DSAA 2018 Baltimore Conference Program

Subject to Change

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

8 am to 2 pm

Board Meeting

2:30 to 5 pm

Mazda Field Trip to the Port: See the first few hours of a Mazda's life as it enters the US.

3:30 to 6 pm

Exhibitor Set Up and Registration

6:30 to 9 pm

Opening Reception with the Exhibitors

Exhibition open to all Attendees

Registration for Attendees

Thursday, October 11, 2018

7:30 am

Association General Meeting: President's Report, Treasurer's Report and Election Results

8:00 to 9:00 am

Thomas Fitzgerald Opening Breakfast sponsored by AAA

8:00 am Opening remarks: Thomas Antkow

8:05 am Speaker: Dr. Bill VanTassel, AAA Manager of Driver Training Programs

8:10 am Breakfast served

8:30 am Keynote Speaker:  Michelle Atwell, National Highway Traffic Saftey Administration (NHTSA)

9:15 to 10:30 am

Panel Discussion: MDOT/MVA

Toward Zero Deaths

  •  Understanding Maryland's unique Highway Safety Plan, advances in vehicle technologies and requiring driver's education for all ages.

10:40 to 11:30 am

Dan Mayhew: Senior Research Scientist and Advisor, Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF)

Research Evaluations of Driver Education Programs

  •  Sharing the latest research regarding the effectiveness of driver's ed and implementation of effective teaching strategies.

11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Exhibitor Presentations

12:00 to 12:45 pm

Lunch with Exhibitors

1:00 to 1:50 pm

April Rai and Isabella Diecidue: National Organization for Youth Safety

Best Practices in Youth Engagement and Social Media Content Creation

  •  Branding, Marketing and Reaching Youth.

2 to 2:50 pm

Ian Mcintosh: Red Driving School UK

From Failed Business to Market Leader

  •  How RED Driving School Became the Largest School in the UK.

2:50 to 3:10 pm

Break/Snack/Visit Exhibitors

3:10 to 4:00 pm

Prince Boparai: Teach Safe

The Art of Hiring Instructors

  •  Full time vs part time, online job posting, free vs paid platforms, filtering the right candidates and The Interview. Find out if your candidates can teach before you hire them.


4:10 to 5:00 pm

Steve Wallace: Wallace Driving

How to Promote your Business

  •  Maximize your results.

6:15 pm

Social Event: Mustang Alley

Friday, October 12, 2018

 7:30 to 9 am

Exhibition hall open and Registration

9:00 to 9:50 am

Dr. Deborah Gilboa

Anxiety and Teen Drivers

  • Gain understanding as to why teen anxiety is on the rise, what obstacles there are with family engagement and the development of strategies to address both student and parental concerns.

10:00 to 10:50 am

Mike Whelan: Trainer of Trainers at College of Southern MD

Conducting Parent Orientations

  •  How to help parents understand their role as a supervising driver.

Track Two: This 3 part workshop is limited to 36 participants. It is a lock-step program and you must attend all 6 hours.

Eye Mirrors 301 Workshop Part I The Eyes Have It

  • Learn appropriate eye movement and necessary roadway information.

10:50 to 11:10 am

Break/Visit Exhibitors

11:10 am to 12:00 pm

Johnathon Ehsani: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Supervised Practice Driving Study

  •  An examination in the effectiveness of GDL programs and distracted driving policies on crashes and injuries.

Eye Mirrors 301 Workshop Part II: In-car Component

  • Learning to recognize where the driver is looking and then learning to recognize the information the driver receives through their eyes and whether or not the driver actually received it.


  • Instructors: Sharon Fife, Bud Chauncy, Denis MacNeil, Stacey Dove, Dave Muma, Adam Williams, Nina Saint










12:00 - 1:00 pm 


  • Working Lunch Discussion Topics - Bring your top 3 teaching challenges and get together with a handful of other instructors to discuss strategies and techniques they have used to address those issues in the class and car.

1:00 to 1:50 pm

Darren Tesesitore: Foundation for a Drug-Free World

Effective Drug Education

2:00 to 2:50 pm

Ravonne McCray: Mature Driver Program Coordinator at Baylor Scott & White Health

Car Fit

  •  Making sure your driver is as FIT in the car as they are to drive!

2:50 pm to 3:10 pm

Break/Snack/Visit Exhibitors

3:10 pm to 4:00 pm

Debbie Jennings and James Bahouth: Chesapeake Region Safety Council and Impact Research

Developing and Supporting Traffic Safety Programs at the Local Level

  •  Work with local stakeholders and bring traffic safety initiatives and education programs to your community.

Eye Mirrors 301 Workshop Part III: Tying It Together

  • Review the information learned in-vehicle, also learning additional information regarding eyes.

4:10 pm to 5 pm

Dr. Bill Van Tassel: AAA National Office

Got Sleep? The Critical Importance of Sleep in Driving Safety

  •  Exploration in how the body and risk are affected by drowsy driving. How much sleep do we really need? Includes classroom instructor resources that can be utilized the next day.


Modern Marketing Strategies to Grow Your Driving School

  •  Provides take-aways that you can implement right away.

7 pm

Awards Banquet


Saturday, October 13, 2018

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Bridget Johns, Brett Fawcett and Prince Boparai: DSAA

Ready, Set, Action - Video Production Workshop

  •  Make a short video during this workshop to promote your business, train your staff or enhance your curriculum.