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EIMAC Partner Membership

EIMAC Business and Industry Partners Program

July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017


As the role of IT continues to expand throughout the education community, the Education Information Management Advisory Consortium (EIMAC) is committed to supporting state education agency (SEA) leadership and helping SEAs develop and deliver solutions that leverage data to inform decision making. In order to continue to provide strong support to state education chiefs and their agencies, EIMAC was redesigned to better respond to these issues.  IT is a game changer in education, whether it is applied to administrative systems, research, or advanced analytics. The impact of this work goes beyond a set of compliance reports - it enables innovation, supports teaching and learning, and empowers education leaders from the boardroom to the classroom. In the 2015-2016 program year, EIMAC will continue to explore and support the evolving role of IT systems and the leadership of SEA Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and staff.


The CCSSO Board of Directors asked that EIMAC:

  • promote and facilitate collective state action around integrated information, technology, and assessment systems,
  •  assist states in the implementation of Common Education Data Standards that may lead to the development of more open source applications and the display/delivery of educational information to be used within and across state lines,
  • assist state education agencies in the design, implementation, and sustainability of statewide education information systems to enable collecting, reporting, and using education data,
  • help states use their information systems to assist in transforming our current education system to deliver on the promise to prepare every child for lifelong learning, meaningful work, and citizenship in the 21st century, and
  • provide state representatives with a forum to share and capture best practices, products, and processes in order to build state capacity around information management and data use.


EIMAC Workgroups

In January 2014, EIMAC launched the creation of the CIO Network and several workgroups.  These groups will help us to better coordinate, share, and work collaboratively as SEAs implement information systems and technology policy to support state education goals. The CIO Network and workgroups will continue to convene both virtually and in person through the 2015-2016 membership year.


EIMAC Workgroups were selected based on input from EIMAC member states and reflect their current work and challenges.  The workgroups listed below will continue to operate through the 2015-2016 member year. Participation within each workgroup is open to all EIMAC Partners (with the exception of the CIO Network), however, some conversations may be limited to EIMAC state members only.

  • Advocacy (E-rate Implementation) Workgroup - will help coordinate CCSSO's advocacy strategy as it relates to data and information systems' needs. The group will regularly review the federal register, help in drafting high level comments, and provide support for specific state comments. As legislation is proposed or regulation reviewed, this group will serve as a resource for the CCSSO advocacy team to respond to, comment on, or craft testimony.
  •  Data Standards Implementation Workgroup - will support states as they implement Common Education Data Standards (CEDS). This group will work to facilitate best practice sharing, create connections, and align data systems maps to the standards. The work will collaborate with all standards bodies and work including SIFA, PESC, IMS, and Ed-Fi, helping participants to navigate the landscape and seek solutions to best support their work. 
  •  Instructional Improvement Systems Workgroup - will provide support for states as they develop systems of support for teaching and learning, including Instructional Improvement Systems and Learning Management Systems. This group will pick up the support offered by the Race to the Top (RTT) Reform Support Network and expand the conversation to non RTT states. Topics will focus on content tagging, enterprise architecture, policy, and strategies for providing state-level support for these systems.
  •  Privacy & Security Workgroup - will work to better coordinate, support, and provide resources to EIMAC member states around data privacy, security, and confidentiality. Workgroup members will share best practices, learn from national experts and other industries, and work to ensure the integrity of data systems within their states.  Topics of discussion will likely include: aggregating and disaggregating data to protect small cell sizes, drafting and implementing strong privacy and security policies, executing appropriate data sharing agreements, navigating new technology while ensuring proper privacy and security, implementing security protocol, and disclosure avoidance and preparedness.


EIMAC Program Supports:

EDIS Newsletter 

CCSSO distributes a monthly newsletter.  The newsletter contains information on upcoming events and webinars, new research and relevant news, and promising practices from states and partner organizations.

EIMAC Groupsite

EIMAC state representatives and partners are invited to join the EIMAC Groupsite, a password-protected online community for members and partners to share ideas, documents, and information.  The EIMAC community contains a resource library, discussion groups, and events calendar.  Each EIMAC workgroup has its own workspace on the Groupsite and can use this space to help further their conversations throughout the year.

Collective State Action

EIMAC is positioned to support collective state action by supporting networking, partnerships, and advocacy around state-level needs, contexts, and priorities for reform. This action will help CCSSO influence ESEA reauthorization amoung other things, broker state relationships (with governors, legislators, unions, national organizations, etc.), and facilitate cross-state collaborative work on technology design and deployment. Our partners offer a unique perspective from across multiple states to support these actions.

Knowledge Base and Tools

EIMAC Workgroups and the CIO Network discussions will support the development of a new knowledge base and several tools that meet state needs. This may include model state policy frameworks, guidelines, roadmaps, legislative language, and policy briefs focused on state interests.


EIMAC Partner Participation & Cost Structure

The EIMAC Partner Program is for education organizations that support states in developing and implementing technology and information systems strategies.  Partners benefit from direct participation in the discussions and workgroup meetings with SEA professionals. Partners pay a participation fee to belong to EIMAC which helps support meeting logistics and other work of the Consortium but does not include travel or expenses related to meeting attendance. CCSSO Business Partners are recognized for their contributions to the Council's work with discounted EIMAC Partner fees. 

EIMAC corporate partnership is open to business and industry members and will allow two (2) participants each to attend the EIMAC Fall Summit and the in-person EIMAC Workgroup meeting. Certain portions of EIMAC meetings may be restricted to state members only.  If an organization would like to send additional staff to an EIMAC conference, an additional meeting sponsorship is required. This sponsorship would support a conference meal or event and would include company signage, recognition in the program and verbally at the conference, as well as a seat at the head table for that meal.

For non-profits and smaller organizations with an annual revenue under $1,000,000 we offer a different level of membership and participation.  Please contact Kimberly Gondwe for more information. 

In addition to in-person meeting participation, partners will also receive the following benefits with partnership:

  • discount on EIMAC partnership for all FY15 CCSSO Corporate partners;
  • ad space in monthly newsletter;
  • regular communications via a listserv on EIMAC topics;
  • invitations to regular EIMAC webinars on key issues of importance to states;
  • EIMAC groupsite membership;
  • participation in workgroup of their choosing (with the exception of the CIO Network);
    • Please note: Although there is no limit to the number of workgroups partners can join, workgroups are expected to meet concurrently at in-person meetings.
  • Optional informational booth or table at the EIMAC Fall Summit and Spring Workgroup Meetings
    • Please note: Partners are not required to be present at their booth or table while sessions are taking place and are encouraged to attend all open sessions.

 Current Partners

  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Microsoft
  • LearningMates
  • CDW-G
  • IBM