Important Notice About the EngageOK Summer Conference


As many of you may already have heard, we have recently made a difficult decision regarding the EngageOK summer conference. I do not need to tell you that common education, like all state-funded entities, has faced a brutal budget year in FY 2016, and more challenges are ahead in the next. The only unknown at this point is the degree to which we will see our funding reduced. With budget considerations foremost in mind, we regret to announce that the conference will not take place this July in Oklahoma City as originally planned. 
 
We are mindful that teachers and administrators will still need professional development essential for the new ESSA requirements and Oklahoma Academic Standards. Many of you have let us know that your district and personal travel budgets are stretched thin, so we’ve decided to take EngageOK on the road and come to you!
 
A series of regional conferences will be held in July 2016, and although we don’t have the exact schedule nailed down just yet, we will very soon. In fact, one of our keynote speakers originally slated to present at the EngageOK conference event has offered to bring his session to you in this new format as well. We’re overwhelmed by the outpouring of support to continue to provide a rich and meaningful professional development experience for Oklahoma educators, and this year, we are happy to do it with your convenience and budget realities in mind.
 
We look forward to seeing you in July!
 
Sincerely,
Superintendent Joy Hofmeister
Last updated on March 22, 2016