Annual NCDTSEA Conference
My hope and prayer for each of you is that you are well and that you are able to navigate your way through this global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 Coronavirus and the maze/roadblocks that it has caused our profession.
Because of COVID-19, we have had to make many, many adjustments to our lives and to the way we go about our business. Our annual conference has not escaped these required adjustments.
The NCDTSEA Board of Directors met and decided to move forward with plans for our 2021 annual conference. Because of the many moving parts and because we do not know from day to day what we might be required to adjust, our 2021 conference will look different. We will essentially split the conference into two parts. On Saturday, April 24, 2021, we will hold our Early Bird sessions virtually. On Friday and Saturday, September 17-18, 2021, we will come together in person at the Village Inn Conference Center in Clemmons, NC to complete the second portion of our conference. Our hope is that most, if not all of our membership will have received their COVID-19 vaccinations by this September date.
The Virtual Early Bird portion of the conference will consist of a two hour session on Saturday morning April 24th, break for lunch, and then reassemble for another two hour session on the afternoon of Saturday April 24, 2021 – for a total of 4 hours. The cost for the Virtual Early Bird has been adjusted since the meal has been eliminated.
The in-person portion of the conference will begin with distributing registration packets on Friday, Sept 17th beginning at 8:00am. The main portion of the conference will take place on Friday, September 17th beginning at 1:00pm and ending on Saturday September 18th at the conclusion of the Awards Luncheon around 3:00pm. Board Members will assemble on Friday September 17th at 10:00am for a meeting.
As in past years, we will offer 12 hours (1.2CEU’s) credit for the in-person conference portion only and 16 hours (1.6 CEU’s) for those who participated in both the Virtual Early Bird and the in-person sessions.
Another adjustment that we have made this year is that you will be able to register and pay online. We will utilize Pay Pal to facilitate that process. To participate in the Virtual Early Bird, you must have the necessary computer equipment and the ability to get online and you must have a working e-mail address. A copy of this letter and the registration form will be posted on the NCDTSEA Website – Please share this information with your colleagues.
To pre-register for the Virtual Early Bird and the in-person conference, please follow the instructions on the registration form.
Connie Sessoms, Jr.
NCDTSEA Executive Secretary
Driver Education Instructor Course
To become a Driver Education Instructor, you must attend and satisfactorily pass the 80-hour Basic Driver Education Course (BDEC). The BDEC offerings are below:
The qualifications are as follows:
Have at least four years’ experience as a licensed operator of a motor vehicle.
Have not been convicted of a felony, or convicted of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, in the ten years immediately preceding the date of application.
Not have had a revocation or suspension of his driver license in the five years immediately preceding the date of application.
Have graduated from high school or hold a high school equivalency certificate.
Not have had convictions for moving violations totaling five or more points in the three years preceding the date of application.
Professional development conference opportunities:
February 11 - 13 2021
Driver Education Advisory Committee
We will be selecting new committee members in May for the coming school year. If you’d like to be considered as a member, please contact me as soon as possible to express your interest and inquire about the requirements for filling a seat. It is a 2-year commitment, with quarterly meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of Feb. May, Aug. Nov. This link will take you to the SBE Policy regarding the purpose and other requirements of the committee.