Calendar of Events

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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.

Thursday, August 29, 2019
GOCSD is proud to partner with the Community Partnership of the Ozarks to bring you this FREE learning event!
Date: Thursday, August 29
Time: 9:00a – 3:30p

Location: Southwest Lindenwood University Campus

909 E. Republic Road Suite C – 100 Springfield, MO
Register here. 
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Hosted by the Branson Tech Team
Date: Thursday, September 12
Time: 9:00a – 2:00p

Location: Branson School Board Room 1756 Bee Creek Rd

Branson, MO 65616

Register here by Tuesday, September 3 to ensure you are included in the lunch count.
Monday, September 16, 2019
GOCSD is partnering with Ava and Mountain Grove Schools to offer Student Engagement with Todd Whitaker. This session will focus on effectively working with all students at any grade/age level. The purpose is to help teachers build and refine their skills in order to manage their classrooms and empower them to successfully work with and engage all students.
Date: Monday, September 16
Time: 9:00a – 12:00p

Location: Ava School Performing Arts Building

Registration Fee: $25 GOCSD members outside of the Ava and Mountain Grove School Districts
*Ava and Mountain Grove educators do not need to register for the event.
Register here.
Monday, September 16, 2019
GOCSD is partnering with Ava and Mountain Grove Schools to offer Student Engagement with Todd Whitaker. This session will focus on effectively working with all students at any grade/age level. The purpose is to help teachers build and refine their skills in order to manage their classrooms and empower them to successfully work with and engage all students.
Administrators outside of Ava and Mountain Grove Districts who are interested in attending the afternoon deep dive session with Todd may attend for an additional $25 which includes lunch.
Date: Monday, September 16
Time: 12:00p – 3:30p

Location: Ava School Performing Arts Building

$25 GOCSD members outside of the Ava and Mountain Grove School Districts (lunch included)
*Ava and Mountain Grove administrators do not need to register for the event.
Register here.

Strategies and Tools for Teaching Due Process in
Middle & High School

Monday, September 23, 2019
GOCSD is pleased to offer this professional development event for educators at the middle and high school level. The session will focus on due process, with specific emphasis on the Fourth Amendment. Participants will receive content material and strategies geared toward both high school and middle school social studies.
About the Presenter:
Crystal Charles has taught at Pierce City High School for the past 13 years, including courses in American Government, The Supreme Court, U.S. History and World Religions. Additionally she is an adjunct professor for Crowder College, teaching Western Civilization to 1600.
Crystal has worked with the Center for Civic Education as a mentor for the James Madison Legacy Project, and has been a We The People Mentor for the Missouri Bar’s citizenship education program for the past ten years. She has also worked with the Missouri Department of Education in evaluating social studies curriculum.
Date: Monday, September 23
Time: 9:00a – 3:30p

Location:  Southwest Lindenwood Campus 909 E. Republic Road Suite C-100 Springfield, MO 65804

Cost: GOCSD member $20
GOCSD non-member $30

3-D Science Standards Series for Grades K – 12

Using Phenomena with the 5E Model

Thursday, September 26, 2019
GOCSD is pleased to offer 3-D Science Standards Series in Grades K – 12 during the 2019 – 2020 school year presented by Ann Wallenmeyer.
Ann has worked in the field of science education for twenty-four years. She has worked with K-12 Science Curriculum for Springfield Public Schools since 2002. Ann received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri and her Masters in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Biology from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Some of her current projects are implementing 3-Dimensional Learning in science classrooms and integrating real world science experiences into “school”.
Using Phenomena with the 5E Model
Learn how to engage students in making meaning of science concepts through phenomena. Participants will experience a journey through the 5 E Model: engaging, exploring, explaining, elaborating, and evaluating while focusing on a scientific phenomena. Leave with some resources to help you identify phenomena that will align with what you are teaching in your classroom.
Time: K – 5 Session 8:30a – 11:30a
6 – 12 Session 12:30p – 3:30p
Cost: $20 GOCSD Member / $30 GOCSD Nonmember
Location: Southwest Lindenwood Campus
909 E. Republic Road Suite C-100
Springfield, MO 65804
Register for any or all of the events here!
Conference #1: October 3 – 4, 2019
Understanding Self and Others
Building Clear and Compelling Direction
Time and Life Management
GOCSD is proud to announce that Mike Rutherford has agreed to host an Artisan Leadership Conference in the Ozarks during the 2019 – 2020 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.
This conference series totals six days of learning consisting of three two-day workshops hosted in the fall, spring, and summer will be held at the Mountain Grove Public Schools High School Arena.
Time: 9:00a – 3:30p
Location: Mountain Grove High School Arena 420 N Main St, Mountain Grove, MO 65711
Parking information here .
Conference cost is $500 per person for each two-day conference or $1500 for all three.
Conference registration includes session(s), lunch, and materials.
October 8, 2019
GOCSD has partnered with Nixa’s John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD) to offer STEAM-U during the 2019-2020 school year to offer a unique set of professional learning opportunities in an authentic, hands-on setting. Join us at JTSD to experience K-6th grade classrooms actively engaging in each topic of professional learning events listed below. All sessions combine an exclusive mixture of presentations, observations, and reflection with REAL teachers and students in a REAL school!
10/8/2019 Personalizing Learning through Project-Based Learning
Personalizing learning is one of the hottest topics in education, but how do we achieve it in the classroom? Through Project-Based Learning! Join us as we draw a connection between the pillars of personalization and the goals of PBL. We also explore creating project-based learning experiences that work for your students!
Location: John Thomas School of Discovery 312 N. Market St. Nixa, Missouri 65714
Time: 9:00a – 12:00p
Cost: $30 GOCSD Member / $50 GOCSD Nonmember

3-D Science Standards Series for Grades K – 12

Engaging in Argument from Evidence

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
GOCSD is pleased to offer 3-D Science Standards Series in Grades K – 12 during the 2019 – 2020 school year presented by Ann Wallenmeyer.
Ann has worked in the field of science education for twenty-four years. She has worked with K-12 Science Curriculum for Springfield Public Schools since 2002. Ann received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri and her Masters in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Biology from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Some of her current projects are implementing 3-Dimensional Learning in science classrooms and integrating real world science experiences into “school”.
Show me the evidence! Experience several strategies you can take back to your classroom to help students use evidence to support their argumentative writing. Participants will also identify ways that this process can be integrated with other content areas.
Time: K – 5 Session 8:30a – 11:30a
6 – 12 Session 12:30p – 3:30p
Cost: $20 GOCSD Member / $30 GOCSD Nonmember
Location: Southwest Lindenwood Campus
909 E. Republic Road Suite C-100
Springfield, MO 65804
Register for any or all of the events here!
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
GOCSD has partnered with Nixa’s John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD) to offer STEAM-U during the 2019-2020 school year to offer a unique set of professional learning opportunities in an authentic, hands-on setting. Join us at JTSD to experience K-6th grade classrooms actively engaging in each topic of professional learning events listed below. All sessions combine an exclusive mixture of presentations, observations, and reflection with REAL teachers and students in a REAL school!

12/3/2019

Developing Early Literacy through Integrated STEAM Instruction
As standards demand more and more from our youngest students, teachers can capitalize on Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) to maximize their instructional impact! Join us as we focus on how literacy, mathematics, and our students’ ability to think critically can all be enhanced by the intentional integration of STEAM.
Location: John Thomas School of Discovery 312 N. Market St. Nixa, Missouri 65714
Time: 9:00a – 12:00p
Cost: $30 GOCSD Member / $50 GOCSD Nonmember

3-D Science Standards Series for Grades K – 12

Modeling – a 3 Dimensional Process

Tuesday, January 14, 2019
GOCSD is pleased to offer 3-D Science Standards Series in Grades K – 12 during the 2019 – 2020 school year presented by Ann Wallenmeyer.
Ann has worked in the field of science education for twenty-four years. She has worked with K-12 Science Curriculum for Springfield Public Schools since 2002. Ann received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri and her Masters in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Biology from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Some of her current projects are implementing 3-Dimensional Learning in science classrooms and integrating real world science experiences into “school”.
3-Dimensional standards require 3-Dimensional learning. Come learn strategies to help students create models of systems to help explain their understanding of science concepts. As a participant you will create your own models, evaluate models, and identify areas in your curriculum where you can apply modeling.
Time: K – 5 Session 8:30a – 11:30a
6 – 12 Session 12:30p – 3:30p
Cost: $20 GOCSD Member / $30 GOCSD Nonmember
Location: Southwest Lindenwood Campus
909 E. Republic Road Suite C-100
Springfield, MO 65804
Register for any or all of the events here!
Tuesday,February 4, 2020
GOCSD has partnered with Nixa’s John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD) to offer STEAM-U during the 2019-2020 school year to offer a unique set of professional learning opportunities in an authentic, hands-on setting. Join us at JTSD to experience K-6th grade classrooms actively engaging in each topic of professional learning events listed below. All sessions combine an exclusive mixture of presentations, observations, and reflection with REAL teachers and students in a REAL school!
2/4/2020  Project-Based Learning for the Real World: Developing programs and partnerships to support student achievement.
21st century skills emphasize the real-world, but determining what that looks like for students in our classrooms can sometimes be challenging. Join us as we take a journey with gardening, farming, and civic change. We’ll work through the process of matching standards and planning project-based learning experiences that will build a stronger community for our students.
Location: John Thomas School of Discovery 312 N. Market St. Nixa, Missouri 65714
Time: 9:00a – 12:00p
Cost: $30 GOCSD Member / $50 GOCSD Nonmember
Conference #2: February 6 – 7, 2020
Reading and Shaping Organizational Culture
Designing and Leading Change
Leadership Transitions & Succession Planning
GOCSD is proud to announce that Mike Rutherford has agreed to host an Artisan Leadership Conference in the Ozarks during the 2019 – 2020 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.
This conference series totals six days of learning consisting of three two-day workshops hosted in the fall, spring, and summer will be held at the Mountain Grove Public Schools High School Arena.
Time: 9:00a – 3:30p
Location: Mountain Grove High School Arena 420 N Main St, Mountain Grove, MO 65711
Parking information here .
Conference cost is $500 per person for each two-day conference or $1500 for all three.
Conference registration includes session(s), lunch, and materials.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
GOCSD has partnered with Nixa’s John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD) to offer STEAM-U during the 2019-2020 school year to offer a unique set of professional learning opportunities in an authentic, hands-on setting. Join us at JTSD to experience K-6th grade classrooms actively engaging in each topic of professional learning events listed below. All sessions combine an exclusive mixture of presentations, observations, and reflection with REAL teachers and students in a REAL school!
4/7/2020   Super STEAM: Emphasizing Social Studies and the Arts through science and engineering
With our current educational demands, social studies and the arts can get sidelined in pursuit of academic gains. Join us as we explore how we are using social studies and arts integration to enhance lessons and engage our students in the interconnected nature of learning.
Location: John Thomas School of Discovery 312 N. Market St. Nixa, Missouri 65714
Time: 9:00a – 12:00p
Cost: $30 GOCSD Member / $50 GOCSD Nonmember
Conference #3: June 18 – 19, 2020
Communication, Persuasion, and Influencing Skills
Leading High-Performing Teams
Ethics and Moral Decision Making
GOCSD is proud to announce that Mike Rutherford has agreed to host an Artisan Leadership Conference in the Ozarks during the 2019 – 2020 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.
This conference series totals six days of learning consisting of three two-day workshops hosted in the fall, spring, and summer will be held at the Mountain Grove Public Schools High School Arena.
Time: 9:00a – 3:30p
Location: Mountain Grove High School Arena 420 N Main St, Mountain Grove, MO 65711
Parking information here .
Conference cost is $500 per person for each two-day conference or $1500 for all three.
Conference registration includes session(s), lunch, and materials.
Tuesday, July 28-29, 2020
GOCSD has partnered with Nixa’s John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD) to offer STEAM-U during the 2019-2020 school year to offer a unique set of professional learning opportunities in an authentic, hands-on setting. Join us at JTSD to experience K-6th grade classrooms actively engaging in each topic of professional learning events listed below. All sessions combine an exclusive mixture of presentations, observations, and reflection with REAL teachers and students in a REAL school!
7/28 – 7/29/2020  STEAM-U : PBL Summit
Mark your calendar for a 2 day summit focused on transforming your classroom with project-based learning. We’ll move from an overview of project-based learning to a deep dive. This workshop is for educators with all experience levels and will include ample time to plan a project-based learning unit to kick-off your new school year. In addition to our learning, we will have guest speakers, teachers, and model classrooms available to round-out your experience. We look forward to bringing you along on this journey as we illuminate the value of project-based experiences in a 21st century classroom.
Location: John Thomas School of Discovery 312 N. Market St. Nixa, Missouri 65714
Time: 9:00a – 3:30p (June 28 & June 29)
Lunch: On your own
Cost: $120 GOCSD Member / $200 GOCSD Nonmember