Professional Learning

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Calendar of Events

March 2019

  • STEAM-U: Achieving New Heights
  • SPS Master Learner Institute Grades K - 5 Literacy (Session 3)
  • SPS Master Learner Institute Secondary Literacy (Session 3)
  • MO Bar Assoc Civic Education Road Show
  • GOCSD Tech Meet Up

Opportunities at a Glance

Event Descriptions

GOCSD exists to serve member districts by promoting collaboration of resources to ensure educational opportunities are maximized.

To schedule professional learning, contact Cindy Bryant here.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Registration has closed as the session is full!

GOCSD is pleased to host the Missouri Bar Civic Education Road Show on Monday, March 25, 2019 from 8:45am to 3:00pm at the Southwest Lindenwood Campus located at 909 E Republic Road Springfield, MO.

If you are a Missouri middle or high school Social Studies, Government, and/or History teacher, this session is for YOU! Not only will you have the opportunity to earn 6 FREE professional development hours, the Missouri Bar will pay $50 toward your sub pay for the day!

Although electronic devices (iPhones, iPads, laptop computers, etc.) will not be allowed during the sessions, a binder and flash drive with all materials, along with lunch will be provided FREE of charge! Participants will have time during breaks and lunch to check phone messages, etc.

Dress code for the day is business casual, so please dress appropriately (no jeans, shorts, tank tops, etc.)

Sessions on the First Amendment Freedom of Speech will be delivered by faculty composed of Missouri Bar personnel, experienced teachers, area attorneys, and judges. Participants will be presented with information about key decisions of the US Supreme Court and their relevance to the DESE American Government Standards and themes.

Teachers will receive hands-on training about techniques that will create an interactive learning environment and require student to engage in exercises that demand analysis, critical thinking, and effective communication.

Past participants of the Road Show have said:

  • The techniques presented were thought provoking, engaging, and applicable to my curriculum.
  • I enjoyed the interactive lessons and discussions. The presenters did a fantastic job of keeping the conversation interesting and fun. It was hands on and very informational.
  • I like the collaboration with teachers from other districts and developing new strategies.
  • I really learned a lot today! The lessons were simple and very thought provoking. Students will love the materials. The presenters gave great lesson plan ideas.
  • The activities we did can be applied in the classroom setting. Presenters were very informed and knowledgeable on the content being shared.

For any questions about the event pertaining to the event content, sub pay, materials, etc., please contact:


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Thursday, March 28, 2019

GOCSD Tech Meet Up hosted by the Camdenton Tech Team!

Join the Camdenton Tech Team to explore the reality of tech in the classroom and leave with resources and knowledge to implement and effectively use tech in your school and classrooms.

Lunch will be provided by GoGuardian.

Location: Camdenton High School

662 Laker Pride Rd.

Camdenton, MO 65020

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Instructional Coaches Network

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Location: Logan-Rogersville High School FEMA Building

300 N Missouri Blvd, Rogersville, MO 65742

Time: 8:30a – 12:30p

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Youth Mental Health

First Aid Training

Friday, April 12, 2019

Register by Monday, April 8 for this important event!

GOCSD has partnered with the Community Partnership of the Ozarks to offer this free event.

Location; Southwest Lindenwood Campus located at 909 E Republic Road Springfield, MO.

TIME: 8:30a – 5:30p

Mental Health First Aid for Youth (YMHFA) is a public education program which introduces participants to unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly – teaches individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. YMHFA is an 9-hour course which uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents, but may also be appropriate for older adolescents (16 and older) so as to encourage peer to peer

interaction. Anyone who regularly works or interacts with youth – teachers, athletic coaches, mentors, juvenile justice professionals and others – may find the course content useful.

  • Build understanding of the importance of early intervention to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.
  • Identify unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents.
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Generation RX

Safe Medication Practices for Life

First Aid Training

Thursday, May 2, 2019

GOCSD has partnered with the Community Partnership of the Ozarks to offer this free event.

Facilitator: Katie Riggs, Community Partnership of the Ozarks!

LOCATION: Southwest Lindenwood Campus 909 E Republic Road Suite C-100, Springfield, MO

Time: 1:00p – 3:30p

Register here for this free event!

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Thursday and Friday, June 20-21, 2019

GOCSD is proud to announce that Mike Rutherford has agreed to host an Artisan Leadership Conference in the Ozarks during the 2018 – 2019 school year.

For greatest benefit and impact, plan to register a vertical team that can influence change. Your team might include central office leaders, principals, lead teachers, and school board members.

These are the last two days of the six day series of learning held at the Branson Public Schools Administration Building Board Room.

Register here.

Date: Thursday and Friday June 20-21, 2019

Time: 9:00 am – 3:30

Location:1756 Bee Creek Road, Branson, MO

 The workshop focus: Communication, Pesuasion, and Influencing Skills
Leading High-Performing Teams
Ethics and Moral Decision Making

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