a focus on teachers, a large part of Sara’s efforts are focused on expanding PBS’s educational impact through content, community and professional development. This work includes such tools as PBS LearningMedia, a digital platform of free, classroom-ready resources from PBS stations and partners, and initiatives like: PBS KIDS Edcamps, which provide peer-led professional learning opportunities to early childhood educators; and PBS’s at-home learning offering, which includes free broadcast TV programs that support at-home learning for prekindergarten through 12th grade and digital resources that provide educators and families with learning options for new school routines during COVID-19.
Prior to PBS, Sara helped found Digital Promise, an independent, bipartisan nonprofit whose mission is to spur innovation and improve all Americans’ opportunity to learn. She launched and led Digital Promise’s flagship initiative, the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of public school districts that fosters collaboration among educators, entrepreneurs, researchers and thought partners.
Prior to Digital Promise, Sara worked for the New York City Department of Education, Chicago Public Schools, the New Jersey Department of Education, and Pearson on pioneering teaching and learning projects, educational technology initiatives, and teacher and student engagement efforts. She holds a B.A. from Duke University and a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Studies. Sara lives in Washington, DC with her husband, a middle school counselor, and her son.