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NAPT Professional Development courses available at 2014 Summit
Each year NAPT is pleased to provide courses from our Professional Development Series (PDS). Our 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation is no different ... check out the courses offered this year!
Friday, November 7 – Eight hour courses:
- PDS 802 - NHTSA Child Safety Restraint Training
- PDS 609 - Accident Investigation
Friday, November 7 – Morning four hour courses:
- PDS 607 - Legal & Regulatory Fundamentals
- PDS 404 - Human Resources: Critical Issues
Friday, November 7 – Afternoon four hour courses:
- PDS 208 - Parent, Teacher, Board & Public Outreach
- PDS 605 - School Transportation Contract Mgt.
Saturday and Sunday courses*:
- PDS 403 - Labor Contract Negotiations
- PDS 505 - School Facility Planning
- PDS 801 - Spc. Needs Student Trans. Orientation
- PDS 304 - Data Driven Decision-Making
- PDS 604 - Transportation Program Planning & Eval
- PDS 204 - Team Communication Strategies
- PDS 506 - Transportation Facility Planning
- PDS 805 - Managing Spc. Needs Behaviors
For more information on NAPT's Professional Development Series and to read course descriptions, click here.
* Course times for Saturday and Sunday have not been finalized. Please watch your email and our website for the latest information.
Take your profession to the next level
Looking to start your certification? Need a few courses to finish your certification? Join NAPT in Kansas City, Missouri, this November and make your professional dreams a reality!
Early-bird gets the worm
Register early and save $100! Our full conference rate is only $299 before Aug. 1. Take advantage of this great discount and register online today!
Prefer paper? Download the Delegate packet and fax your form to 518-218-0867.
NAPT: Driving Innovation
This year's entire Summit program is designed to advance all professionals in the industry. Here's how:
- Experience It – LIVE! – a "real time" live action event about the vulnerabilities of your bus. Learn from experts what you can do to prepare for this type of situation, and strategies for keeping your students safe.
- Laugh through the Keynote session with Steve Gilliland while he provides a blueprint for getting the most out of life.
- Hear industry experts speaking on the latest topics ranging from safety and technology to employee management and budgeting.
- Participate in our unique, new trade show format, featuring more than 120 vendors providing the latest in products and services designed to help you perform your job better.
- For the first time in our 40-year history, participate (or send your technician, trainer and inspector) in the America's Best Competition during our Summit.
We've enhanced the program format to maximize your time in Kansas City. By starting on Saturday, you'll still find top-notch presenters addressing the latest industry trends; you'll just be spending fewer days out of the office.
We have something for everyone; join us!
Share your thoughts with NAPT!
Last week you received a comprehensive membership survey from NAPT. Our mission is CLEAR, which is an acronym for – Communication, Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Resources. Our goal is to provide you with the opportunity to connect with school transportation professionals and their related products and service providers around the world that regularly and consistently engage in stimulating dialogue on industry standards and other important issues. Are we hitting the mark?
In an ongoing effort to provide you with products and services that help you achieve your personal and professional goals, we're conducting a comprehensive membership survey. Your responses will help us enhance member benefits and programs aimed at better serving you in the future. The survey deadline is this Friday, May 23; please let us know what you think. Click here to take the survey now.
There's a prize at the end! To say 'thank you,' all those who finish the survey will automatically be entered to win one of four prizes. Three survey participants will each receive a $50 Visa gift card and one lucky participant will receive a Grand Prize of a $150 Visa gift card. Click here to take the survey now.
Thank you for your time and thoughtful answers.
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: Custom Radio Corp, PFC Brakes, Seats Incorporated and SoundOff Signal. 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.
Custom Radio Corp. (www.customradio.net) has been serving the Heavy-Duty Truck and Bus Industry with a wide range of Product and Services since 1974. They have taken great pride in building a reputation that exceeds customers' expectations in reliability, service, design and on-time delivery, establishing Custom Radio Corporation among the leaders in the industry.
PFC Brakes (www.pfcbrakes.com) passion is in their product. They strive to deliver innovative products to the market that outperform the competitors' and all preceding products. At Performance Friction they do not strive to meet industry standards, but to surpass them. They strive to continually drive the industry through improvement and innovation.
Seats Incorporated (www.seatsinc.com) is a Wisconsin corporation that designs, manufactures and markets seating and accessories for operators of vehicles with wheels or tracks. W. R. Sauey, Chairman of the Nordic Group of Companies, founded the Company in 1952 as a manufacturer of seats for lift trucks. Seats Incorporated is now one of the most diverse seating manufacturers in the nation with products that are used in a wide variety of applications including: industrial trucks, over-the-highway semi-tractors, off-highway equipment, earth moving equipment, military vehicles and emergency vehicles.
SoundOff Signal (www.soundoffsignal.com) has provided innovative vehicle safety solutions for the markets they serve for over 40 years. Their rich history, commitment to their customers, and problem-solving design has resulted in an organization that delivers products and services you can trust.
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- Driver / passenger safety & comfort
- Decreased fuel consumption & maintenance costs
- A meaningful reduction in carbon emissions
- Short R.O.I. and significant savings
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Dubai school bus drivers face strict license standards
School bus drivers in Dubai are subjected to rigorous training and qualification process to ensure the highest standard of safety for pupils on road, according to a senior Roads and Transport Authority official. RTA's Public Transport Agency holds annual training and approval programs for candidates selected by schools to drive their buses before permits are issued to drivers.
District puts armed deputies on some school buses
Deputies on school buses it's happening in Polk County, Florida, after two students were allegedly caught on video knocking another student out with a sucker punch. The district is ordering a deputy on board each bus headed for the Don Woods and Bill Duncan Opportunity Centers, alternative high schools for students deemed at-risk. But the move comes with a warning from the head of the school board.
Propane battles natural gas for share of US transport market
Last November, Nicholas Jackson, the transport chief responsible for Cleveland's school buses, found himself in the middle of a battle for business in the niche world of alternative fuels. Tasked with replacing an aging fleet of diesel-powered buses and saving money, he had to choose the best fuel option for his fleet: either compressed natural gas, a cheap and clean option; or propane, a less-used but simpler fuel that's been gaining in popularity. He chose propane, and this month the city's Municipal School District finished taking delivery of 49 new propane-fuel buses.
Multimedia bullying prevention program developed by hospital and school
Bullying is a problem in schools everywhere. A third of students say they've been picked on by bullies. Instead of lectures and reading about the problem, there's a new high tech program to combat the problem. Students in Southwest Philadelphia recently got to see their work on the big screen. Free2B starts with a 3-D movie. The glasses give students an up close view of bullying, and they see thoughts and feelings of victims that are rarely shared. This is the debut of a new multimedia anti-bullying program that uses a variety of interactive tools.
Skill development with after-school programs
By Archita Datta Majumdar
What started as a novel idea has now become an important development for parents and administrations alike. In the last two decades, after-school programs have mushroomed across the length and breadth of the country. In doing so, quality after-school programs have shown how they have positively affected the youth of the nation. The after-school hours of 3-6 p.m. are ripe for juvenile crime, and the increase in these programs are a great way to keep the children constructively engaged and under adult supervision.
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Hold off on seat belt bills
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Student safety is of the utmost importance for Michigan families, and it should be for school districts as well. Lawmakers in the state House have introduced several bills that would require shoulder belts in all new school buses. Yet studies related to the effectiveness of seat belts on buses are mixed.
School bus drivers better with age
When it comes to our children, safety never takes a back seat. Parents may recall the terrifying scene in Douglass, Kansas, this past Halloween when a school bus was washed away from a flooded bridge.
Fix school bus problems by leaving politics in the dust
Tampa Bay Times
Sue Carlton writes, "I see them mornings on my way to work: two young boys, two young girls, standing on the sidewalk dwarfed by their huge backpacks as they wait for the school bus with the sun barely up. And always, two moms hovering a discreet half-block away, watching their children handed off into the world. What a complex and formidable task, transporting some 90,000 children safely to and from school in Hillsborough County, the nation's eighth-largest school district. And in the din of political squabbling that has become routine among school officials here, the transportation news of late has not been great."
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Could solar roads meet our power needs?
Green Car Reports
If there's one big problem with centralized solar power facilities it's that finding the space to build them is quite difficult. But what if you could take existing infrastructure and put it to other uses? Idaho-based Solar Roadways aims to do just that, and is crowdfunding a project to manufacture its interlocking solar panels on a wider scale with the ambitious (but laudable) aim to meet our future power needs, charging electric cars, and even homes, using our roads.
School bus driver sparks new reading program throughout mid-Columbia
For the last several years, Carlyn Kraft, a school bus driver for the Pasco School District in Washington, has been reading to the students who ride on her bus. Once the Children's Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia found out about it, Kraft was awarded the 2014 Literacy Champion Award. Now, the foundation will launch a new program called Books on the Bus this fall across the Mid-Columbia in Kraft's honor.
Viral bullying video shows how frustrated parents can get
The following case demonstrates how angry and helpless parents can feel when they believe their child is being bullied and that nothing is being done to stop it. Becki Cohn-Vargas, a parent of three grown children, is a former principal, superintendent and teacher with more than two decades of experience in education. She is now director of Not in Our School, a program that works to create networks of schools that are free of bullying and offers a guide to parents on how to deal with bullying behavior.
How teachers are using technology
In education it's easy to get data from one school, district, or even state. But obtaining national data, encompassing most of the teachers in the U.S., is no easy feat, and breaking that data into technology use is even rarer. However, that's exactly what the National Center for Education Statistics accomplished. The data compiled by the NCES is one of the most comprehensive breakdowns of how teachers use technology in classrooms, from professional development to its use in parent and student communication. It also details the availability of the technology, and whether or not teachers make use of it.
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 nonmember 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 email NAPT Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at Brianne.Peck@napt.org today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.
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