NAPT MultiView News Brief
Jul. 9, 2013

New conference format

The 2013 NAPT Summit is approaching quickly and we have an exciting line up in store for you. In addition to 15 professional development classes and five special needs transportation training classes, we have four very special keynote speakers covering a range of topics, banquets, special events and the biggest trade show in the industry.

We have changed the format for our workshop offerings this year in order to bring you more content and thus we have introduced the concept of headliners and spin-offs. The headliner session (lasting a total of 60 minutes) will introduce the speakers and topics of the morning (or afternoon) from which you may choose. We have four major topic areas — special needs, fleet maintenance, safety & security, and key performance indicators. An expert will introduce — in 15 minutes time — what s/he would like to explore in a spin-off. The second speaker previews his or her topic and so on. After hearing each of the 4 speakers, you may decide which session you'd most like to explore further. At the conclusion of the headliner, attendees will then adjourn to a different room with the speaker of their choice for a 30 minute (spin-off) workshop to dig deeper in that particular topic area.More

The NAPT Resolutions Committee needs your help!

The NAPT Resolutions Committee is seeking your assistance and involvement in identifying issues on which NAPT could and should adopt association positions and policies. We are intent on taking steps to strengthen our already visible presence on key issues with formal, written statements that are adopted by the membership on an annual basis at our Annual Summit. More

2013 NAPT SUMMIT At A Glance

8 a.m.-5 p.m.: PDS 502 & PDS 609
8 a.m.-5 p.m.: NHTSA Child Seat Class
8 a.m.-5 p.m.: LED Initiative
8 a.m.-noon: 2 PDS Courses
Lunch on own
1-5 p.m.: 2 PDS Courses
2-4 p.m.: Pre-Con Roundtable
8:30 a.m.: Keynote
Headliner & Spin Offs
Lunch on own
1-5 p.m.: NAPT Trade Show
8-11 a.m.: Certification Exams
8-11 a.m.: Join NASDPTS/NAPT Session
8 a.m.: Opening & AM Keynotes
Lunch on own
1-5 p.m.: 2 PDS Courses
Headliners & Spin Offs
2-5 p.m.: Certification Exams
7 p.m.: NAPT Awards Banquet
8 a.m.-noon: NAPT Trade Show
Lunch on own
1-5 p.m.: 2 PDS Courses
Headliners & Spin Offs
3:30 p.m.: Closing Ceremony
7 p.m.: Evening Event - IC Bus
7:30 a.m.: Business Session
8:30 a.m.: Special Event TBA
Headliner & Spin Offs
Lunch on own
1-5 p.m.: 2 PDS Courses
Headliner & Spin Offs
7 p.m.: Evening Event - Thomas Built
8 a.m.-noon: 3 PDS Courses

NAPT PDS and SNT courses available at many upcoming conferences

For NAPT members interested in pursuing career development, certification and recertification, and/or the NAPT Special Needs Endorsement, we will be announcing dates and locations of our course offerings throughout the year.

If you wish to receive NAPT credit for PDS or SNT course offerings at upcoming events, and an official course completion certificate from NAPT, please click on the specific location you are interested in (below). You'll be taken to a registration page that details all the information you need, including a link to the conference site.

ASTSBC (Association of School Transportation Services of British Columbia): Course Web link

MAPT (Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation): Course Web link

NCPTA (North Carolina Pupil Transportation Association): Course Web link

The NAPT Professional Development Series is the industry's only comprehensive training program designed exclusively for school transportation professionals; offering nearly 40 different courses for the classroom and many are now available online.

Visit our website: NAPT PDS page.

The NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program was created to encourage individuals involved in school transportation to enhance their knowledge about transporting students with disabilities and promote excellent leadership skills for the community of transportation personnel serving children of all ages with special needs.

For more information, click here: SNT Brochure. More

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