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Still time to register for NAPT's April Member Webinar
Take advantage of your membership and participate in our upcoming educational webinars! NAPT’s April webinar will tackle employee evaluations. This program will discuss techniques for making the evaluation a useful tool for professional growth and not a useless burden that must be completed each year. Register today!
Date & Time: TOMORROW, Wednesday, April 29 @ 1pm ET
Title: Employee Evaluations: Rote Processes or Thoughtful Endeavors?
Presenters: Laura Ann Cline, Supervisor of Human Resources, Stafford County Public Schools (VA) and Barry Sudduth, CDPT-SNT, Director of Transportation, Stafford County Public Schools (VA), NAPT Region 2 Director
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members
Register online today!
Reserve Your Spot in May Webinar
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 27 @ 1pm ET
Title: Celebrating School Bus Safety: Behind the Scenes of National School Bus Safety Week
Presenters: Jackie Fields, Director of Transportation, Belton ISD (Retired); Joe Hart, Director of Transportation, Killeen ISD; Steve Kalmes, Owner, JSK Transportation Consulting; Bill Tousley, Director of Transportation Farmington Public Schools (Retired)
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members
During this webinar we'll discuss:
Reserve your space early!
- Upcoming Poster Contest Themes & Their Relevance
- New Poster Contest Rules
- Poster Winner Prizes
- Case Study: How Belton ISD successfully encouraged schools submit entries
Missed one of the 2015 webinars? No problem; they're recorded and available in the 'Member Resources' area of the Members' Only section of the website. Log-in today.
Have you tried NAPT's 3D website?
In late 2014 NAPT launched its new 3D website designed to provide school transportation service providers with information and feedback regarding their current administrative and operational services. The over-arching goal is to encourage them to speak a common language and make more data driven decisions.
Getting instant feedback is as easy as 1-2-3!
The end result is 5 free KPIs instantly!
- Visit the 3D website
- Download a data worksheet and compile the necessary information
- Enter your information in the system.
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."
NAPT began its Data Driven Decisions (3D) project in November of 2012 when a team of volunteers 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."
Summit Sneak Peak: Keynote Speaker Scott Burrows
Wondering what to expect during NAPT 41st Annual Summit: Engage. Explore. Empower. this November 7-10 in Richmond, VA? Here's a sneak peak at this year's Sunday Keynote session Vision. Mindset. Grit! with Scott Burrows.
In this life-changing keynote, renowned speaker and author Scott Burrows' own riveting story of overcoming incredible physical, personal and professional challenges through sheer determination, will power and goal setting is uplifting and infectious. Using his physical paralysis as a visual metaphor, Scott will reveal how to drive personal and professional results using the same mental focus that helped him rebuild his life. The dynamic principles of his presentation will inspire you to unprecedented levels of empowerment and self-confidence, setting the stage for developing cutting-edge ideas and leadership strategies that will benefit the entire audience. This session will be in collaboration with our colleagues at National Association for State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS).
This session is a must-attend, register online today!
Early Bird Gets the Worm
Register early and save $100! Our full conference rate is only $299 before August 1, 2015. Take advantage of this great discount and reserve your space today. You can register online at NAPT.org/summit or download and fax your registration form to 518.218.0867.
Plan your travel early. Visit the website for hotel and travel options to and around Richmond, VA.
Three state associations offering NAPT PDS courses @ annual conferences
Arizona (TAA), Virginia (VAPT) and South Carolina (SCAPT) provide variety of educational sessions for members
TAA is offering three NAPT Professional Development Series (PDS) courses at their conference in June 2015:
VAPT is offering three NAPT Professional Development Series (PDS) courses at their conference in June 2015:
- PDS 101: Student Transportation Orientation
June 22, 2015 - 8am - 5pm
- PDS 204: Team Communication Strategies
June 22, 2015 - 8am - 1pm
- PDS 602: School Bus Routing & Scheduling II
June 22, 2015 - 1 - 5pm
SCAPT is offering three NAPT Professional Development Series (PDS) courses at their conference in July 2015:
- PDS 801: Special Needs Transportation
Instructor: Cheryl Wolf
June 23, 2015 – 1 - 5pm
- PDS 304: Data Driven Decision-Making
Instructor: John Hazelette, CDPT
June 24, 2015 - 8am - 12pm
- PDS 602: School Bus Routing & Scheduling II
Instructor: William Deane
June 24, 2015 – 1 - 5pm
Receive a course completion certificate from NAPT and register today. The cost of the PDS courses for credit and the course completion certificate is $20/member and $50//non-member.
- PDS 202: Presentation Skills
July 14, 2015 - 10am - 2pm
- PDS 401: Managing Human Resources I
July 12, 2015 - 1 - 5pm
- PDS 402: Managing Human Resources: Employee Relations
July 13, 2015 - 9am - 1pm
If you have any questions regarding the NAPT PDS certificate registration, please contact NAPT headquarters at 800.989.6278.
If you have any questions regarding any of the state association events, please contact them directly.
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Vendor Spotlight: On the spot? Come to the spotlight
Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve the safety and efficiency of operations and processes. Knowing who to call when you're on the spot is important.
To help you find solutions, we highlight our business partners in a scrolling logo format on the NAPT homepage every two weeks. Just click on the company logo to find out more.
Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: App-Garden, Cummins Inc, Employee Screening Services, and School Bus Fleet. Their logos will be posted for the next few weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.
App-Garden (http://www.app-garden.com/travel-tracker-school-field-trip-software) is a suite of products developed by Cook Consulting, Inc. App-Garden's web-based applications provide affordable, easy-to-use solutions for managing school operations. They spent the last 25 years in technology for education and have a tremendous amount of experience in the administrative processes throughout school districts. Their desire for the App-Garden is to grow the efficiency of your district. Cook Consulting has supported over 100 school districts in the past 25 years and has developed many applications to improve workflow processes for these districts.
Cummins Inc. (www.cumminsengines.com) history, values, and heritage demonstrate how their nearly 100 years of experience, along with their commitment to dependability and innovation, enable them to build the best engines for their customers. They strive to uphold their corporate Vision and Mission statements while exhibiting the Company's Values in their everyday tasks.
Employee Screening Services (www.yourdrugtesting.com) has been providing comprehensive drug and alcohol screening services for DOT compliance and Drug-Free Workplace programs since 1991. Their customized solutions are designed to help organizations promote a safer, more productive workplace. Their quality services make testing and compliance easier.
School Bus Fleet (www.schoolbusfleet.com) is a trade publication serving 28,000 school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada. The magazine is published 11 times a year and is a Western Publishing Association Maggie Award winner. Founded in 1956, School Bus Fleet provides a wealth of information on the management and maintenance of school bus fleets operated by public school districts, private schools, Head Start agencies and child care centers. The readership includes public operators and contract service providers.
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School bus drivers say stop arm violators escaping tougher penalties mandated by lawmakers
Three years ago, Iowa lawmakers cracked down on drivers who ignored the flashing lights and extended stop arms on school buses. And that crackdown included a 30-day loss of license for even convicted first time offenders. But some school bus drivers are now questioning if the law is being properly enforced when those violations go to court. The law was called "Kadyn's Law" after Kadyn Halverson, 7, of Kensett. She was struck and killed by a driver while crossing a road to board her school bus in 2011. The driver had ignored the stop arm and flashing lights on the school bus.
Reducing testing could surface in Senate ESEA debate
Think the debate about annual testing ended when House and Senate leaders introduced bills to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that kept annual testing in place? Think again. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., introduced legislation that would roll back the ESEA's testing schedule, which right now calls for assessments in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school. Under Tester's bill, students would take such tests just once in elementary school, once in middle school and once in high school. He could offer the legislation as an amendment when and if the Senate takes up a rewrite of the law — possibly even before Memorial Day.
North Carolina Senate OKs option for school bus cameras, issuing fines
The Associated Press via WTVD-TV
Local governments and school districts soon could have administrative tools to expand the use of cameras to reduce the number of motorists driving by stopped school buses loading and unloading children. The Senate voted to allow counties to initiate ordinances that enforce state law already prohibiting vehicles from unlawfully passing buses when their stop arms swing open and lights flash. The local school system then would have the option to contract with vendors to install cameras and cite violators with $500 civil penalties, much like red-light cameras.
Kids and anxiety: Many theories exist as to why some kids are anxious and others aren't
Frustrated parents want to know, "Why?" One in four children suffers from an anxiety disorder during childhood and adolescence, according to experts, but why is this particular child in that 25 percent? Why him instead of his classmate? Why her and not her twin sister? What happened? Why won't it just go away? There are a lot of theories and continuing research as to why some children develop anxiety disorders while others — even those raised in the same environment by the same parents — do not.
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Greener buses may aid student health
Use of clean fuels and updated pollution control measures in the school buses 25 million children ride every day could result in 14 million fewer absences from school a year, based on a study by the University of Michigan and the University of Washington. In research, believed to be the first to measure the individual impact on children of the federal mandate to reduce diesel emissions, scientists found improved health and less absenteeism, especially among asthmatic children.
Chicago District 203 to spend $990,000 to replace buses
Naperville School District 203 in Illinois will replace outdated buses in its fleet at a cost of $906,295. The district will buy seven 71-passenger buses, six 14-passenger buses, and two 20-passenger activity buses with three handicapped seats from Midwest Transit Equipment. Each year the district replaces buses to ensure its fleet is safe and not costing the district extra money in maintenance costs. Elizabeth Myers, the district's director of transportation, recommended replacement of the 13 school buses and two activity buses because the mileage on the buses are between 70,000 and 80,000 miles.
School bus drivers hone in on driving skills to ensure student safety
"I've been a bus diver for 25 years and this probably one of the fun days that we have on bussing," says Ross Freeman, a bus driver in Hampden. School bus drivers across the state are subject to a comprehensive challenge every year — fully equipped with a rigorous obstacle course. "Very challenging," tells Vance McNaughton, a driver in Dexter. "First time I've done it." "This is our fun day with them," Freeman tells. "They come here. We compete we try to do our best to say we're a better driver than you are."
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Security essentials for K-12 schools
School safety is of the utmost importance to K-12 faculty, parents and administrators. Every school wants parents to know the children entrusted in its care are safe. Prevention is incredibly important, however, if an incident were to occur, schools also need to know they have the knowledge and the resources to react in a quick and effective manner. K-12 TechDecisions' sister publication, Campus Safety is holding a free webinar on this topic on April 30 called "Security Essentials for K-12 Schools." It will be hosted by Campus Safety Magazine's editor-in-chief Robin Hattersley and will feature Nils Wahlander, senior product marketing manager, HID Global.
School bus service, Lewisville ISD cut ties
The Dallas Morning News
Durham School Services will end its nearly 30-year run transporting Lewisville ISD students this summer. The school bus transporter increased its labor cost by 12 percent this year and was unable to negotiate a new contract with Lewisville ISD, said Molly Hart, manager of public relations and media for Durham School Services.
Survey: Most districts use cloud services
District Administration Magazine
A large majority of district technology leaders report moving some crucial IT services to the cloud this year, according to a report from the Consortium of School Networking. More than 65 percent of IT leaders say their district now uses productivity tools such as Google Apps for Education that run through the cloud — a rapid increase over last year, when only 10 percent reported using these services, the 2015 "K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report" found.
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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