Innovation Summit


August 4-5, 2022

Branson Convention Center 200 East Main Street

Branson MO

Future Focused Leadership strand

Register for these 4 sessions that are designed specifically for building and district level school leaders. The topics are timely and highly-relevant to the current Missouri educational context. Interested participants should register for the Innovation Summit and choose the “Future Focused Leadership Strand" under "Filter by Type" (yellow). These sessions will all be held in the Branson Convention Center Ballroom. 

Session Descriptions

Thursday, August 4th

#1 daggett Deep Dive PART 1

10:30 - 11:15 AM Daggett Deep Dive Part 1

with Dr. Bill Daggett

This deeper dive will allow you to further explore the specifics of Dr. Daggett’s Keynote address. Learn how school leaders can revitalize the current PreK–12 system and challenge assumptions about the purposes, benefits, and effectiveness of current practices. Take this opportunity to learn more from an international expert and to immediately process your learning with colleagues. 

[during Breakout session 1]

11:30 - 12:30 PM Lunch on your own OR Superintendents and University Members are invited to register for the Why GO with GOCSD Lunch.

New things are happening at GOCSD that you need to know about! Superintendents and University Members are invited to enjoy a lunch provided by MoCAAT and Stifel at the Innovation Summit while getting an insider’s peek at the innovative things we have in the works including: the program for our Membership Meetings with topics that support MSIP 6, a new advocacy series for leaders, and support for the Success Ready Students Initiative. Hear from other districts on how they are maximizing their GOCSD membership. As a member driven organization we also want to hear what your needs are and how GOCSD can help. 

Be sure to register for the Why GO with GOCSD lunch so that we will have a meal for you.

#2 daggett Deep Dive PART 2

1 - 1:50 PM Dagget Deep Dive Part 2

with Dr. Bill Daggett

This deeper dive will continue the exploration with Dr. Daggett. Analyze how school leaders can revitalize the current PreK–12 system and challenge assumptions about the purposes, benefits, and effectiveness of current practices. Use this extension as a chance to learn more from an international expert and to immediately process your learning with colleagues. 

[during Breakout session 2]

#3 Real World Learning

2 - 3:30 PM Real World Learning Part 1

with Dr. Jeremy Tucker, Superintendent at Liberty Public Schools


Learn about the journey and innovative efforts of one school district in the Kansas City area which engages PreK-to-12th grade student’s in real world, personalized learning experiences. Dr. Tucker will also share about several Kansas City area districts’ partnerships with the local business community, and how they have collaboratively determined Market Value Assets which recognizes when students master essential workforce competencies. This region of the state has over 60 schools engaged in this business-to-school partnership.

[during Breakout session 3 & 4

3:30 - 4 PM Real World Learning Part 2

with Mrs. Dana Hubbard, Director of Student Experiences at Springfield Public Schools


Learn about the basic tenets for how and why leaders must ensure all students are having opportunities for authentic place-based learning experiences. Hear examples of various approaches for providing real world learning for PreK-12th grade students. 

[during Breakout session 4]

Friday, August 5th

#4 Real World Learning & Success Ready

8:30 - 9 AM Real World Learning Part 3

with Dr. Jason Snodgrass, Superintendent at Fort Osage Schools


Many rural school leaders serving communities with limited business resources often view this context as a barrier to  providing students with Real World Learning experiences. Hear how one district in Missouri’s northwest region has a creative approach for how smaller, more rural school districts can create opportunities for students to have internships and other authentic real world experiences. 

[during Breakout session 5]

9 - 9:20 AM What do we know about the Success Ready Students Initiative Part 1

with Dr. Craig Carson, Assistant Superintendent at Ozark Public Schools


Dr. Carson was one of the small group facilitators for the DESE Success Ready Students Work Group (SRSWG). He will share an overview of the processes and the professional learning in which the group engaged, and provide insight around the recommendations from these 100 Missouri stakeholders. The SRSWG work focused on creating a competency-based, personalized learning approach and a redesigned assessment system for all levels of the educational spectrum including: classroom, building, district and state. 

[during Breakout session 5]

9:20 - 9:50 AM What do we know about the Success Ready Students Initiative Part 2

with Dr. Pam Hedgpeth, Executive Director for GOCSD


Dr. Hedgpeth was one of the facilitators who led the DESE Success Ready Students Work Group. She will provide details regarding the Work Group’s recommendation for creating Innovation Zones. She will share the various opportunities for interested districts to engage in a network of designing innovative practices (including redesigning the current assessment system) and professional learning opportunities around competency-based learning. 

[during Breakout session 6]

9:50 - 10:15 AM Leading in Complex Budget Times

with Dr. John Jungmann and Dr. Jason Hoffman, Directors at MoCAAT


These experts will provide insight around this timely topic. This session was added to help district and building leaders consider action related to recent legislation including:  ESSER, Transportation Funds, Teacher Salary Grants, Career Ladder, and upcoming shifts in WADA. These are difficult times for school leaders to know how to budget effectively. Jason Hoffman and John Jungmann with a combined 40+ years of experience in school leadership in the state of Missouri, will provide updates regarding issues and opportunities facing districts in the area of school finance and lead a discussion regarding how districts are budgeting, spending and forecasting for the future during these unpredictable times.   

[during Breakout session 6]

Please know that it is acceptable at any time to step out to visit a different breakout session.

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Future Focused Leadership Strand

When registering look for the the 3 yellow sessions, or click "Future Focused Leadership Strand" under Filter by Type. 



Dr. Bill Daggett

My drive to lead educational reform started in the classroom over 50 years ago. My experience as a teacher, a local administrator, and a director with the New York State Education Department revealed how necessary it was that we start preparing our children for the future, instead of maintaining the stagnant systems of education of the past. I have committed myself for the past several decades to revitalizing PreK–12 systems across the world by challenging our assumptions about the purposes, benefits, and effectiveness of current practices. In establishing the International Center for Leadership in Education, I have been able to leverage the experience and skills of a passionate community of educational leaders to help me in this effort. Together, using research-driven methodologies, we have inspired and enabled thousands of schools and districts to improve culture, teaching practices, and student achievement.

My work and ICLE’s work will not be done until our public school systems can effectively improve outcomes for all students. This is especially close to my heart. My daughter, Audrey, struggles with a neurological disorder. Learning disabilities like Audrey’s, if not addressed in our schools, affect the opportunities of millions of students. I owe so much to Wildwood Programs in upstate New York where Audrey receives the attention she needs to be the best she can be.

When not crisscrossing the globe, you can find me volunteering at Wildwood with my wife, Bonnie.

Dr. Jeremy Tucker

Dr. Tucker is in his eighth year as Superintendent of the Liberty Public Schools in Liberty, Missouri. Under his leadership, the district embarked on a facility master planning process that resulted in the passage of a $49 million no-tax increase bond issue with 82% voter approval. In 2017 Liberty Public Schools was accepted into the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. League districts pioneer innovative learning and leadership practices that lead to improved outcomes for students and that help prepare them for learning for life. In addition, Dr. Tucker was named as a recipient of the “20 to Watch” educators for 2016-2017 by the National School Boards Association. Additionally, he was named as the Missouri Superintendent of the Year in 2019.

Prior to arriving in Liberty, Dr. Tucker served as Superintendent, High School Principal, Teacher, and Coach in the Logan-Rogersville School District in Rogersville, Missouri. His first position in school administration was in the Dallas County School District in Buffalo, Missouri, where he served as a High School Assistant Principal.

He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Evangel University, Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Southwest Baptist University, and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University.

Although born in Missouri, Dr. Tucker spent 12 years overseas with stays in France, Togo, and Burkina Faso. He has been married to Rebecca for 24 years and they have two children Madison, an 11th grader, and Jonas, an 8th grader.  

Dana Hubbard

Dana Hubbard is the Director of Summer Learning and Student Experiences at Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, MO; and has served in this role for nearly 7 years. Prior to this role, Dana was a teacher of both 3rd and 4th graders, and served as a building principal for 10 years.  Dana’s team strives to build engaging, relevant, and personalized student experiences and extensive and varied community partnerships.  The programs supported by her department include:  Explore (SPS’s summer learning program), SPS Choice Programs, and the Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies program known as GO CAPS.  

Dr. Jason Snodgrass

Dr. Jason Snodgrass became Superintendent for the Fort Osage School District in July 2015.  Prior to serving as Superintendent, Dr. Snodgrass served as the Fort Osage High School principal. Prior to his work at Fort Osage High School, Dr. Snodgrass served as the Principal at Polo R-VII High School from 2003 to 2009.  Snodgrass has also served in the Marceline R-V and the Brookfield R-III Districts. 

Dr. Snodgrass has been recognized with a number of distinctions and accomplishments.  He was recognized as the Missouri High School Principal of the Year in 2014.  He was also named the Missouri Association of Student Councils Administrator of the Year for the Kansas City Area, and the Greater Kansas City Principal of the Year in 2013.  Dr. Snodgrass was also selected as the administrator of the year for the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association in 2014.   

Dr. Snodgrass earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Central Missouri, in Warrensburg, MO.  He holds a Master of Science in Education and an Education Specialist degree from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO. Snodgrass obtained a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from St. Louis University in May 2010.  

Dr. Snodgrass and his wife Jodie live in Independence, MO with their five children.  Outside of school,  Dr. Snodgrass serves as a youth league basketball coach.

Dr. Craig Carson

Assistant Superintendent of Learning at Ozark Schools
Ed.D. Educational Leadership - Saint Louis University 
The Assistant Superintendent of Learning oversees all levels of curriculum development and implementation supervising the Executive Director of Secondary Learning, the Executive Director of Elementary Learning, the Executive Director of Special Services and the Executive Director of Student Services.  

Dr. pam Hedgpeth

Dr. Pam Hedgpeth has a passion for education and has focused on training and supporting school leaders since her retirement from PK-12 public education. She loved her work as a twenty-eight-year public school educator and sees her current work as Executive Director of GOCSD a way to “give back” to a profession she loves.

She is a former superintendent of the Republic R-III Schools and prior to this position she held the titles of assistant superintendent, elementary principal and elementary teacher. Dr. Hedgpeth serves on staff at the National Center for Education and the Economy and engages in international research that focuses on a system approach for designing high performing education entities. Through this role she works with and supports school leaders across the nation in designing world class educational systems.

She was an integral part in developing the educational leadership doctorate program at Southwest Baptist University. She has served on several statewide committees for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She was also a former President of the Southwest Missouri Superintendent’s Association, founding member of the Republic Community Foundation, former member of Springfield’s Mayor’s Commission on Children, Greene County Library Foundation Board, Missouri Methodist Foundation Board and Ozark Empire Fair Foundation Board. Pam lives in Clever, Missouri on a farm with her husband Kent (a coach and former teacher). They have two daughters Josey McPhail and Molly Eulinger, both who are Missouri educators.

Dr. John JungmanN

Director of MoCAAT, Coordinator, Sales and Relationship Management at PMA

Dr. John Jungmann joined the PMA firm in 2021 as Coordinator, Sales and Relationship Management, partnering with the Missouri Capital Asset Advantage Treasury (MOCAAT) to serve school districts throughout the state of Missouri. Dr. Jungmann has served as a strategic and visionary leader in Missouri schools for over 23 years.

During his tenure, Dr. Jungmann has championed efforts to support students and school districts through advocacy, collaboration and partnership. His efforts include engagement with legislators, advocating for full funding of the foundation formula and against provisions that could drain valuable resources from Missouri schools. His previous professional experience includes service in Liberty Public Schools, Monett R-1 School District and Lamar R-1 School District.

Dr. Jungmann has demonstrated his commitment to supporting Missouri school administrators by serving as President of the Missouri Association of School Administrators, and as a member of the American Association of School Administrators Governing Board and Executive Committee. In addition, he has been recognized by his peers on multiple occasions, including being named Missouri Superintendent of the Year by the Missouri Association of School Administrators in 2017, Administrator of the Year by the Missouri School Public Relations Association in 2016, and most recently, receiving the MASA Pearce Award in the spring of 2019.

Dr. Jungmann is a 1998 graduate of Missouri Southern State University and obtained his Master of Science in education and Specialist in educational administration degrees from Missouri State University. He earned a doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas in 2006.

Dr. Jason hoffman

Director of MoCAAT, Coordinator, Sales and Relationship Management at PMA

Jason joined the PMA firm in 2021 as Coordinator, Sales and Relationship Management, partnering with the Missouri Capital Asset Advantage Treasury (MOCAAT) to serve school districts throughout the state of Missouri. Jason has over 20 years of experience in financial leadership for Missouri schools and began his career in finance with the State of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. He went on to serve as Business Manager for St. James R-I School District and Hallsville R-IV/Centralia R-VI School Districts, and most recently was the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer of Jefferson City Schools. He served on the MoASBO Board for seven years, including one year as President. He also served 11 years on the PSRS/PEERS Board of Trustees, including seven years as Vice Chairman and one year as Chairman of the Board. Jason was awarded MoASBO School Business Official of the Year award in 2010 and the Distinguished Eagle Award from ASBO International in 2019.

Jason received his Bachelor degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance from Southeast Missouri State University and Masters of Business Administration from William Woods University.



Dr. Pam Hedgpeth, GOCSD Executive Director

Kathy Gross, GOCSD Director of Professional Learning

Janetta Garton, GOCSD Director of Digital Learning and Communications