Why so few walk or bike to school
Transportation Nation Share
What was routine a couple generations ago is now relatively rare. Nearly 50 percent of Americans kids walked or biked to school in 1969. Today the figure is 13 percent. More
Technology may render auto insurance unnecessary
Will technology render auto insurance obsolete? That's the provocative question recently posited by Donald Light, analyst with Celent, which specializes in financial services industry research. Auto insurance may be minimal because there will be fewer and fewer accidents over the next 20 years. More
Report: More biking and walking does not increase crash rate
A new report by the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration found that when the rate of walking and biking went up, the crash rate did not. It is an "eye-opening report on the value of investing in non-motorized transportation," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wrote in his blog "FastLane" earlier this month, acknowledging the value of bicycling as a transportation option and as exercise. More
Wi-Fi turns school bus into rolling study hall
Each school day, Sarah Kraft takes a bus from San Benito to the Science Academy of South Texas in Mercedes. The bus ride sweeps through Cameron County into Willacy County covering more than 30 miles, and for students like her depending on where they live, can easily spend more than four hours on a school bus every day. But since early May, the South Texas Independent School District students aboard the four longest bus routes enjoy a distraction, or a study aid. More
Facebook, Edutopia collaborate on social media guide
U.S. News & World Report Share
As most high school students are gearing up for summer break, many teachers and administrators are planning and prepping for the next school year. Part of their planning may include strategies to integrate technology in the classroom, through digital textbooks, gaming and social media. More
Obama administration announces $5 million alternative fuel program
The New American Share
Adding to President Barack Obama's "all-of-the-above" energy approach to curbing gas prices, the Department of Energy recently announced a $5-million initiative "to help expand the use of alternative-fuel vehicles, including electric vehicles, in cities and towns across the country." The taxpayer-subsidized funding will finance 10 to 20 projects that "address barriers to the adoption of these vehicles" and "drive market development" to broaden fuel station access for alternative fuel transportation. More
Extreme makeover: Green schools edition
THE Journal Share
"Are you ready for my joke?" asks Jeff Zotara, cofounder of the Green Schoolhouse Series. "Not only are we preserving Earth's natural resources by building green schools, but we're also preserving green frogs." Maybe it's not a zinger, but Zotara's one-liner perfectly illustrates the relationship between technology and the environment that he hopes to nurture with his latest project. That would be the Green Schoolhouse Series, whereby Zotara with the help of corporate sponsors and volunteers hopes to build and donate high-tech, state-of-the art sustainable schools to low-income districts that qualify for Title I funding. More
FMCSA presents strategic plan
Fleet Owner Magazine Share
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has presented a 2012-2016 Strategic Plan that will focus the agency's resources on three core principles: raising the bar to enter the motor carrier industry; maintaining high safety standards to remain in the industry; and removing high-risk carriers, drivers and service providers from operation. More
Gas price relief misses the West Coast
While supplies of gasoline are flush in much of the country, due to a combination of increased domestic production and reduced consumption, supplies are at the tightest point since the early 1990s west of the Rockies. That means that while gas prices have fallen about 5 percent in the last month nationally, they've barely moved up and down the West Coast. More
Vendor Spotlight: When you're 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 upon 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 three of 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 on our website under "Business Partner in the Spotlight" through June 1st are the following businesses: E-Z On Products, KIDDE Technologies Inc. and Synovia. Please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.
Visit our web site anytime, www.napt.org, and check out the featured scrolling logo posted near the bottom left hand side of the home page. You never know, you may find just the solution you are looking for.
E-Z On Products www.ezonpro.com is a producer of safety products including vests, harnesses and other restraint systems for the school bus, family vehicle, and medical transport. KIDDE Technologies Inc. www.safebus.net the Kidde Aerospace and Defense Fire Protection System monitors for fire protection and gas leak detection; Synovia www.synovia.com provides a global positioning system to monitor real-time events and reduce operational inefficiencies.
Summer conference season has begun!
The season for professional development workshops and classes has begun; therefore, the following state pupil transportation organizations, in conjunction with NAPT, have announced their PDS and SNT summer course offerings:
Transportation Administrators of Arizona (TAA)
PDS 202 Presentation Skills: June 18, 8 a.m. - noon
PDS 701 Intro To Leadership & Management: June 18, 1 – 5 p.m. OR
PDS 902 Crisis Communication: June 18, 1 – 5 p.m.
Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation (MAPT)
PDS 503 School Bus Specifications: June 24, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Oregon Pupil Transportation Association (OPTA)
SNT 101 Special Needs Transportation: June 19, 1 – 5 p.m.
PDS 405 Student Needs & Management: June 20, 8 a.m. - noon
West Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation (WVAPT)
PDS 202 Presentation Skills: July 15, 1 – 5 p.m.
PDS 608 Developing A Safety Program: July 16, 8 a.m. - noon
Please visit the NAPT website (www.napt.org) or state-specific association websites for more information.
More summer conference educational opportunities will be announced soon!
For NAPT Summit information please visit our www.napt.org/summit page.
NAPT PDS (Professional Development Series) course descriptions:
NAPT SNT (Special Needs Transportation Training) course descriptions:
Meet us in the Land of Blues & BBQ!
Save the dates for our 38th NAPT Annual Conference & Trade Show, which will be held in Memphis, Tenn., from Oct. 20-25, 2012.
This year's Summit will feature 50 different workshops, live action special events, a 100,000-square-foot trade show with 150 vendors, and top notch speakers like Melinda Jacobs, a renowned attorney who specializes in special education law. Learn more about her at www.mbairdlaw.com.
Visit us online (www.napt.org) and watch for updates on the program and see why getting to the NAPT Summit should be at the top of your "to-do list" in 2012.
Join us — we'll have something for everyone! Watch our Memphis infomercial.
Melinda Jacobs is an attorney in private practice who has worked in the field of special education law since 1985. Since 1996, she has exclusively represented school systems in special education matters pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and related laws. Jacobs formerly served as an attorney in the Office of Special Education Programs for the Tennessee Department of Education and as Associate Publisher for Education and Disability Publications for LRP Publications.
In addition to national, state and local presentations, Jacobs has authored several publications and articles on special education law, and has written and produced a series of audiotapes and videotapes on the implementation of the laws governing the provision of special education and related services.
Jacobs is a member of the Special Education School Attorneys Advisory Council, and serves as Chairperson of the LRP National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Students with Disabilities. Her "down to earth" and practical presentation style, combining humor and song, makes legal information accessible and understandable for educators, parents and other professionals in the field.
Hotel reservations for the Memphis Marriott Downtown can be accessed here for the $135 NAPT rate.
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See you in Memphis!
Newest SNT graduates
The NAPT Special Needs Transportation training program provides numerous opportunities for transportation personnel serving students with disabilities to access educational opportunities at both local and national conferences and to gain national recognition for their efforts.
The program has a core curriculum that consists of six Special Needs courses in a variety of different settings, including a school bus roadeo and a trade show of school transportation products and services. The core curriculum is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program. The syllabus for the core curriculum has been specifically designed to increase an individual's specific knowledge about transporting students with disabilities.
Congratulations to the following graduates who have recently complete the program:
Uldis Vilcins Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, Norristown, Pa.
Sandy Rowe Student Transportation of America, Goffstown, N.H.
NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program offered at Memphis Summit
Due to tremendous interest and participation in the NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program, we are delighted to announce the availability of this popular program at the 2012 NAPT Summit in Memphis, Tenn.
The SNT Program offers educational opportunities at both local and national conferences throughout the year for transportation personnel serving students with disabilities. The curriculum spans a variety of issues including, but not limited to: the exploration of the legal basis for special needs transportation, differences between laws and policies, and discussion of IEP's and their applicability. Activities include: observation or participation in a special needs roadeo and attendance at a trade show, featuring special needs products and services. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Child Passenger Safety Training is a component of the program along with a class on managing the behaviors of special needs students. The program concludes with an in-depth study on a topic of your choosing, and requires a written summary of your findings.
Registration will soon be available for those interested in participating at the Summit this year. For information on the SNT curriculum and downloadable forms, please visit our website at www.napt.org.
2012 National School Bus Safety Week
"I See The Driver The Driver Sees Me!"
National School Bus Safety Week Posters (illustrated above) are now available free of charge, as long as supplies last. Contact Lynn Martin at email@example.com to receive them.
Note: The Poster Contest and Safety Week are two different events. The 2011 Poster theme becomes the 2012 National School Bus Safety Week theme and is an active and evolving public education program designed to promote school bus safety. ***If your students are drawing posters for the 2012 competition, they should be using the poster theme: "Stand Back from the Yellow and Black."