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Driver Education - ReOpening Guidance*

Contact your county Health Department for specific county questions. *Restrictions ARE subject to change.
 
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Virtual and e-Learning Terms and Definitions provided by ANSTSE
  • Online – a driver education program in which the classroom/theory portion is delivered via the Internet.
  • Online-based learning system – a driver education program in which the classroom/theory portion is delivered via the Internet.
  • eLearning – a robust platform using a Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Virtual - with respect to online education, being on or simulated on a computer, electronic device or computer; occurring or existing primarily online.
  • Asynchronous – communication exchanges which occur in elapsed time between two or more people. Examples are email, online discussion forums, message boards, blogs, podcasts, etc.
  • Synchronous – refers to a setting in which the instructor and student(s) participate in the instruction at the same time.
  • Curriculum – the overall written program of instruction, including classroom, behind-the-wheel, and observation instruction. Generally required to be approved by the State in which the program is delivered.
  • Content – the subject matter taught in driver education
The Kansas Driver Education Advisory Board has been formed and has had their first meeting! 

Mission Statement The Advisory Board will assist to strengthen the State Driver Education Program by providing real world experience. The board will advise, assist, support and advocate for driver education. An advisory board is comprised of knowledgeable, prominent and credible stakeholders in their field of expertise. Below is a roster of the members if you have any questions or comments, along with Robyn Meinholdt at rmeinholdt@ksde.org

Want the Driver Education Endorsement on a Kansas Teaching License? - Currently we are unable to add it to the license as we are awaiting approval, however once the regulation is passed, we will have an application available to formally request to add the endorsement to your license. 

CLICK HERE TO SEE IF YOUR DISTRICT HAS AN UPDATED CURRICULUM IN! https://drive.google.com/file/d/13HBVaUoSSC-SfjbCP9WRj_LBW9goaoY2/view?usp=sharing  

UPDATED DRIVER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDELINES ARE HERE! 

Information regarding reimbursement for USDs is located in the KSDE State Info document below.

Graduated Driver License Requirements for Teen Drivers CLICK HERE https://www.ksrevenue.org/dovgdl.html 

Approved Programs

DRIVER EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM AVAILABLE!! Please contact Bruce Rupp bjrupp@fhsu.edu or Stephanie Muth sdmuth@fhsu.edu if you have additional questions. Informational flyer available below!

 

The Kansas Driver Education Fall Regional Meeting Dates are set!

Follow the link for REGISTRATION information. 2020-2021 Kansas Driver Education Regional Meeting Registration

Kansas Driver Education Fall 2020 Regional Meetings*  Dates are subject to change

DATES and LOCATIONS:
Friday, October 9, 2020                 1:00pm-3:00pm            Fort Hays State University, 600 Park St, Hays, KS 67601
Monday, December 14, 2020        1:00pm-3:00pm             KASB 1420 SW Arrowhead Rd, Topeka, KS 66604
  •  It is recommended for schools to send personnel responsible for overseeing Driver Education.
  • Remember DE99’s are paperless and we will again review procedures for a lost cert. of completion, auditing info, Handbooks and DMV changes/charges for DE-99’s, etc.
  • Plan to attend one of the meeting options if you plan to offer driver education. You will receive the latest information necessary to offer a state recognized driver education course.
  • Some Regional Meetings will cover Professional Development topics.

KANSAS DRIVER SAFETY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (KDSEA) MEMBERSHIP application available  
WHAT YOUR KDSEA DOES FOR YOU!
  • Organize and provides the Annual Conference
  • Speak as a group that can affect legislative activities in Topeka
  • Support the National Organization - They need serious support from all it’s members!
  • Recognize fellow members for years of service
  • Provide funds to help send the Association president to the National ADTSEA Conference
  • Write letters or makes calls to individual legislators
  • Provide help at the regional driver education meetings
  • Provide meals at executive board meetings
  • Interpret the purpose and programs of driver education to the public
  • Work in harmony to promote changes in rules and regulations affecting driver education programs
Make a DMV Appointment! No more waiting in line!  Please share this information with your students. 
When/if new locations are added that offer this service KDOR/DMV will blast out that information.  
Here is the pathway on our website ksrevenue.org:
Click “DMV SCHEDULER & LINE SYSTEM”
Click “SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT” and follow the prompts
Please tell your students that if they arrive late they will lose their appointment spot.  We don’t want anyone making a drive and then missing their appointment.
Michele Chavez | Medical/Vision Unit PSA | Kansas Department of Revenue | Kansas Division of Vehicles | (785) 368-8532 (desk) | (785) 296-5857 (fax) | Michele.Chavez@ks.gov | www.ksrevenue.org | 300 SW 29th St. Topeka, Kansas  66601
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Driver Education

The Mission of Driver Education:
Driver education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices to insure personal safety to self and others on the road.

To Accomplish this Mission:
Driver education courses are often more comprehensive and efficient than learning on your own or from a biased family member who may or may not have “good driving habits”. Driver education courses teach everything from the basics of traffic laws and traffic signs to defensive driving strategies. Endorsed driving instructor will teach the importance of Safety in addition to modeling good driving etiquette and providing experienced instruction. Instructors reinforce best practices – such as distraction-free driving, no texting, mandatory seat belt laws, and defensive driving habits. Many professions involve driving a vehicle to/from work or on the job. For this reason, it is the goal of driver education courses to put courteous, safety conscience, competent drivers behind the wheel. 
 

When the time comes to pick a driving school, look beyond your budget and timeframe to seek out a quality driving school—one that focuses on your teen’s safety, not just passing the license test at the cheapest price.
  • Ask around. Does your local high school offer driver education? Check with friends and neighbors about driving schools they’ve used.
  • Call several driving schools. Ask questions about the quality of their operations, and ask for references.
  • Talk to people about classroom vs. online classes.
  • Visit several driving schools. Ask to sit in on a session, take a look at the vehicles and student materials. Check to see if they use current training materials, have professional instructors and maintain clean classrooms and safe vehicles.
  • Focus on quality. Don’t settle for driving schools that advertise quick or easy programs.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau.

The following document represents the Kansas Curricular Standards for Driver Education which were revised by the State Board of Education in May 2018.
Robyn Meinholdt
Public Service Administrator
Driver Education
Teacher Licensure & Accreditation
(785) 296-3379

 

Director of Teacher Licensure & Accreditation
Mischel Miller
mmiller@ksde.org
785-296-8010
 
Assistant Director of Teacher Licensure & Accreditation
Susan Helbert

Kansas State Department of Education 

LANDON STATE OFFICE BUILDING  900 SW JACKSON STREET, SUITE 106 | TOPEKA, KS 66612

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303
bneuenswander@ksde.org

Director
Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142
sesmith@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-0979
slsmith@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Curricular Standards
David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447
dfernkopf@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Assessment
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325
bfultz@ksde.org

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