What a great conference. Friday night included five workshop choices. First Aid, Create Your own Classroom Toy Box, Steering to Safety, Energizing Student Involvement and In-car Student-Teacher Interaction. Friday night presenters included, among others, Fred Mottola, Bill Warner and Liz Taylor.
On Saturday, the keynote speaker was Jermaine Galloway on the subject of “High in Plain Sight”. He demonstrated how in just the past year, new clothing, drugs, terms, logos, trends, music and concealment methods have come to our communities. Along with these trends, new “neighborhood drug-promoting stores” have also become popular. These are stores that many of us and our students frequent and are totally unaware of their support for drug and/or gang affiliations. He used photos, videos and detailed descriptions to deliver his message. Most of us were totally “blown away” by what we learned. After his keynote presentation, he also did a breakout session on “Alcopops and Popular Culture Alcoholic Drinks”.
Other workshop topics on Saturday included Driving in a Rural Setting, General Car Maintenance, Basic Auto Insurance, Using Games in the Classroom, Evaluating your Instructors, Creating Relevant Classroom Sessions, Controversies in TSE and The Dangers of Drunk Driving. The Maintenance class was held outside in the parking lot, which was rather unique.
Before lunch, Rich Hansen introduced each of the exhibitors and each shared in about five minutes what they were all about. It was a nice touch to include them as a more active and relevant part of the conference.
During the half hour allotted for Washington State TSE instructors to address state issues, Deb Grenier, designated WTSEA President beginning September first, shared information about HB 1635. The “long and short” of it is that we really still know relatively little about the program except that it will be mostly computer based, as far as registration and record keeping. The schools that do the program will be monitored by the DOL. We still don’t know when implementation will begin, but our best guess is sometime around the beginning of 2013.
Also, during that half hour, membership was encouraged to refer to our WTSEA website as a resource for information and for various forms they might need. In addition, members can use the website to help publicize their program needs, by contacting any board member. We are also working toward facilitating the use of credit cards for members to pay for registration and memberships.
Gerry Apple introduced the location of our next WTSEA Conference to be held in Wenatchee, at the new Confluence Technology Center. The conference will be on October 19th and 20th. Hotel rooms have already been reserved at the Comfort Inn Suites for just $77.00 a night, located just a “stone’s throw” away from the center. The views are great and the air is so clear. You can see The Ohme Gardens on the hillside.
As usual, the PNW Conference “food” was great. Breakfast and lunch were via self-serve buffet lines.
An added bonus of the conference is that WTSEA Membership grew by fourteen. Also, six of the eleven WTSEA board members were in attendance to facilitate the distribution of clock hours to members.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR CLOCK HOURS
October 19th and 20th, WTSEA Conference in Wenatchee at the Confluence Technology Center…. 11 to 12 clock hours… We are in the planning stage, but you won’t want to miss this conference … the CTC is amazing. We will have more snacks, an excellent lunch and we will not use “lunch-time” for business. We are really excited about this new facility. It is equipped with the latest technology and is located in a beautiful setting. Rooms at the Comfort in, 1-block away, are $77.00 per night. We will post new information as it develops.
Our President-Elect, Deb Grenier, will become our association president on September 1st. At the conference, we will need to elect a new President-Elect to follow when Deb’s term is up in two years, so we will need nominations. Please have someone in mind, prior to the conference. We also have a need for Board Area Representatives. We currently have Reps from Areas 123 (Pasco), 171 (Wenatchee), 113 (Olympia), 114 (Bremerton) and 189 (Anacortes). We need Reps from 101 (Spokane), 112 (Vancouver), 121 (Renton), and 105 (Yakima). Please view our current board members on our Website. Area Representatives serve for a 2-year term and then their area is up for election, again.
At past conferences, we have not had enough time to present nominations and then hold efficient and thorough. Members have rightfully complained about the inefficiency. We are going to improve on this by using our WTSEA Website and Email. Please watch for more information and instruction in regard to both, our WTSEA elections and the amending of our association constitution. We ARE paying attention to you and we are trying to improve.