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Texoma teachers get training to connect with students

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Educators from across south central Oklahoma met in Durant on July 17, 2019. (KTEN) Educators from across south central Oklahoma met in Durant on July 17, 2019. (KTEN)
Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister was in Durant for Engage OK on July 17, 2019. (KTEN) Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister was in Durant for Engage OK on July 17, 2019. (KTEN)

DURANT, Okla. -- Hundreds of educators gathered at Durant High School Wednesday for training as part of an annual statewide seminar called Engage OK.

"Teachers and school leaders aren't having to travel to Oklahoma City for this kind of training, and it's free," explained State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister. "We're coming here, there's no fee, and we're spending the whole day."

Wednesday's primary topic was training about childhood adversity, and how teachers can connect with those students and help give them the same learning opportunities as other kids.

"We know that many of our children have experienced some neglect or abuse. or their parents might be struggling with incarceration or addiction," Hofmeister said.

Teachers were also briefed about current and updated education laws, learning new teaching techniques, and the opportunity to meet educators from all over the state.

"We have people from Ardmore, Thackerville... we get to learn from each other as well as from our state department people," high school teacher Bethany Bishop said.

Bixby is the next stop on the Engage OK road trip, and it will end its five-city tour next Tuesday in Moore.

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