Educators experience interactive training seminar

Forty-four Poteau Primary School and Poteau Upper Elementary School teachers participated in Payne Education Center Training during the last week of June. Poteau Upper Elementary School hosted the week-long training sessions for Poteau teachers and teachers from surrounding areas.Payne Education Center is an Oklahoma based, non-profit organization established in 1984 for the purpose of training teachers to advance literacy and to reach learners with language learning difficulties such as dyslexia. All training curricula are alphabetic phonics-based, a scientifically-based multisensory approach to reading, spelling and handwriting based upon the scientific work of neurologist Dr. Samuel Orton and educator Anna Gillingham.Patty Clay, Poteau Upper Elementary reading interventionist said, “I have attended Payne trainings for several years, and I look forward to it because I leave the classes energized and excited about how I am going to use what I have learned. What I learned in this training will make learning more fun and meaningful for my students.”“I found the Payne Training to be great, and I would recommend every elementary teacher attend. It has lots of hands-on activities that will help students improve academically,” said Charlene Remy, Poteau Primary School second grade teacher.Training sessions were taught by master instructors Debbie Rummage, structured language basics; Liz Davis, reading and writing techniques; Connie McGann, reading and writing techniques; and Sue Kirk, energizing readiness, navigate readiness and crossing the bridge. Additional information about Payne Education Center can be accessed at