The school division of the Association of American Publishers has agreed to merge with the Association of Educational Publishers, a move that unites two of the largest organizations that deal with publishing for the K-12 market. In their announcement the two organizations said the merger will combine “AEP’s quality programming and professional development with AAP’s public policy advocacy to provide the strongest services for the preK-12 education publishing industry in a rapidly changing environment.”

We are especially proud of the programs we’ve developed at AEP and are glad that they will be continued and enhanced,” said Lee Wilson, president of the board of AEP. “Through this partnership, we will be able to support professionals across the industry in deeper, richer ways.”

“There’s been a synergy between AAP and AEP since we produced our first joint initiative in 2011. Our industry has evolved dramatically since then and will continue to do so. This merger is a logical next step to serve the long-term interests of preK-12 publisher members with a full range of programs, representation and services,” said Jay Diskey, executive director, School Division, AAP.

Following approval of the merger, a new division within AAP will be created and structured along the lines of the merger agreement. An informational session about the merger will take place June 3 at Content in Context, the annual conference for professionals across the preK-12 learning resource industry. All CIC registrants are invited to attend.