Membership Benefits

Why Join GOCSD?

GOCSD serves our members by promoting collaborative professional learning, advocating for and celebrating the educational profession, and promoting meaningful partnerships with businesses.

Superintendents: Dr. Chris Ford from Fordland R-3, Dr. Aaron Gerla from Ash Grove R-IV, Dr. Merlyn Johnson from Cassville R-IV, and Dr. Matt Pearson from Republic R-III

Professional Learning

Our Members have access to high quality professional learning.

  • Have a voice in what professional learning topics are offered.

  • Participate in high quality professional learning sessions, both seated and virtual, facilitated by leaders from our member districts, for free or at a minimal cost.

  • Learn from international educational experts at our multi-day events, and become members of a regional learning community.

  • Access our on-demand catalog, choosing topics that target needs, as it suits your schedule.

  • Attend Innovation Summit, our premier educational conference with international keynote speakers and breakout sessions by regional leaders and experts, forming connections with other educators and partners.

  • Participate in networking sessions to connect with others in the region with like roles/responsibilities.

  • Utilize our Foundations of Effective Teacher Program which includes a BTAP for new hires and a series for those who support new teachers.

  • Save money with discounted registration fees.


Our Members have opportunities to advocate for public education.

  • Join the Teacher Proud Tuesday campaign to lift up and celebrate the profession and those currently serving, to recruit and inspire candidates to consider teaching, and to inform communities, business leaders and policymakers the importance of public education.

  • Participate in our GOKey Communicators program. This group receives free training and on-going support on how to regularly communicate with regional legislators about the effects of proposed legislation on their local school districts.

  • Have a voice at the local, state and national level.

  • Be notified of key issues that currently affect schools.

Meaningful Partnerships

Our Members have access to relevant educational partners.

  • Connect with our partners to collaborate and learn.

  • Receive discounts and special pricing from our many Partners.

  • Have access to learn about quality products and services from our Partners.

  • Utilize financial management services through MOCAAT.

GOCSD Publications

Our Members receive GOCSD publications.

  • GONews: Distributed twice a month. Includes PL events open for registration, new on-demand content, member spotlights, opportunities from our partners, and more.

  • Superintendents Update: Distributed as needed. Includes timely topics, invitations to upcoming virtual discussions of hot topics, legislative news, etc.

  • Ambassador Guide: The GOCSD Ambassador, as designated by each member organization, receives a monthly digital guide with a short of list tips to be sure that their organization is not missing out on any timely opportunities or membership benefits.