AEP and the School Division of AAP Welcome Leaders from the preK-12 Learning Resource Industry to Discuss the Future of Education

Wilmington, DE (PRWEB) April 20, 2013

The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) and the School Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) welcome four leading experts from the learning resource industry to their annual conference Content in Context (CIC), which takes place June 2-5, 2013 in Washington DC. Michael Levine, Executive Director from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center; Vivienne Roumani, director and producer of the documentary “Out of Print”; Allison Druin, Chief Futurist from the University of Maryland, Division of Research; and John Connor, CEO & Founder of Breaking the Barrier, Inc. and Dean of Faculty at Groton School will present at CIC’s closing session on June 4, 2013.

The session, titled “Remaking the Page in the New Media Age”, will explore key issues regarding new-media models and future trends educational publishers can start preparing for. Topics will include insights about new patterns of learning, the most effective publishing strategies, how to incorporate real-time information into otherwise static sets of data, and what learning materials will look like in 2020.

Frank Catalano from the Professional Examination Service, who is also a veteran analyst of digital education and consumer technologies, author, and former SVP at Pearson will moderate the session.

About the presenters:

John Connor, CEO & Founder of Breaking the Barrier, Inc. and Dean of Faculty at Groton School has taught Spanish for over 30 years and is also a consultant and speaker on effective ways to teach Spanish and French. He is the principal author and Series Editor of Breaking the Barrier, which was originally written 15 years ago and has grown to offer a complete suite of Spanish and French language programs including a new line of iBooks Textbooks.

Allison Druin, Ph.D., Chief Futurist at the University of Maryland, Division of Research is a widely-published researcher and consultant on ways technology can enhance children’s lives. A developer of children’s computer games, she currently leads a technology design team at the Human Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland which involves children and researchers from computer science, education, art, robotics, and other disciplines.

Michael Levine, Ph.D., Executive Director, Joan Ganz Cooney Center is one of the country’s leading experts on early childhood development and educational media. He oversees the Cooney Center’s efforts to catalyze and support research, innovation, and investment in educational media technologies for young children. Dr. Levine has served in senior roles for the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the New York City Schools and is a frequent advisor to the U.S. Department of Education and Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among other institutions.

Vivienne Roumani is an independent filmmaker based in New York City. Her new film, “Out of Print, is a realistic exploration of the role of printed material in our time and features interviews with’s Jeff Bezos, Author Guild president Scott Turow, New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin, and other leading thinkers. The film premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival this month. With a background in library and information sciences, she has lectured extensively while holding positions at major research libraries.

About Content in Context (CIC)

Content in Context (CIC) is the premier event welcoming the entire educational resource community. CIC 2013, presented by the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) and the School Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), will explore the industry trends and feature numerous opportunities for participants to network and meet potential business partners. A full schedule of sessions will cover educational technology, content development, business strategy, market trends, marketing, and policy issues at the state and federal levels.

About the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP)

The only professional organization that serves the diverse needs of the entire educational resource community, the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) encourages and advocates for professional, quality content for teaching and learning. Founded in 1895, AEP now helps its members navigate the global realities of educational publishing in the 21st century.

AEP is at the forefront of the educational publishing industry, taking a leading role in efforts such as the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (, which is changing the way educational materials are found on the Internet; Innovation Through Inclusion, promoting industry-wide diversity; and representation of educational publishers on matters such as new legislation and funding. Through its events, publications and recognition programs, AEP works to inform and advance the industry and to define and applaud excellence in the field.

About The Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the School Division of AAP

AAP is the national trade association representing Americas 300 premier publishers of high-quality entertainment, education, scientific and professional content, produced with the most innovative technology, reaching the world. We advocate on behalf of members priorities within policy, legislative and regulatory issues regionally, nationally and worldwide. We also showcase the value of content and the critical role of the dynamic US publishing industry.

The AAP School Division works on behalf of its diverse membership, students and educators to ensure access to instructional materials, increase funding for learning resources and foster a fair, competitive and robust market for all education publishers. It engages state, local and federal policy leaders on such issues as funding, curriculum, testing and literacy.

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