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🗺️ Location

Branson Convention Center on the Landing
200 S Sycamore St, Branson, MO 65616
Venue Map

🚗 Arrival

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 allow for free parking.

Stop by the Registration table outside the ballroom to check-in, get your lanyard and a program.



🕐 Schedule
Thursday, August 5th
  • 8:00 - 8:45 AM  Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:45 - 9:00 AM  Welcome
  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM  Keynote-Michael Bonner*
  • 10:00 - 10:30 AM  Q & A/Book Signing
  • 10:45 - 11:30 AM  Breakout/Roundtable Sessions and Vendor Visits
  • 11:30 - 1:00 PM  Lunch on your own
  • 1:00 - 1:45 PM  Breakout/Roundtable Sessions and Vendor Visits
  • 2:00 - 2:45 PM  Breakout/Roundtable Sessions and Vendor Visits
  • 3:00 - 3:45 PM  Breakout/Roundtable Sessions and Vendor Visits
  • 4:00 PM  Celebration with Vendors (In breakout session rooms)

Friday, August 6th
  • 7:45 - 8:30 AM  Continental Breakfast and Coffee available
  • 8:30 - 9:15 AM  Breakout/Roundtable Sessions and Vendor Visits
  • 9:30 - 10:15 AM  Breakout/Roundtable Sessions and Vendor Visits
  • 10:30 - 11:30 AM  Keynote - Jon Gordon*
  • 11:30 - 12:00 PM  Final announcements, Door Prizes and Book Signing
  • 12:00 PM Conference ends
* We will have alternate rooms with a closed feed available during the keynotes to ensure adequate physical distancing. The Cooper Creek rooms will be open and seats available for those who prefer that option.

🐦 #️Hashtag
#GOInnovate21

📱Everything GOCSD in Your Pocket
Download the GOCSD app and have easy access to your personal Innovation Summit schedule as well as all the event details. Just search GOCSD in the app store. You will also want to enter the Drawing for 2 free nights at the Branson Hilton, only available from the GOCSD app.

😷 COVID Precautions

We continue to monitor the increasing COVID-19 case counts due to the Delta variant. Please be advised that Taney County COVID-19 transmission levels remain elevated. Your personal safety and well-being are our top 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.

You have important work to do in your schools and communities in the coming weeks. While we have no hard data to support this notion, we believe that vaccination rates among educators are higher than that of the general population. However, the CDC is now recommending masks be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) to improve protection. The CDC recommendations are supported by the Taney County Health Department and Branson Convention Center. Consistent, correct mask usage is especially important  in crowded settings when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Masks are strongly encouraged at our event.

We are working with the Branson Convention Center to distance attendees as best as possible, and we will have hand sanitizer (provided by Pure & Clean) and disposable masks placed strategically throughout the site. We ask for district employees to consider sitting together when attending the keynote speaker sessions in the ballroom. We will have alternate rooms with a closed feed available during the keynotes to ensure adequate physical distancing. We ask that all attendees remain cognizant of all these efforts (masking, sitting  with school families, frequent washing of hands, and physical distancing) to ensure everyone has an enjoyable, safe learning experience.


🪑 Breakout and Roundtable Sessions

Here is a grid schedule of the breakout and roundtable sessions that includes a link to the slide decks.

📢 Vendor Presentations
Pop into any of the vendor presentations, no registration required.

DAY 1
Area 1:
10:00 AM: NWEA, Lisa Armstrong
10:30 AM: SmartScience
1:00 PM: Apptegy
1:30 PM: Ascend Math
2:00 PM: Iamnoticed.org
3:00 PM: Kincaid IT
3:30 PM: Solution Tree

Area 2:
10:00 AM: KCAV
10:30 AM: Scott Rice + Steelcase

DAY 2
Area 1:
8:30 AM: NearPod
9:00 AM: Kinkaid IT
9:30 AM: ST Math, MIND Research Institute
10:00 AM: Intrado SchoolMessenger

🥳 Celebrations

At 4:00 on Thursday, join us in the Ballroom for appetizers, drinks, music and door prizes.  We will be honoring our member districts and sharing their successes. Everyone is encouraged to stop by to enjoy networking and socializing opportunities with colleagues across our region. 

Dr. Dennis Cooper Celebration

We greatly appreciate the work of Dr. Dennis Cooper in leading GOCSD over the past six years. His leadership has been key to this organization becoming a leading voice for education in southwest Missouri. 

We hope many of you can attend the formal celebration for Dennis to be held in conjunction with the Innovation Summit Celebration in which honor many educators in our region.

  • Thursday, August 5, 2021

  • Ballroom on the first floor of the Branson Convention Center

  • 4:15-4:45 Dennis will be greeting colleagues in a receiving line as they enter the reception. Visitors can drop off a card.

  • 4:45-5:30 Formal reception and presentation honoring Dennis 

Please post a message or video for Dennis on his Retirement Celebration Kudoboard.

🛏️ Lodging
The GOCSD hotel room block rates end July 9th, or until the block is sold out.

Hilton Convention Center Hotel

GOCSD has secured a conference rate ($143.00 for Deluxe Queen Room) for the Branson Hilton Convention Center Hotel. The conference rate will be guaranteed 3 days prior and 3 days after the event to help with your planning! 

👉🏻 Reserve rooms at the Branson Hilton

Comfort Inn & Suites

We have also secured a room block at the Comfort Inn & Suites 5150 Gretna Road Branson MO 65616 that includes $94.00 for 2 Queen Beds.

Call Comfort Inn & Suites at 417-335-4731 and ask for the "GOCSD Innovation Summit Rate."