PreK-12 Learning Group Members-Only Webinars

The AAP PreK-12 Learning Group is bringing its thought leadership to your desk. Our members-only webinars will examine the issues important to your business and the PreK-12 market, what they mean for product development and sales, and how these issues could impact future business strategy.

Upcoming Webinar

Feburary webinar TBD. For more information, please contact Stacey Pusey.

Past Webinars

What ESSA, GoOpen, and NETP Mean for the Learning Resource Industry

It’s finally happened – Congress reauthorized the ESEA. Now what? At this AAP members-only webinar hear an analysis of the Every Student Succeeds Act and what it means for our industry and our customers. In addition, get an update on AAP’s comments on the GoOpen initiative and a breakdown of the highlights of the 2016 National Education Technology Plan. 

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Moderator and presenter: Jay Diskey, Executive Director, AAP PreK-12 Learning Group 

Presenter: Dan Duncan, Senior Director Government Affairs, AAP

Presenters

Jay DiskeyJay Diskey is Executive Director of the AAP’s PreK-12 Learning Group. In that role he directs the group’s operations and public policy development. Diskey has worked in government relations and policy communications for more than two decades. Prior to joining AAP in June 2006, he headed Diskey & Associates, a public affairs consultancy specializing in education.

Diskey has served as Communications Director for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and the Workforce, and as Vice President of the education practice at Hager Sharp Inc., a Washington-based public relations firm. In the early 1990s, he was Special Assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander. Diskey earned a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. Diskey is headquartered in AAP’s Washington office. In April 2014 he was elected to serve a two-year term as chair of the International Publishers Association's Education Publishers Forum, which is the education committee of the IPA.
 

Dan DuncanDan Duncan became Senior Director, Government Affairs for the Association of American Publishers in November 2015. Dan began his career in Washington as legislative director for former Congressman Jack Brooks, who held chairmanships of both the House Government Reform and Judiciary Committees.  Most recently, he served for 10 years as Senior Director at McGraw-Hill Financial and its predecessor corporation, The McGraw-Hill Companies. In that position, he managed policy programs focused on international trade and investment, regulation of credit rating agencies, and intellectual property rights and licensing. He also formed and led McGraw-Hill’s first-ever corporate anti-piracy program. Prior to his tenure at McGraw-Hill, Dan was the Executive Director of NFAIS after holding the position of Vice President, Government Affairs for the Software & Information Industry Association and before that, at the Information Industry Association.

Dan has represented the interests of publishers, information services and information technology services companies in business and policy discussions throughout his career. He is a frequent speaker on trade and intellectual property matters and has served on a number of association committees, industry working groups, and private-public sector councils regarding copyright and licensing, government information policy and privacy. 


Why We Should Put Play Back into the Classroom Experience

Assessments. Data. Accountability. These are the common words used today when talking about improving student learning – even at the elementary school age. But what about creativity, engagement, and fun? These are essential elements of both play and the educational experience. They can promote deeper understanding of concepts, encourage critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and incite a passion for learning. So why have we taken play out of the classroom equation?
 
At this AAP members only webinar, Scott Traylor, CEO and Chief Kid for 360KID will talk about the key elements of play in the classroom, the role of teachers as facilitators, and how classes are incorporating play into the curriculum.

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Presenter

Scott Traylor defines the vision behind the digital development and consulting firm known as 360KID, now located in Silicon Valley. His youth-focused company specializes in product ideation, market testing, and product development as a service to companies interested in engaging kids through a variety of different digital media platforms. Scott has advised and overseen many product successes in the consumer marketplace as well as in the classroom. He is actively involved in research, writing, and speaking about user engagement through new technologies, social media, and various consumer-based delivery systems. When Scott started his business over two decades ago, he also doubled as a computer science teacher at Harvard, working with graduate students to develop new interactive experiences for kids. Scott has been on multiple Boards for businesses developing consumer and educational technology products. Areas of great interest to Scott are in the field of child development, clinical psychology, and spatial cognition.


Protecting Your IP in the Digital Age

Copyright enforcement in schools has long been rather vague – teachers make unauthorized copies, share resources with fellow teachers, etc. – often with little or no idea whether what they’re doing is permitted, either by law or license. Digital delivery plays an increasing role in the delivery of today’s educational content, while at the same time there is a proliferation of websites that make it easier to share and download lesson plans and classroom resources. Some even help teachers get compensated for their “self-published” curricula, which sometimes contain copyrighted materials. With online enforcement becoming increasingly difficult, how is our industry keeping up? 

Get up-to-date information on what AAP is doing to combat digital piracy. Learn about our latest actions, the key areas of concern, and what publishers can do for themselves to seek out copyright violations and protect their IP. 

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Presenter

Lui Simpson joined the Association of American Publishers (AAP) in August 2009 as Executive Director for International Enforcement and Trade Policy. She manages the association’s anti-piracy program in key Asian markets; the association’s engagement with U.S. and foreign governments on copyright, technology, and international trade policy issues; and provides analysis and guidance for the association and members on a variety of policy initiatives. Ms. Simpson also serves as AAP’s representative to several industry coalitions in pursuing shared copyright and trade concerns.

Prior to joining AAP, Lui was Senior Counsel for Intellectual Property Policy at the Entertainment Software Association, where she was responsible for developing and guiding the video game industry association’s work in the areas of copyright and international trade policy. She formulated and developed the industry’s positions and submissions to U.S. and foreign governments on a variety of copyright and trade-related issues, as well as the industry’s Statement of Principles on ISP Responsibility.

Lui holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree and a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree in International and Comparative Law. She is admitted to the New York State Bar.


State Legislative Wrap-up

It’s been a busy state legislative season with many politicians trying to make noise in an election year. At this AAP members-only webinar, Jay Diskey, Executive Director of the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group, will update you on important legislative trends, key bills passed and defeated, and AAP’s advocacy work. 

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Presenter

Jay DiskeyJay Diskey is Executive Director of the AAP’s PreK-12 Learning Group. In that role he directs the group’s operations and public policy development. Diskey has worked in government relations and policy communications for more than two decades. Prior to joining AAP in June 2006, he headed Diskey & Associates, a public affairs consultancy specializing in education.

Diskey has served as Communications Director for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and the Workforce, and as Vice President of the education practice at Hager Sharp Inc., a Washington-based public relations firm. In the early 1990s, he was Special Assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander. Diskey earned a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. Diskey is headquartered in AAP’s Washington office. In April 2014 he was elected to serve a two-year term as chair of the International Publishers Association's Education Publishers Forum, which is the education committee of the IPA.


For more information on the members-only webinars, contact Stacey Pusey.

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