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NAPT Online PDS Program — 5 Courses Now Online
Many more coming soon!




We are offering the following five online courses for your professional development:

PDS 202 — Presentation Skills
PDS 204 — Team Communication Strategies
PDS 205 — Managing the Media
PDS 402 — Managing Human Resources
PDS 606 — Risk Management and Emergency Planning

NAPT members pay just $40 per course! You can sign up for any of these classes by clicking here.
Or visit our website for more information: www.napt.org/online.

To find out more about our partner in this endeavor, School Training Solutions, please visit www.schooltrainingsolutions.com.




NAPT SUMMIT



SAVE MONEY! REGISTER NOW FOR 2011 SUMMIT!


For a limited time only, NAPT is offering a $20 discount for an early, early conference registration for full conference attendees and their guest's full registration for the Summit in Cincinnati!

This applies to members who register online ONLY from March 11 through April 15.

As program information becomes available we will be sure to notify you. In the meantime, feel free to register early and reserve your hotel room! For all Summit-related information, please visit www.napt.org and click on the "Annual Summit" tab.

Join us in Cincinnati from October 22-27 for an action-packed event featuring workshops, professional growth opportunities, an unparalleled trade show and much more!


Cincinnati: The Queen City
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The name "Cincinnati" was taken from the Society of the Cincinnati, an organization formed in 1783 to perpetuate the history and heroes of the American Revolution. At its core, the organization is based upon the ideal of "selfless service," exemplified by Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, a Roman farmer-turned-citizen-soldier, who served twice as the lawful ruler of Rome before ceding his authority back to the Senate, leaving him free to return to his beloved farm. George Washington is considered the modern era's example of Cincinnatus and was the first president general of the society. The society still exists today (www.societyofthecincinnati.org), and many of Cincinnati's 297,000 residents are descendants of Revolutionary War soldiers.

The advent of steam navigation on the Ohio River and the completion of the Miami and Erie Canal in 1845 created a lucrative climate for commercial advancement and encouraged rapid population growth in Cincinnati. As a result, it became known as the first inland U.S. city. This bustling growth was depicted in a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem titled Catawba Wine (1858), which referred to Cincinnati as the "Queen of the West," a nod to its ample size in relation to the coastal cities of the time.

To perpetuate the regal theme, the tallest building in Cincinnati, the Great American Tower at Queen City Square, stands at 660 feet, and boasts a unique rooftop that was fashioned after Diana Princess of Wales' tiara. During the design phase, it was remarked, "That's perfect. Here we have the crown of the building, and the nickname for the city is [the] Queen City."



2 Thousand Pounds of CO2
Amount emitted by a Single School Bus
Every Year.

Espar Independent Heating Systems enable drivers to pre-heat their school buses, offering warm starts, defrosted windows and a safe and comfortable environment for students, all without engine idling. MORE


INDUSTRY NEWS


Obamas take anti-bullying message to Facebook
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have posted a video on Facebook to promote a bullying prevention conference they'll host at the White House. In a taped video message, the president says that bullying should no longer be treated as an unavoidable part of growing up. He says schools and communities must be a safe place where children can thrive. More

Faces of Distracted Driving: Kelson Vaillancourt, 21, his sister, Miss South Dakota 2010, says, 'Because someone made 1 stupid mistake, I am an only child'
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Kelson Vaillancourt loved birds and plants and everything that was living or growing. "My brother," says Loren Vaillancourt, "taught me that every living thing, no matter how small, is beautiful." Recently, Loren, the reigning Miss South Dakota, told Kelson's story in the latest video from our "Faces of Distracted Driving" series. More



Secretary LaHood: Cars should play smaller role in next generation of transportation
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told a conference of bicycle advocates in Washington, D.C., that President Barack Obama's national transportation plan will continue to de-emphasize private vehicles. "It's about the next generation of transportation," he said of Obama's agenda. "It's about high-speed rail. It's about streetcars. It's about transit. It's about livable and sustainable communities where you can live in a community and you don't have to own a car." More

SPECIAL NEEDS - New Driver Training Course

Transporting students with SPECIAL NEEDS requires a well trained special kind of driver. Finally, a comprehensive course aimed solely at the drivers is now available. Learn more at www.schoolbussafetyco.com and request a free demo disk.
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EPA approves use of HFO-1234yf refrigerant in vehicles
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What is HFO-1234yf? It's the refrigerant that recently received final approval from the Environmental Protection Agency and is supposedly 350-times less damaging to the atmosphere than the current HFC-134a. HFO-1234yf, which is claimed to be a non-ozone-depleting refrigerant, can now be used in air conditioning systems of all new cars and trucks sold in the U.S. More

Gas prices put crimp in travel planning
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Eye-popping gas prices on a weekend trip to Yosemite National Park in California have Damaris Santos-Palmer rethinking a family road trip. Gas prices could take a bite out of the travel market if other American families pull back on spring and summer road trips. More

Metro areas' traffic congestion up 11 percent in 2010
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Expect to spend more time in traffic this year. Traffic congestion in the USA's 100 biggest metropolitan areas increased by 11 percent last year and should get only worse as the economy improves and more people get behind the wheel to get to work, according to a report out by a firm that tracks congestion. More

Fares and the future of transit: Wireless, smart and connected
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Every time New Yorkers swipe their Metrocards in the turnstiles of the city's sprawling subway system, an amazing amount of computing power kicks in, tracking how much fare is spent, where and when it's used across the system and how much is left on the card. More

Obama highlights $90 million ed-tech agency
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Educational technology advocates applauded President Barack Obama's focus on college and career readiness and his call for a new federal agency devoted to ed-tech innovations, which he expanded on in a March 8 speech in Boston. "I want everyone to pay attention. Even as we find ways to cut spending, we cannot cut back on job-creating investments like education," he told a crowd at TechBoston Academy in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. "There's nothing responsible about cutting back on our investment in these young people." More

TSA revises estimates on using private airport security screeners
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A long-simmering dispute on the use of private security screeners at U.S. airports boiled over again recently as the top House Republican on transportation issues accused the Transportation Security Administration of inflating the cost of using such screeners in an effort to keep federal screeners on the job. Under a program overseen by the TSA, 16 airports — including ones in Kansas City, Rochester, N.Y., and San Francisco — use private screeners to inspect airline passengers, baggage and cargo; all other airports rely on federal transportation security officers. More


Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition, by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $14.99, plus shipping. The non-member rate is $24.99, plus shipping.

Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition contains useful definitions of transportation and related special education terms as well as characteristics of children with special needs and special considerations for transporting children with special needs. This popular publication also explains the legal basis for special needs transportation in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and contains information about new Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations.

To order your copy, please e-mail NAPT Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin lynn.martin@napt.org today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.

 
 
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