NAPT Dispatch
Nov. 12, 2014

NAPT launches 3D website in Kansas City!
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Completes Phase 1 of NAPT's effort to help industry make more Data Driven Decisions

NAPT is pleased to announce the launch of its new website that will provide school transportation service providers with information and feedback that will encourage them to speak a common language and make more data driven decisions. Start entering your data now — visit 3d.napt.org.

According to NAPT President Keith Henry, CDPT, "Metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are becoming increasingly important in the pupil transportation industry. They help school administrators and taxpayers understand what we do and how well we do it. NAPT is committed to providing everyone with the information needed to provide the best service possible to their local communities."

Under the leadership of then President Alexandra Robinson, M.Ed., CDPT, NAPT began its Data Driven Decisions (3D) project in November of 2012. A team of volunteers, led by Peter Lawrence, Ed.D, Director of Transportation at the Fairport (NY) Central Schools and Michael Shields, Director of Transportation at the Salem-Keizer (OR) Public Schools, developed 10 metrics that have been used as the core of a dashboard that is easy to understand and will foster communication by helping people with similarities connect.

"One of our goals from the start has been to facilitate discussion and interaction among as many people as possible and give them a chance to participate in this project," Henry continued. "We analyzed a variety of information technology and ultimately decided to create our own system. It took longer than anticipated and was a lot more work, but we have total control of it and can adjust it as necessary to meet demand and expectations."More

Take your leadership to a new level with NAPT's LED Program
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For nearly a decade, NAPT's Leading Every Day (LED) project has been supporting and developing world-class professionals and leaders in the school transportation industry. Now, NAPT is pleased to launch an expanded LED initiative that you can access anywhere — even on your phone or tablet! Online registration is open!

NAPT's 2015 Leading Every Day Institute has been designed to help you take your career to new heights! Guest Lecturer, George Pitagorsky, PMP, will teach you his Optimal Performance Program, which is about project management & long term process initiatives that focus on improving behavioral skills. Click here for additional program details.

Join your colleagues for a comprehensive leadership program in 2015 — registration is open! More

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Many school buses still don't have seat belts
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Energy firm offers transportation help to school board
GoDanRiver.com
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States slashing education spending
24/7 Wall St.
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School district using software to track students on buses
WISH-TV
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Snow days turn digital at more schools
District Administration Magazine
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School districts cope with shortage of bus drivers
nwitimes.com
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Transportation costs may dictate school start times
Chesterfield Observer
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Should wealthy towns be able to secede from higher-poverty, higher-minority school districts?
The Hechinger Report
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States backtrack on student tracking technology
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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