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The Case for Diversity—Why Should You Care? (CIC Snapshot)

At AEP’s 2011 Content in Context conference David Rust, Sandhill Consulting and Chair of the AEP Diversity Committee; Cynthia Augustine, Scholastic Inc.; and Diane Trister Dodge, Teaching Strategies, Inc., discussed why AEP is focusing on diversity and why embracing diversity can improve your company and your culture.

Highlights

  •  AEP is focusing on diversity through the Improving Learning Resources Through Diversity (ILRTD) initiative because it believes that “Culturally rich learning resources that are relevant and engaging can improve learning outcomes, particularly among at-risk students. An educational publishing industry that mirrors the diversity of America’s classrooms is essential if the goal of educational equity is to be met. Building a diverse workforce requires a systematic and sustained effort.” Rust noted, though, that while we know the industry is committed to diversity, “we know the reality is that of the top ten priorities for our business, diversity is number 11.” Continue reading ‘The Case for Diversity—Why Should You Care? (CIC Snapshot)’
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Texas Instruments Receives Talent Development Innovator Award

At the Hall of Fame breakfast on Dec. 2, 2010, AEP honored Texas Instruments with the Talent Development Innovator Award. The award, sponsored by Highlights for Children, Nelson B. Heller, Ph.D., and Scholastic Inc., recognizes individuals and companies that strive to create the next generation of successful industry leaders through their outstanding hiring, professional development, and career advancement programs. Texas Instruments was chosen to receive the award for its investment in creating the future leaders of educational technology–from a new employee initiative that creates and early bond with TI to leadership programs that recognize and develop employees with high potential so that they can grow within the company. AEP also applauds the company’s commitment to actively promoting an inclusive environment, especially the Diversity Network and the individual Diversity Initiatives. Continue reading ‘Texas Instruments Receives Talent Development Innovator Award’

AEP Diversity Advisory Board Looks to Talent Development and Preparation

When AEP started the Improving Learning Resource Through Diversity (ILRTD) initiative in 2009, the goal was to begin the conversation about diversity in instructional materials and to introduce qualified candidates to the educational publishing industry. Now, AEP has formed an advisory board, led by David Rust, Partner at Sandhill Consulting Group LLC, to consider how the organization can take the next steps in advancing the ILRTD’s mission. The board met in September to define the diversity challenge and to tap areas of expertise from various fields—industry, associations, universities, and career management—to build a Program of Action for the educational publishing industry. Continue reading ‘AEP Diversity Advisory Board Looks to Talent Development and Preparation’

Hall of Fame Portrait: Marilyn Burns Part 2

On December 2, 2010, AEP will induct Marilyn Burns, Math Solutions; Diane Trister Dodge, Teaching Strategies, Inc.; and Rachelle Cracchiolo, Teacher Created Materials into the Educational Publishing Hall of Fame. Here in her second installment, Marilyn Burns, Founder,  Math Solutions, discusses the greatest challenge she faced and the next big challenge for the educational publishing industry.

What was the greatest challenge you faced in your career, and how did you handle it?

The greatest challenge I faced in my career was making the shift from being a teacher to being a writer and publisher. It was huge. I had to shift my focus from serving my students to helping other teachers serve their students. To find my way, I drew on what I know about learning, that we build new understandings on the foundations of what we’ve already learned, and that we use our strengths to deal with our weaknesses. I also drew on what has always guided my teaching, which was to engage students in their learning, and then to learn from the students. Continue reading ‘Hall of Fame Portrait: Marilyn Burns Part 2’

Hall of Fame Portrait: Marilyn Burns Part 1

On December 2, 2010, AEP will induct Marilyn Burns, Math Solutions; Diane Trister Dodge, Teaching Strategies, Inc.; and Rachelle Cracchiolo, Teacher Created Materials into the Educational Publishing Hall of Fame. Here in her first installment, Marilyn Burns, Founder,  Math Solutions, discusses the person who had the greatest influence on her and the advice she would give to those choosing educational publishing as a career.

Who has had the biggest influence on your career and why?

When I went to college, my career options were clear and limited—teacher or nurse. I opted for teaching, choosing to become a secondary math teacher. I credit my undergraduate advisor, Robert Davis, for influencing my entire career. I met him in 1960. His creation of the Madison Project and subsequent influence on the Miller Math program in California were huge influences in my career. And while he didn’t have a direct influence on my later founding a company that would be involved in educational publishing, it was his approach to teaching and learning that continues to impact my work to this day. Continue reading ‘Hall of Fame Portrait: Marilyn Burns Part 1’

AEP Creates New Committee Focused on Diversity in Educational Publishing

Educational publishers know that in order to serve the needs of today’s increasingly diverse student and teacher population, they need to create materials that reflect varied communities and cultures. In 2009 AEP launched the Improving Learning Resources Through Diversity (ILRTD) initiative as a way to attract and retain diverse populations to the field of educational publishing. Now, AEP is creating a Diversity Committee, chaired by David Rust, Partner at Sandhill Consulting Group LLC  to further this mission. Rust’s goals for the Committee are to identify the obstacles that publishers face and to develop effective strategies for companies of all sizes and geographic locations. Continue reading ‘AEP Creates New Committee Focused on Diversity in Educational Publishing’

The Need for Talent Development in Educational Publishing

Nelson Heller, Ph.D., President of EdNET at MDR, a D&B company, and an AEP Hall of Fame member, recently wrote about the need for talent development and professional training in the educational publishing industry. In the article, Talent Development: Unaffiliated Cobblers, Cobblers’ Children, Insight and Opportunity,” Nelson discusses the effect of the economic downturn on the industry; shows what’s working in talent development; and presents advice for companies, consultants, and prospective employees. Continue reading ‘The Need for Talent Development in Educational Publishing’


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