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K-12 Publishers, State Boards of Education Partner To Develop Curriculum Guidelines Supporting First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” Initiative

The nation’s K-12 publishers have a long history of creating instructional tools and content to improve the well-being and academic achievement of all students.
Tom Allen, President & CEO of AAP

Washington, D.C.; June 8, 2011 — The Association of American Publishers (AAP), the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) and the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) have created a partnership to support the “Let’s Move!” national initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama to solve childhood obesity, it was announced today.

Starting this summer, the three organizations will begin collaborating on the development of voluntary guidelines for curriculum content aimed at emphasizing healthy examples in instructional materials.

“The nation’s K-12 publishers have a long history of creating instructional tools and content to improve the well-being and academic achievement of all students,” said Tom Allen, President and Chief Executive Officer, AAP. “This new partnership will help change the culture in every classroom while teaching children healthy habits for a lifetime.”

“Let’s Move!” is addressing the problem of childhood obesity through a multi-faceted campaign, with schools and education playing a key role. Efforts include providing healthier foods in cafeterias and helping children become more physically active.

“We can develop the greatest education system conceivable but if children are not physically and mentally healthy, if they are distracted by these problems and miss days and weeks of school, they cannot learn to their potential,” said Brenda Welburn, Executive Director, NASBE. “Our association is proud of our long history of helping leaders develop policies that address all the needs of students affecting learning and lifelong success. This partnership aligns perfectly with our mission to promote educational improvement and foster a school culture promoting health and wellness and we are happy to join with new partners who can help us help children.”

“Publishers are very aware of the need to portray positive images in educational materials and this initiative will help them focus on portraying healthy eating as well,” said Charlene Gaynor, Chief Executive Officer, AEP. “We anticipate that the voluntary standards will be widely adopted and will have an impact on obesity in today’s classrooms.”

About the AAP School Division:

The AAP School Division represents the nation's leading developers of instructional materials, technology-based curricula and assessments. As leaders in education, AAP School Division members create instructional solutions that help students, teachers and schools succeed. The Division focuses its work on behalf of members, students and educators in several key areas: ensuring access to instructional materials, increasing funding for all types of instructional materials and fostering a fair, competitive and robust market for all education publishers. The School Division is part of AAP, the national trade association representing nearly 300 U.S. book and journal publishers.

About AEP:

The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) is a nonprofit organization that serves and advances the industry of supplemental educational publishing. Its membership represents the breadth of educational content developers delivering progressive educational products in all media and for any educational setting. AEP's thought leadership and market insight have created groundbreaking opportunities for its members to collaborate, network and partner with each other as well as to acquire a voice in the development of government education policy. Founded in 1895, AEP now assists its members in navigating the global realities of educational publishing in the 21st Century.

About NASBE:

The National Association of State Boards of Education is the only national organization giving voice and adding value to the nation's State Boards of Education. A non-profit organization founded in 1958, NASBE works to strengthen state leadership in educational policymaking, promote excellence in the education of all students, advocate equality of access to educational opportunity and assure continued citizen support for public education.

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