A Letter from the President
Bradley Countermine, PhD
The Spring semester is upon us. Hopefully you had a successful Fall session. Spring is right around the corner...only 58 days away. In the meantime, I would like to remind you of the 11th Annual NYSDTSEA Conference, which takes place at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY on March 7, 2020. We have plenty of informative and useful activities planned. AAA will be there with new facts and figures, Donna Stressel will be presenting on Car-Fit and why it's important to fit securely in your vehicle. Dave Arnone will update us on the New York State Curriculum Project and Rob Lyon from NYSDMV will discuss the new 5 hour online format. Toyota will have a virtual field trip/presentation educating us on their standard safety equipment and options on their current vehicles. As always, the buffet is included in your registration fee (it's a hit every year!).
In other news, if you teach driver education and also get a stipend for administrative duties (filling out paperwork, scheduling courses, etc), please contact me at email@example.com. Late last year, the association advocated on behalf of some members that may not have received full credit toward their retirement salary for driver education. Though NYSTRS seems to have backed off (if programs meet the NYSED requirements, your driver education salary should be added to your retirement profile), administrative stipends are in a grey area. We're still working on it with NYSTRS, but I need to know how many members may be affected.
I hope to see you at the conference on March 7. Stay safe on the road and thanks for all you do for novice drivers.
Yours in Driver Education,
Brad Countermine, PhD
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