DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — School is less than a week away for Houston County, Dothan City, and Henry County schools.

On Wednesday, they gathered together for the first annual Wiregrass Institute 2022.

The teachers for the three districts gathered to be given motivation and professional development for the upcoming school year.

Teachers heard from Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba, Alabama State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey, and, nationally recognized speaker and educator Ron Clark.

Clark gave the teachers some tips on how different ways to approach their teaching this upcoming year and how to bring a positive change in education.

“So being able to join together as a group and partner together is just one example of many ways we can partner together in the future,” Dothan City Schools, Superintendent Dr. Dennis Coe said.

Houston County Schools, Henry County Schools, and Dothan City Schools will all begin school on August 9th.