About 2017-02-26T00:20:41+00:00

38 Districts – 92,000+ 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

Dr. Chris Templeton
Dr. Chris TempletonProfessional Learning Coordinator
Dr. Dennis Cooper
Dr. Dennis CooperExecutive Director

Dr. Chris Templeton, Professional Learning Coordinator for Greater Ozarks Cooperating School Districts (GOCSD), just retired as Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning for Reeds Spring School District. Dr. Templeton has been in public education for 27 years teaching 6th grade and then serving as an administrator in a number of capacities including as a primary principal, an elementary principal, a middle school principal, as well as a central office administrator.

Dr. Templeton serves as Secretary on the Executive Board of Learning Forward MO, and serves on the Mizzou Ed Alumni Board. She enjoys the opportunity to give back to the education profession.

Dr. Templeton has presented at numerous state conferences, as well as several national conferences. Her expertise is in curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional learning, and leadership development. Her passion is positively impacting lives and growing leaders and teachers to make a positive impact on the lives of students.

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.