August eNewsletter

2012 ADTSEA Conference

The 56th Annual ADTSEA Conference was held in Appleton, WI July 15 – 18, 2012.  Thirty-two ADTSEA members attended the preconference workshop introducing ADTSEA’s 3.0 Driver Education Curriculum.  They were provided with an overview of the curriculum and a demonstration of the ADTSEA 3.0 Online Training Course expected for launch in January 2013. Members reported that the keynote speakers, Ron Cole and Stephen Bargatze, were both entertaining and inspirational.  Wisconsin presented to the group on the future of driver education and licensing in their state.  Presenters spoke on a variety of topics ranging from distracted driving to how students learn.  Members and their guests enjoyed the host outings to Lambeau Field, Door County and the Oshkosh Aircraft Museum.  During the closing banquet, Randy Thiel was awarded the 2012 Kaywood Award and the new ADTSEA officers were inducted.  Visit the ADTSEA website at for downloaded presentations and pictures from the conference.  The Wisconsin Host Committee deserves a round of applause for all their hard work in preparation for the conference and their support during the conference.   Thank you to all our members for your continued support of ADTSEA and we look forward to seeing you all in Portland, Maine next year! 
Mark your calendar for July 14-17, 2013!


2012 Richard Kaywood Memorial Award

Randy Thiel of Wisconsin received the 2012 Richard Kaywood Memorial Award, sponsored by AAA National. In 1985, and each year thereafter, at the annual ADTSEA conference the award is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to traffic safety in memory of Dr. Richard Kaywood, who served the Association and traffic safety education for many years.   Congratulations Randy!


Congratulations 2012 TEA Winners

The American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association’s (ADTSEA) Teacher Excellence Award (TEA) sponsored by The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF), honors outstanding driver and traffic safety educators.   The individuals chosen this year were:

Gerald Apple, WA
Kevin Masse, VT
Richard Salboro, HI
Rachel Wilson, MI


Congratulations on Your Retirement

Bill Wulzyn retired after 35 years as a Driver Education Instructor at Lenoir County Schools.  Bill has been a longtime member of ADTSEA, serving as president of the Northeast Region in 1982.  Read about his career and achievements in an article printed in the Kinston paper.


New era of cars ushers in new rules of the road

Old habits die hard, and so do old-school driving lessons.
Changes in vehicle design, such as the introduction of power steering, and technology like airbags and anti-lock brakes have prompted a change in how we drive, says Maria Wojtczak, co-founder and chief operating officer of DrivingMBA, an Arizona-based driver training and education provider. In fact, some formerly advocated driving practices no longer are valid.  Read the article and Dr. Allen Robinson’s, ADTSEA CEO,  contributions here.

Upcoming Events

2012 ODTSEA Fall Conference
October 12th - 14th
Eagle Crest Resort
Bend, Oregon
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2012 WTSEA/DOL Fall Conference
October 19th & 20th
Confluence Technology Center
Wenatchee, Washington
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2012 NETSEA Conference
November 3rd & 4th
Holiday Inn Boxborough
Boxborough, MA

2013 KDSEA Conference
March 6th, 2013
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Training Acadamy
Salina, KS
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