NAPT MultiView News Brief
June. 21, 2011

NAPT and Education Department offer free bully prevention/intervention training: Both modules now available

We asked for your help and you came through. Now it's our turn.

A few weeks ago, we asked you to complete a survey assessing the impact of bullying in your district. You answered questions pertaining to district policies, training and the level of bullying that you experience on and around your buses. Thank you for your enthusiastic response and relevant feedback on this very important issue!

We asked, we listened, we analyzed, we acted. As a result, two training modules were jointly created by NAPT, the Education Department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center; the training is available free of charge to school districts across the country.

The first module, titled "See Something. Do Something: Intervening in Bullying Behavior," will teach drivers what does and does not constitute bullying, how to respond to the behavior on or around the bus, and specific strategies for addressing and reporting bullying as it occurs.

The second module, "Creating a Supportive Bus Climate: Preventing Bullying, focuses on building mutual respect on the school bus. The training will encourage drivers to consider what a supportive bus climate looks like and how it prevents bullying; and learn and commit to perform simple, concrete strategies to build positive relationships on the school bus.

Both modules include a step-by-step trainer's guide, a PowerPoint presentation (in PDF format), handouts for driver activities, palm cards for drivers and posters that can be displayed in the transportation department or throughout the school system to reinforce the messages.

To download your free copy of the bullying prevention/intervention training modules that are available, visit our website at www.napt.org or go to safesupportiveschools.ed.gov.

"We have no tolerance for bullying and stopping it is one of our national public policy priorities," said NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin. "We are very pleased the United States Education Department agrees with us and was willing to work with us on this project."More

NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program offered this summer

In response to requests and feedback from NAPT members around the country, we are delighted to announce the new NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program will be available throughout the year at various events nationwide.

The NAPT SNT Program offers educational opportunities at both local and national conferences for transportation personnel serving students with disabilities. The curriculum spans a variety of issues including, but not limited to: An exploration of the legal basis for special needs transportation, including differences between laws and policies, and discussion of IEP's and their applicability. Activities include: observation or participation in a special needs roadeo and attendance at a trade show, featuring special needs products and services. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Child Passenger Safety Training is a component of the program along with a class on managing the behaviors of special needs students. The program concludes with an in-depth study on a topic of your choosing, and requires a written summary of your findings.

To be among the vanguard of student transportation professionals who want to hone their skills in this specialized area, please phone us at NAPT Headquarters 800-989-6278, and we will insure you receive all the necessary information to complete the program, including course locations and forms. Some course instruction may require pre-approval at non-NAPT sponsored events. For information on NAPT SNT course offerings, locations and downloadable forms, please visit our website at www.napt.org.More

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