GOCSD Innovation Summit 2021


  • August 5th & 6th - Innovation Summit
  • Keynote Speakers: Michael Bonner & Jon Gordon
  • #GOInnovate21
  • innovationsummitmo.org
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2021 GOCSD Innovation Summit

Thursday, Aug. 5th 2021 at 8am to Friday, Aug. 6th 2021 at 12pm

Branson Convention Center, Branson, MO

Schedule of Events:

Innovation Summit - Day 1 Aug 5th

  • 8:00am-8:45am Registration/Breakfast

  • 8:45am-9:00am Welcome

  • 9:00am-10:00am Keynote-Michael Bonner

  • 10:00am-10:45am Q & A/Book Signing

  • 10:30am-11:30am - Breakout Sessions/Roundtables/Vendor Visits

  • 11:30am-1pm Lunch on Own

  • 1:00pm-1:45pm Breakout Sessions

  • 2:00pm-2:45pm Breakout Sessions

  • 3:00pm-3:45pm Breakout sessions

  • 4:00pm- Celebration with Vendors (In breakout session rooms)

Innovation Summit - Day 2 Aug 6th
  • 7:45am Breakfast & coffee available

  • 8:30am-9:15am Breakouts/Possible Innovation Showcases

  • 9:30am-10:15am Breakouts/Possible Innovation Showcases

  • 10:30am-11:30am Keynote - Jon Gordon

  • 11:30am-12:00pm Final announcements/Door Prizes

  • 11:30am Book signing/Door Prizes

  • 12:00pm Conference ends


Hotel Information

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! Reservation link coming soon!

We have also secured a room block at the Comfort Inn & Suites 5150 Gretna Road Branson MO 65616. Please call 417-335-4731 and ask for the GOCSD Innovation Summit Rate ($94.00 for 2 Queen Beds).

The GOCSD hotel room block rates end July 9th (or until the block is sold out).

Michael Bonner - Keynote Speaker Thursday August 5, 2021

"I wish I could go back to second grade, so Mr. Bonner could be my teacher," were the words Ellen Degeneres released on her social media accounts to 50+ million followers. This is when she learned of how Mr. Bonner's mind capturing teaching methods encouraged students to go above and beyond on a reading test.

Mr. Bonner was previously an inspiring teacher at North Carolina's South Greenville Elementary, where the majority of students have strenuous familial dynamics and some are homeless. The school is 100% FRL (free and reduced lunch) and is located in a marginalized neighborhood in Eastern North Carolina. Michael will start at The Ron Clark Academy as a 4th grade teacher in the fall of 2019.

In early 2017, Bonner was honored by Ellen DeGeneres in recognition of his positive and innovative educational approaches for children coping adverse childhood experiences. Ellen presented Bonner and his school with technical equipment to assist in the creation of music videos serving as aids to education. Additionally, Wal-Mart presented the school with $25,000, and the Ellen Show created a Go Fund Me site for South Greenville, which has raised over $88,000 for the Title I school. However, the amazing journey did not stop there! One month after he first appeared on her show, Ellen flew Mr. Bonner and his entire second-grade class to visit with her again at her studio. Twenty children from Mr. Bonner's class received an all-expense-paid trip to Los Angeles, California. The students recorded in a professional studio had class on a Hollywood set, and made a professional music video with Ellen, Big Sean, Ice Cube, Migos, Ty Dolla Sign, and Lin Manuel Miranda! Mr.Bonner's class was then awarded another $20,000 from Wal-Mart to assist in creating a more prosperous learning environment.

His efforts to change the learning culture have also captured attention from other national news outlets. NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Flocabulary, the Ashton Kutcher Foundation, and Remind all released stories on how Mr. Bonner is utilizing innovative strategies to help counter the negative stereotype within education. Since June 2017, Michael has conducted over 100 keynotes and breakout sessions to educators all across the world.

With only six years in K-12 education, Mr. Bonner is consistently seen as a visionary leader who strives to create a positive mindset among all of his students. He understands that his students come to class each day with diverse backgrounds, strengths, needs, and challenges, and seeks to identify strategies to ensure the growth of their social, emotional, academic, and psychological needs. Because of his approach to education, students leave feeling a little more hopeful, challenged, inspired, and forever a part of Bonnerville!

Jon Gordon - Keynote Speaker Friday August 6, 2021

Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the author of 18 books including multiple best-sellers: The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, You Win in the Locker Room First, The Power of Positive Leadership and The Power of a Positive Team. His latest book is The Coffee Bean: A Simple Lesson to Create Positive Change. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Los Angeles Dodgers, The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Dell, Publix, Southwest Airlines, LA Clippers, Miami Heat, Pittsburgh Pirates, BB&T Bank, Clemson Football, Northwestern Mutual, West Point Academy and more.

Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.

Have you downloaded the GOCSD mobile app yet?

Greater Ozarks Cooperating School Districts is thrilled to announce our new mobile app! With the app, you can receive notifications about our new events and the latest on-demand content in our Canvas Catalog. Scroll a list of our upcoming events and register right from your phone. You will get updates about our Innovation Summit Conference and receive our news and social media posts.

Download the app for free. It’s everything GOCSD, in your pocket. Search GOCSD in the Apple or Android App Store.


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Greater Ozarks Cooperating School Districts (GOCSD)

Dr. Michelle Brenner

GOCSD Innovation Summit Coordinator