AEP's Talent Development Scholarship Offers Early-Career Professionals a Broader Perspective of the Learning Resource Industry

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Applications are now being accepted for the Talent Development Scholarship, which is open to all professionals in the K-12 learning resource community who are new to the industry. Winners of the scholarship receive complimentary registration to Content in Context (CIC) and guided networking at the conference by members of the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP).

Content in Context is the premier event of the year for the K-12 publishing industry

Early-career professionals in the K-12 learning resource industry are encouraged to apply for the Talent Development Scholarship offered by the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP). Scholarship winners receive complimentary registration to Content in Context (CIC), the major annual meeting hosted jointly by AEP and the Association of American Publishers (AAP), along with the opportunity to attend sessions, share their experiences through AEP's blog, and meet many of the industry leaders that are shaping the future of K-12 learning. Professionals who have entered the industry within the past two years are eligible. They must be first-time CIC attendees who wouldn't or couldn't normally attend the conference. The application deadline is Friday, April 19, 2013.

Yannai Segal from Speakaboos, who won the scholarship to attend the 2012 CIC conference, related his experience in a recent blog post on AEP's website: "The scholarship award winners are fortunate enough to meet with publishing luminaries. These are the CEOs and brain trusts of Britannica, Pearson, and major publishers across the country," said Mr. Segal. "During the coffee breaks, we were able to hear their insights into the industry, get advice for our own careers, and set up a relationship. Some of the people I met during those coffee breaks, I’m still in contact with today."

Jill Davidson, from the Educators for Social Responsibility Project, was another 2012 Scholarship winner who greatly benefited from attending CIC. "The conference and all of the networking that went with it served as a fantastic immersion into the world I’m working in now" said Ms. Davidson in her blog post following the conference. "Hearing from industry veterans such as Marie Brown, Ira Wolfman, Bernice Stafford, Kathy Hurley, Paul McFall, and others helped me put the current volatile, opportunity- and threat-laden conditions of the education publishing world into useful perspective." Links to the 2012 winners' blog posts are available on the AEP website.

The TDS application process is simple and all eligible professionals from publishing houses, ed tech companies, nonprofit organizations, or any companies that serve the K-12 industry (i.e. marketing, data conversion, editorial services) are encouraged to apply by the April 19 deadline.

About the Talent Development Scholarship Program
The Talent Development Scholarship Program is intended to help professionals new to the educational resource community learn, grow, and network at one of the industry's most important events. The Program is supported by Jim McVety of First Step Advisors. First Step Advisors and AEP hope to continue to expand and grow the program with the support of additional sponsors. Companies or individuals interested in sponsoring the Scholarship program can contact Jo-Ann McDevitt at jmcdevitt(at)aepweb(dot)org.

About Content in Context
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 Association of American Publishers School Division (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. Read more at http://www.contentincontext.org.

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. Read more at http://www.AEPweb.org.

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