The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) have agreed to merge, the groups announced. They will combine their programming, professional development, and public policy advocacy operations serving the preK–12 educational publishing industry. Once the merger is complete, AAP will create a new pre-K division.
“We are especially proud of the programs we’ve developed at AEP and are glad that they will be continued and enhanced,” says Lee Wilson, president of the board of AEP, in the announcement. “Through this partnership, we will be able to support professionals across the industry in deeper, richer ways.”
Notes Jay Diskey, executive director, school division of AAP, in the announcement, “There’s been a synergy between AAP and AEP since we produced our first joint initiative in 2011…. This merger is a logical next step to serve the longterm interests of preK–12 publisher members with a full range of programs, representation and services.” Diskey also notes that the venture “reflects the evolution underway at AAP and gives AEP’s activities greater scope and scalability.”
AEP and the AAP School Division have collaborated on the creation of the Healthy Guidelines for Educational Publishing, the Digital Learning Leadership Briefing on Capitol Hill, the annual Content in Context conference, and various programs with international publishing association partners.
The associations will host an informational session at the Content in Context conference on June 3.