State Department of Education announces new format for summer conference


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (March 24, 2016) – Citing budget concerns, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) recently announced a new format for its summer conference, EngageOK. Six thousand educators attend this annual training event, which offers professional development and important updates on federal and state education law.
 
Historically held over several days in Oklahoma City, EngageOK will instead take place in July 2016 at regional sites around the state.
 
"The education community has faced so much anxiety and uncertainty about funding," said OSDE communications executive director Steffie Corcoran. "We don’t want teachers or districts to have to stress their budgets to pay for travel to and accommodations in Oklahoma City. Site mini-conferences in various locations eliminate that worry and still deliver the professional development they need. In addition, it is important for us at OSDE to tighten our own fiscal belts while school districts are making far greater sacrifices."
 
Providing summer staff development opportunities for educators is key, Corcoran said. Of particular interest is the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which Congress enacted in December after repealing No Child Left Behind.
 
Officials are in the process of finalizing regional sites and agendas. For additional information, contact OSDE events coordinator Martha Eaves at (405) 522-8767 or martha.eaves@sde.ok.gov.
Last updated on March 24, 2016