PreK-12: Fall Policy Exchange

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
9:30 AM - 4 PM

The University Club of Washington DC
1135 Sixteenth St., NW
Washington, DC 20036

Event Overview

Making sense of the policy landscape isn't a simple task. There are governors disavowing Common Core in the middle of assessments, dueling privacy bills in Congress, and countless grassroots organizations trying to get their education agendas onto legislative slates. At the same time, the education community is grappling with student rankings on the global stage. What does this mean for publishers? Find out at the Fall Policy Exchange, where we bring you experts on what's happening in the state, federal, and international policy arenas.

Giving you crucial market intelligence as you finalize your business plans for the upcoming year, the Fall Policy Exchange will translate what's happening in politics into strategies for success. 


  • Mike Trucano, Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Innovation in Education, The World Bank Group
  • Robert Atkinson, Founder and President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
  • Kim Green, Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
  • M. Lui Simpson, Executive Director, International Copyright Enforcement and Trade Policy, AAP
  • Jay Diskey, Executive Director, AAP PreK-12 Learning Group
  • Mark Schneiderman, VP Government Affairs, SchoolMessenger 

9:30 - 9:55 am


9:55 - 10:00 am

Welcome Remarks

10:00 - 11:00 am

Keynote Address
Mike Trucano, The World Bank Group

Presentation will be followed by Q&A.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

How Tech Populism is Undermining Policy Development
Robert Atkinson, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Presentation will be followed by Q&A.

12:00 - 12:45 pm


12:45 - 1:45 pm

Beyond the 3 R's: Serving Underserved Subjects
Due to the Common Core, math and ELA have taken center stage in classroom debates. However, there are many more subject areas that comprise a well-rounded education and ensure that all students reach their potential. In this session we will shine a spotlight on Career Tech and STEM--vital components of a quality education.

Speaker: Kim Green, Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium

1:45 - 2:00 pm


2:00 - 3:00 pm

Piracy and the Legal Landscape
Educators and parents often don't think about copyright issues when making copies of products for educational use. Add to that an industry made up of many smaller companies that don't have the resources to effectively monitor infringement plus an increasing number of companies entering the global market, and you have the recipe for a perfect storm of piracy and infringement. Hear about the latest areas of concern, what you can do about infringement, and why you (and your bottom line) should care.) 

Speaker: Lui Simpson, AAP

Presentation will be followed by Q&A.

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Digging Deep into the Policy Landscape
With multiple ESEA, privacy, and funding bills on the table for Congress as well as numerous education-focused state bills, publishers need help separating the possible from the improbable. In this interactive session, attendees will not only get an update on key issues from our legislative experts, but they will get a chance to ask about the topics on the top of their list. Attendees will be invited to submit their questions ahead of time and help shape the discussion.


  • Jay Diskey, AAP
  • Mark Schneiderman, SchoolMessenger 

Sounds Interesting?

Learning resource industry members need to navigate local, state, and federal education regulations; comply with copyright and business law; and keep themselves up to date on the latest pedagogical research. The Fall Policy Exchange is for anyone in the industry who is responsible for understanding how all of those elements effect product development and marketing strategy and helping implement strategies for their business.

Registration Information

  • AAP Members: $499
  • Non-members: $699

Register now or get more details about the event speakers and agenda.