Communicating, Collaborating, and Coordinating
Activities focused on enhancing student academic achievement since 1974
After 2 years of preparation and planning, beginning July 1, 2022 GPEMC/AZEMC will begin the next stage of our leadership phased-in transition plan. Our current Executive Director, Dianne Smith, who has guided our Organization for 27 years, will focus specifically on the role of Advocacy Coordinator and Dr. Howard Carlson will become our next Executive Director
A Collaborative Effort Focused on Enhancing Student Academic Achievement for ALL!
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:
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.
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
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
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.