Membership Benefits

Why Join GOCSD?

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

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.

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

  • Have the opportunity to participate in Member Hosted PL Events.

  • 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.

  • Submit proposals to present a breakout session or host a roundtable discussion at Innovation Summit.

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

  • Register new teachers our Beginning Teachers Assistance Program.

  • Save money with discounted registration fees.

  • Send education students from a Member University/College to any of our professional learning events for free.


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 remind communities, business leaders and policymakers of 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.

  • Have the opportunity to apply for a GOInnovate Grant.

  • Submit celebrations, programs and offerings (up to 3 per school year) to be shared with our community as a Member Spotlight in GONews.

Meaningful Partnerships

Our Members have access to relevant educational partners.

  • Connect with our partners to collaborate and learn.

  • Receive discounts and special pricing.

  • Have access to and learn about quality products and services.

  • Utilize financial management services through MOCAAT.

  • Choose to be a sponsor at our Innovation Summit Conference as a Member University/College.

  • Submit a proposal to present at our Virtual Partner Fair as a Member University/College.

What Members are Saying

Collaboration with other districts, leaders, and state leaders has been a remarkable asset to our district. Also, the professional development that GOCSD offers is top notch and we are so grateful to have quality learning for all members. -Nixa


This membership helps both smaller and larger schools stay connected through networking and serves as a huge resource in keeping up with the continuous changes in education. It's comforting to know, as a leader, there is always a readily available resource! -Taneyville


This is a great opportunity to be a partner with and learn from our regional colleagues as we advocate for and provide robust public education for all students. -Springfield


We have received quality professional development services and opportunities for our staff that have made positive impacts to teaching and learning. -Mountain Grove


Partnership in collaboration, networking of ideas, discounts and group rates in purchasing, advocacy and learning, support for state level requirements. -Reeds Spring


Our GOCSD Membership provides useful collaboration and support from staff and other SWMO professional educators. The research-based professional development is crucial for school improvement. -Cassville


The collaboration is a tremendous asset! We appreciate the professional learning opportunities, as well as the advocacy at the state level. -Lebanon


Professional Development is rich and relevant! Promotes collaboration throughout the state, provides meaningful connections with educators throughout Southwest Missouri and beyond. -Bolivar


By providing professional development opportunities, networking, and by giving public educators a voice with our local and state government officials. -Willard


GOCSD gives us access to high quality collaboration and professional development at a great cost. -Oran


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.