The Association of Educational Publishers Hosts Poker Tournament to Benefit Its Diversity Initiative

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The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) will hold its first poker tournament fundraiser to benefit Innovation Through Inclusion (ITI). ITI was developed to increase diversity in the publishing industry and ultimately strengthen the quality and relevancy of K-12 learning materials.

Poker Night, a tournament organized by The Association of Educational Publishers, will take place the evening of June 3 in Washington D.C. as a fundraiser to benefit its Innovation Through Inclusion initiative. While the Texas hold 'em tournament will coincide with the Content in Context conference a major meeting jointly presented by the Association of Educational Publishers and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) School Division, tickets are available to everyone. AEP welcomes poker enthusiasts, residents of the greater Washington, D.C. area, and anyone with an interest in supporting professional development opportunities for minorities.

The poker tournament begins at 8:30 p.m. on June 3 at the Capital Hilton in Washington D.C. Jason Scott of Prestwick House, an avid poker player and AEP member who developed the idea of the tournament, will offer a Texas Hold 'em for Beginners workshop starting at 7:45 p.m. All skill levels are welcome to attend and participate in the tournament. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased through the Content in Context website (http://www.contentincontext.org).

About Innovation Through Inclusion (ITI)
Schools and media are moving through disruptive change. Attracting more human capital from under-represented categories is a proven way to inject innovation into an organization’s culture and practices and improve the odds for success. Innovation Through Inclusion (ITI) is the new banner for AEP’s initiative to help its member organizations better reflect and serve the diversity of schools.

About the Association of Educational Publishers
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 (http://www.lrmi.net), 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.

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