59 School Districts     104,000+ Students     1 Mission


GOCSD exists to serve member districts by promoting collaboration of resources to ensure educational opportunities are maximized. (Plan – Learn – Advocate – Celebrate: Together).


Greater Ozarks Cooperating School Districts (GOCSD) will advance the educational opportunities for students served at all educational levels within the Ozarks..

We Commit to the Following

Be the conduit to connect education professionals in the Ozarks (teachers, administrators, etc.).

Research and share best practices (academic and operational).

Represent the needs of our students and communities at the regional, state, and national level.

Celebrate the work of educators and systems in our region who are positively impacting students.

Be agile, flexible, collaborative, and open to new ideas.

Providing high-quality professional development and networking.

Celebrating student, teacher, and system growth.

Advocating for academic excellence for all students.

GOCSD Leadership

Cindy Bryant
Cindy BryantProfessional Learning Coordinator
Dr. Dennis Cooper
Dr. Dennis CooperExecutive Director

Cindy was a classroom teacher for 25 years, a Missouri STARR teacher, served as the former Director of K – 12 Mathematics for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and most recently served as the Director of Learning for LearnBop, a digital mathematics programs for grades K – 12. She is a former member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board of Directors, Past President of the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and was named a 1996 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. In addition to presenting on her topics of interest – mathematics teaching and learning, brain based learning, productive struggle, and growth mindset – at numerous national, regional, and state conferences, she was the lead presenter for the 2014 Algebraic Thinking institute training for Math Specialists (MSIS) in Singapore. She continues to serve on various committees for professional organizations at both the national and state level.

Dr. Dennis Cooper is Executive Director of the Greater Ozarks Cooperating School Districts (GOCSD). Dr. Cooper has 42 years experience in education. He served 25 years as a school superintendent as well as 12 years with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). His expertise is in leadership development.