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|NAPT Trade Show registration now open!
Exhibit at the biggest and best trade show for student transportation professionals — the NAPT Trade Show. Registration is now open! Download the Exhibitor Packet and reserve your prime space today.
Take advantage of this opportunity to:
While in Columbus, you'll connect with...
- Draw attention to your company
- Feature a new product or service
- Enhance your business relationships
- Connect with new customers
- Demonstrate your support of the pupil transportation industry
Representing 48 states (even Alaska & Hawaii!) + DC, 3 Canadian provinces, Europe & Middle East.
- Transportation Directors & Supervisors
- Fleet Managers
- Routing Specialists
- Fleet Technicians
- Safety and Driver Trainers
- Special Education Professionals
- State Directors
- Private Fleet Operators
So join us in Columbus! Download the Exhibitor Packet today and be sure to join us Tuesday, November 7 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
|NAPT 43rd Annual Conference & Trade Show hotel information available
NAPT's Annual Conference & Trade Show is heading to Columbus, OH November 4-7, 2017. A block of rooms has been reserved specifically for our Delegates and Vendors at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Following you'll find rates and a link to reserve your room.
Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
The Hyatt Regency Columbus is located in the heart of downtown Columbus, approximately 15 minutes from the airport, and connected to Greater Columbus Convention Center — where all of our educational programming (including NAPT's Professional Development Series courses) and the 43rd Annual Trade Show will all take place.
When making your reservations, please keep in mind that we're again offering PDS courses all day Friday, November 3 and our Trade Show will take place Tuesday, November 7, followed by our Closing Keynote session and an Ideas Exchange networking event. To ensure you're able to take full advantage of everything the NAPT Conference & Trade Show has to offer, we recommend you plan to stay through Tuesday and check-out Wednesday, November 8.
Reservations: Reservations are to be made at the National Assn. for Pupil Transportation PassKey Registration: https://aws.passkey.com/go/napt2017.
Rate: $159 (Single/Double) / $184 (Triple/Quadruple) + 17.5% taxes
Due to limited availability at the NAPT convention rate, individuals are encouraged to make reservations early. To receive these rates, reservations must be made by October 11, 2017.
Stay tuned for Delegate registration information to be released in the coming days. Join us in Columbus!
|Explore 'The Bus in the Classroom' during April webinar
During NAPT's April member webinar we'll take a closer look at 'The Bus in the Classroom' with presenter Pete Meslin. Join us Wednesday, April 26 at 1pm ET; registration is open!
The Newport-Mesa 'Bus In the Classroom (BIC)' program is a free program that teaches students transportation safety and life skills. It also helps redefine the traditional role of transporters to be actual educators rather than just supporters of the educational process. Bus drivers and transportation office staff literally bring the bus to the classroom to teach these crucial lessons. In the process, they build their own skills and build productive relationships with educators. Students who take this short program learn skills that make them immediately safer, but because the program is fun and engaging, they are anxious to retake the class. As the program is re-taught and reinforced safety habits-not just skills are developed.
Meet our presenter: Pete Meslin is the Director of Transportation for Newport-Mesa Unified School District (CA) and has been in the school transportation field for more than 30 years. For the last 14 he’s been NMUSD’s Director of Transportation. Pete is a sought after presenter at conferences and workshops for transporters and special educators. His humor and student-centered passion is contagious.
Pete is the creator of The Bus in the Classroom program. Among his many other publications is California’s guidebook for transporting students with disabilities as well as numerous articles featured in transportation and school business journals. Pete serves on several national committees, advisory boards, and faculties.
Title: The Bus in the Classroom
Date: Wednesday, April 26 at 1pm ET
Presenter: Pete Meslin, Director of Transportation, Newport-Mesa USD (CA)
Fee: FREE for NAPT members
How to Register
Online registration is open! Once you reach the NAPT website and webinar description, click on "Member Registration" on the right-hand side of the screen. You will be prompted to log in as a member to complete your webinar registration. If you have any questions, or need assistance, please contact us in NAPT headquarters at 800.989.6278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wednesday, May 31 @ 1pm ET: IEP Meetings & Planning for Transportation — Not Being Afraid to be the Smartest Person at the Table
Speaker: Alex Robinson, CDPT-SNT, Executive Director for the Office of Pupil Transportation for the New York City Department of Education
|Massachusetts Association of Pupil Transportation hosts annual meeting
"New Ideas for Old Yellow Problems" by Dr. Cal LeMon
You're invited to register for MAPT's Annual Meeting on Friday, May 12 in Boston, MA. During this event Dr. Cal LeMon will provide participants with these specific skills in his keynote address:
To learn more about Dr. LeMon, visit www.execenrichment.com.
- How to use the limitless creativity between your ears to make pupil transportation the best job in your work history
- How to be assertive instead of passive and aggressive with children and coworkers
- How to be a strong leader in difficult circumstances
- How to become a strategic thinker instead of a come-day-go-day doer
- How to motivate without increasing a paycheck
- How to make sure the legacy of your life continues even though your office chair is empty
Title: "New Ideas for Old Yellow Problems" by Dr. Cal LeMon
Date: Friday, May 12
Location: Boston Public Schools, 2300 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02119
To register, visit www.MAPT.us.
|Keep NAPT member profile up-to-date
Be sure to log in to the enhanced http://www.napt.org and update your member profile!
Once you're logged in:
So log in today! Current members of NAPT received their new username and password via email February. If you believe you're an active member and did not receive the email, please contact headquarters at 800.989.6278.
- View and update your personal information — it's quick and simple. As soon as you log in, you'll see all of your information and have the ability to make edits as necessary.
- Upload a professional photo to display in your profile that will be visible in the Online Member Directory.
- Provide a brief professional biography in the space provided so we can learn a little more about you.
- Select your Directory Category by clicking on "My Directory Options" and selecting the appropriate organization type.
|It's time to discover Apollo®
NAPT’s Apollo® provides tools to assist you in making intelligent decisions with your pupil transportation departments' safety and efficiency in mind. We invite you to learn more about this exciting new project by viewing this video.
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kindergarten students who take the school bus to miss fewer classes than children who commute to school in other ways, according to new research. Using a national sample of 14,370 kindergarten students from a U.S. Department of Education study, Michael A. Gottfried, an associate professor of education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, found that in the 2010–2011 school year, public school kindergarten children who took the bus were two percentage points less likely to miss more than 10 days than students in the same school district.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has announced a slate of hires for key positions in the department. Many of these folks have been working in the Education Department since the beginning of the Trump administration, but now they will have more formal, official roles. None of these folks have received formal nominations from the White House, and will not need Senate confirmation to step into their roles. But some will be serving in an "acting" capacity in positions that they can be nominated formally for later.
The Washington Post
Baltimore City Public Schools failed to review the qualifications of its bus drivers and monitor their criminal driving records, which put students and the public at risk, according to an investigation by a federal oversight agency. The National Transportation Safety Board issued a report Tuesday calling on state officials to audit the school system's transportation department five months after a school bus crash killed six and injured 10. The report found that the man driving the school bus that collided with a city commuter bus Nov. 1 had been involved in at least 12 crashes or incidents while operating a bus or personal vehicle.
Kids are more likely to step in when they see bullying at school if their parents have told them to get involved than if they've been taught it's better to stay out of it, a recent U.S. study suggests. About one in 10 children are victims of bullying, and many anti-bullying programs are focused on getting bystanders to intervene, researchers note in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. While previous research has linked certain parenting practices to higher odds that kids will be victims or perpetrators of bullying, less is known about how parents impact what children do as bystanders.
A divided conversation about whether to place seat belts on all new school buses unfolded during the House Transportation Committee meeting. Tennessee lawmakers seemed at odds over the best course of action. In an effort to reduce the price tag of House Bill 0395, Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, amended the measure to apply only to future buses, which she said would cost far less than the original suggestion of retrofitting all buses. Cost was a major concern for Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, R-Lancaster, who said, "I believe the cost was something like $12 million annual to districts like mine." But her strong opposition didn't end there. Rep. Weaver said seat belts could actually kill more students in an emergency.
Digital equity and access, the pursuit of high-speed broadband internet for K–12 students in school and at home — no matter their socioeconomic status — has become today's civil rights issue. In fact, only 3 percent of teachers in high-poverty schools reveal that their students have the digital tools necessary to complete homework assignments, compared to 52 percent of teachers in more affluent schools, according to the Consortium of School Networking.
Fort Worth Star Telegram
A proposal requiring all new school buses in Texas to be equipped with seat belts is making its way through the Texas Legislature. The plan by state Sen. Sylvia R. Garcia, D-Houston, has been approved by the Senate's Transportation Committee and now heads to the full Senate. Each day, around 1.5 million Texas youths ride a bus to and from school or events. A number of school bus accidents have led to countless injuries and deaths of children across the state.
A number of education leaders from across the country convened in Washington, D.C., for The Atlantic's third annual education summit. The discussion ranged from school choice and teacher quality to equity and the implementation of technology and civics in the Trump era as district leaders, heads of schools, researchers and policymakers all gathered to share ideas and challenges.
U.S. News & World Report
As states begin delivering their proposed school accountability plans to the Department of Education — so far, 10 in total — most seem to be shirking Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' suggestion that they include policies to expand school choice. Only three of the 10 plans submitted thus far include language aimed at addressing school choice — New Mexico, Tennessee and Washington, D.C. — and none propose anything new related to choice, opting instead to highlight policies already in place. The submission of plans, which commenced April 3, is a major step toward the implementation of the new federal K-12 law, the Every Student Succeeds Act — a sweeping overhaul of the No Child Left Behind law that returns much of the decision-making authority over education to states and local school districts.
Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition,
by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $19.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $29.99, plus shipping.
To order your copy, please email NAPT Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at Brianne.Peck@napt.org today! To learn more about the new Certification in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT) click here.
Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition contains new and updated information, including 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.
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