Traffic Safety Education

2019 PacNW Driver and Traffic Safety Conference

DATES: Mar 1 - 3, 2019

LOCATION: Portland Airport Embassy Suites

7900 NE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR 97220

We advise you to book your own stay on the hotel link in the "Lodging Information" tab to the left

The conference begins at 1:00 PM Friday and ends at 1:00 PM on Sunday. 

The conference is scheduled to allow you to earn 3 Continuing Education / Clock Hours on Friday; 7.75 CE/CH on Saturday and 4.5 CE/CH on Sunday.

For detailed schedule information, please see the "Agenda and Sessions" button to the left of this page.

The theme for the 2019 PacNW Driver and Traffic Safety Conference in Portland is “access”.  Workshop sessions  will provide information and strategies to our attendees regarding how to increase access to driver education programs.  This may include increased access for rural and frontier communities, for economically challenged teens and their families, for teens with disabilities, for teens and families with language barriers and more.

Keynote Speakers

Griff Jones

Dr. Griff Jones is an emeritus professor of science education in the College of Education at the University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. and M.Ed. degrees in science education from the University of Florida and his bachelor’s degree in biology from Florida Southern College. While at UF, Dr. Jones held joint appointments as a Faculty Fellow with the University of Florida’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and as an Affiliate Faculty member for the College of Engineering’s Transportation Institute. With two decades of experience teaching all science subjects to K-12 students, college students, teachers, school administrators, and teacher-educators throughout the U.S., Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Dr. Jones specializes in designing effective inquiry-based, interdisciplinary science programs. He has authored several highly successful and nationally-disseminated inquiry-based science textbooks, curriculum guides, online-course materials, and science lab teaching materials. As a K-12 classroom teacher and science department chair from 1987-2007, Dr. Jones developed successful high school physics and elementary science programs for a diverse range of learners. In addition, through his work with the science education program at the University of Florida’s College of Education, he developed effective science methods courses and numerous academic linkages between K-12 and post-secondary education. His most well known collaboration has been with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (an independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization). As part of his work with this organization, Dr. Jones developed two educational films and an innovative website focusing on the practical, and potentially life-saving, application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in car crashes. The award-winning films are used by thousands of teachers throughout the U.S. and impact millions of high school science students each year. Dr. Jones received state and national-level recognition for his efforts as a K-adult science educator, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching awarded by the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, and The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In 2017, the University of Florida awarded Dr. Jones professor emeritus status.