The 2018 Winter issue of MTEA News will soon be in members' mailboxes, but you can also download a copy at MTEAOnline.org. It's full of great information and Lesson Slam ideas from the 2018 Montana Traffic Ed Conference, and articles by MTEA members Jerry Olson, Roy Thomas, Steven Morales, and Charlie Brown, with a special message from MTEA President Steffani Grogan. Also, be sure the SAVE THE DATE for the 2019 Montana Traffic Education Conference, April 28-30 at the Copper King Hotel and Convention Center in Butte.
Every year in late January, the Traffic Education office sends a letter to teachers who need to renew their educator license by June 30 and so also need to renew their approval to teach traffic education by September 30. We send the reminder letter so teachers have time to earn the required college credits they need for approval as they're working toward their traffic education minor. Even teachers who have earned their minor and endorsement are required to submit a TE05 application to indicate their desire to be re-approved. We can then update your instructor record and send you a letter showing your status as a state-approved traffic education teacher.
So, if your educator license expires in 2019, please watch for your renewal reminder letter to be mailed in January. It will have lots of good information to help you prepare for the renewal and stay approved to teach traffic education for another five years. Visit OPI's Driver Educators webpage for more information and a link to the online TE05 application for traffic education instructors.
Contact Fran Penner-Ray (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Patti Borneman (email@example.com) by email or call the OPI Traffic Education Office at (406) 444-4432 with any questions about Teen Driver Education in Montana. Visit http://www.opi.mt.gov/DriverEd for resources and information.