ED311 is dedicated to providing relevant, timely, comprehensive, and cost-effective professional development resources for educators and school administrators in the areas of school law, restorative practices, special education, MTSS, ethics, bullying, school technology, and more.
In 2018, ED311 merged with our other company the Texas School Administrators’ Legal Digest to become jointly known as ED311. The goal of the merger and rebranding was to reflect our broader mission to serve educators with a variety of resources on all topics related to education.
ED311 is a DBA of Park Place Publications, a Texas Limited Partnership owned by Ambrose Austin. We have been based in Austin, TX since 2005. The company has been in continuous operation since 1984. Frank Kemerer founded the Legal Digest newsletter and our heralded law conferences and ran the company through 2004. At that time Jim Walsh became the primary owner, hiring Ted Siff to run the company on his behalf. In 2015 Ted Siff became the primary owner and stewarded the shift from print to digital and to our new name ED311. In January of 2023, Ambrose Austin took over ownership.
Chief Executive Officer
Ambrose Austin has been with ED311 since 2010 and leading things since 2015. Feel free to contact him with any questions you might have. Ambrose has a Masters in Legal Studies from Texas State University and a BA from The New School in New York City. He’s a generalist rather than a specialist and likes to take on projects where he can learn new skills. He’s a big fan of women’s soccer and loves to read, write, listen to podcasts, and binge TV shows both high and low brow. Always a Texan at heart, Ambrose currently lives in beautiful, rainy Portland, Oregon with his elderly dog and cat.
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Jennifer Childress is a graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law. She is the author of The Texas Legal Handbook on Student Bullying, and is also co-author to many of ED311’s school law charts and handbooks. Jennifer edited the Legal Digest Newsletter for over 10 years and programs the speakers and topics for our conferences and workshops. She is also an associate of Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Russo & Kyle P.C. where she defends school districts in litigation matters involving employment, constitutional, and civil rights issues.
Danielle King has been with ED311 and Legal Digest since 2014 and is happy to assist you with payments or registrations. She has a B.S. degree in both Mathematics and Hydrology and she is currently working towards CPA certification. She enjoys working with numbers, growing plants, reading historical fiction, and hiking the greenbelt. She has been a volunteer with the non-profit Inside Books Project since 2010 where she currently serves as Treasurer.She loves to travel but is also always happy to return to her home in East Austin where she lives with her partner, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and hundreds of plants.
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Marketing and Event Manager
Andrea Payne is a graduate of UT Austin, and she joins ED311 after a long career as an English teacher in AISD. She now brings her experience from the trenches of public education to help the ED311 team meet the needs of school districts across Texas. She loves to write fiction when she has the time, but she especially enjoys just hanging with her family. She lives in South Austin with her husband and son, a grumpy cat, and a darling dog.