Innovation Summit


August 4-5, 2022

Branson Convention Center 200 East Main Street

Branson MO


We invite you to participate in the GOCSD's showcase professional learning event, Innovation Summit 2022, the premiere educational conference in Southwest Missouri.

Why You Should Attend

  • Be inspired by international keynote speakers

  • Learn from our Member Districts and Universities about innovative practices that work

  • Network and build connections with area colleagues

  • Connect with our Vendor Partners and take advantage of GOCSD discounts

  • Choose from a wide selection of sessions on relevant and timely topics to develop a schedule that meets your needs 

  • Celebrate the education profession

  • Leave motivated and excited to implement new impactful, practical and sustainable strategies 

  • Win free prizes

  • Wrap up your summer break with some fun in Branson


Registration fees

Substitutions are encouraged as refunds will not be provided.

Member Universities


Faculty from one of our Member Universities will need to pay $20 in advance using our Payment Portal. Teacher Education Students attending one of our Member Universities can attend for free.



Non-members will need to pay $100 in advance using our Payment Portal.


Member Districts

Member Districts do NOT use the Payment Portal. They will be invoiced after the event. Each District Member will be billed for a certain number of seats, whether they are used or not. The seat allotment is 1% of your enrollment, at a rate of $20. The minimum seat allotment is 5. If a district’s registrations go beyond their allotted number, each additional seat will be billed at $20 each.

select your sessions

Use our registration site to sign-up and select your sessions. Participants from Member Universities and Non-Members will need to submit payment to secure their registration. Presenters need to register and select the sessions they wish to attend when not presenting. FFLN members and others interested in the leadership can look for the 3 yellow sessions, or click the "Future Focused Leadership Strand" under Filter by Type. 

  1. ​Click the red Register Now button to access our registration site.

  2. Click the Sign up link if this is your first time to use Sched, or login if you already have a Sched account. Please use your school email address.

  3. Click on the open circle next to each session that you want to attend. 

  4. Search GOCSD in the Apple Store or Google Play Store to install our app, which provides access to your conference schedule: Innovation Summit>My Schedule.


🎁 Once you have installed the GOCSD app, you will have access to the form to enter a drawing for 2 free nights at the Branson Hilton!


Thursday, August 4th

8am Registration and Breakfast

9am Keynote: Bill Daggett

10:30 Breakout Session 1

11:15 Lunch on Your Own

1 pm Breakout Session 2

2 pm Breakout Session 3

3 pm Breakout Session 4

Friday, August 5th

7:45am Registration and Breakfast

8:30am Breakout Session 5

9:30am Breakout Session 6

10:30am Keynote: Kim Bearden

11:30am Door Prizes


Venue & Lodging

  • The Branson Convention Center is located on the Branson Landing. It is connected to the Hilton Branson Hotel.

  • We have secured a conference rate for attendees at the Hilton Branson, Hilton Promenade and the Comfort Inn.

  • Make the most of your visit by exploring the many things to do in Branson.


When arriving at the venue for the conference, you will need to pay to park unless you use the lot at the south end of the Convention Center. That lot has been sponsored by AspirEdu to provide free parking.


To check in at the conference, stop by the registration tables outside the ballroom where you will get your lanyard which is your ticket into all the sessions.


Covid Precautions

The health and safety of its members, partners, and visitors is GOCSD's highest priority and we trust that you will make the best decision regarding your attendance. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and request someone be sent in your place. Our commitment to creating a safe environment will continue to come first as we strive to facilitate outstanding events and excellent experiences for our members. GOCSD will abide by the health and safety orders of the county, city, and state in which the event is held. 


Dr. Michelle Brenner, Innovation Summit Coordinator

Kathy Gross, GOCSD Director of Professional Learning

Janetta Garton, GOCSD Director of Digital Learning and Communications