Communicating, Collaborating, and Coordinating

Activities focused on enhancing student academic achievement since 1974

Greater Phoenix Educational Management Council | Arizona Educational Management Council.

A Collaborative Effort Focused on Enhancing Student Academic Achievement for ALL!

A Collaborative Effort Focused on Enhancing Student Academic Achievement for ALL!
Greater Phoenix Educational Management Council | Arizona Educational Management Council.

About GPEMC (Guppy Mac) / AZEMC

The Greater Phoenix Educational Management Council (GPEMC) and AZ Educational Management Council (AZEMC) is a collaborative effort among Arizona school districts equally sharing leadership with the specific purpose of enhancing student academic achievement for ALL!

GPEMC / AZEMC is formed through an Intergovernmental Agreement approved by governing boards and represents 350,000 students.​

We believe education is an investment in our children’s future. ​

The Council represents:

  • Students in need of quality education;​
  • Students preparing for college and career readiness;
  • Students preparing for life experiences and lifelong learning.

GPEMC / AZEMC Mission

Three key areas (seen below) promote the Organization's mission to communicate, collaborate, and coordinate activities focused on student success through the 3 Divisions: Superintendents' Council, Educational Services (Curriculum) Council, and the Business Officials Council.

Collaborative Dialogue

Collaborative Dialogue

An opportunity for all members to engage in a valuable exchange of ideas, thoughts, questions, agree/disagree on solutions yet sharing individual expertise and experiences on behalf of our students to ensure the best possible learning environment necessary to produce excelling schools and students ready for their future! Building on a common belief system, appreciating commonalities and differences, and creating both a strategic and tactically attainable plan of action.

Long-standing Relationships And Developing New Connections

Long-standing Relationships And Developing New Connections

Maintaining, enhancing and expanding relationships with policymakers both at the political level and with the AZ Department of Education, the AZ State Board of Education and other entities, including the business community, at the local, state and federal levels that provide support and influence on education policy and budget reforms.

Realistic And Practical Implementation

Realistic And Practical Implementation

Policy and political leaders change, education reform efforts evolve, but the HOW is critical for school leaders. Utilizing timely, accurate, in-depth communication, working collaboratively on the academic and social-emotional needs of our students, engaging with policy leaders to coordinate and advocate when questions arise or clarifications are required enables GPEMC / AZEMC members to implement policies in a realistic and practical manner.

Greater Phoenix Educational Management Council | Arizona Educational Management Council.
Greater Phoenix Educational Management Council | Arizona Educational Management Council.

Programs & Activities

  • Ongoing, timely, up-to-date communications regarding key educational issues
  • Monthly Meetings
  • Pro-active focus on education policies and budget issues
  • Q&A forum to gather feedback and share thoughts and ideas
  • Work together to implement cost-effective programs
  • Digital resource library to share important information
  • Engage with the business community, parent organizations, policy and political entities, and other organizations focused on student academic achievement for all
  • Coordinate leadership and staff development opportunities to enhance teaching and learning
  • Focus on implementation of state and federal mandates by answering these questions: What We Know;  What We Need to Know; and What We Need to Do
  • Work collaboratively at the local, state and federal level to provide a practical and realistic process for implementation of education reforms to ensure a stable and seamless transition for students, parents, teachers, and educational leaders including coordinating with our business and community partners
  • Annual Superintendent Fall Workshop to develop legislative and academic consensus documents