Remember to Take 25
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Share
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a private, (501)(c)(3) nonprofit organization created in 1984 to serve as the nation's resource on the issues of missing and sexually exploited children. The organization provides information and resources to law enforcement, parents, children, including child victims, as well as other professionals.
An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year more than 2,000 children every day. The national Take 25 public awareness campaign, created by NCMEC, asks parents to take 25 minutes sometime during the month of May to talk to their children about safety and abduction prevention. The campaign begins on May 1 and continues through National Missing Children's Day on May 25. The focus of Take 25 is on prevention and provides those holding events in communities throughout the country with free safety resources including safety tips, conversation starters and engaging activities.
We encourage you to utilize the resources available from NCMEC to contribute to the Take 25 program: attend an event, give your time, become a corporate partner or make a donation. For more information, please visit www.take25.org/
Weisinger nominated to run for NAPT affiliate member director
Marisa Weisinger, technical specialist for Innovative Transportation Solutions, Houston has been nominated to run for NAPT affiliate member director.
The position will be available this fall when current Affiliate Member Director Mike Roscoe, Director of School Business Products for CE White, steps down after fulfilling a two-year term, at the conclusion of the 37th Annual NAPT Conference & Trade Show in Cincinnati. Weisinger was nominated by Steve Barker, National OEM Account Manager, with Q'Straint/Sure-Lok and Dwight Gleaves, vice president of Sales for Hydrotex.
Elections for president-elect and director of Region 2 and director of Region 4 also will be held during the conference. Visit www.napt.org for additional information.
Any person who wishes to be a candidate for NAPT president-elect, regional director or director-at-large must be an active individual member of the association for at least two years; candidates for affiliate member director must be current business partner individual members.
Anyone interested in running for president-elect, regional director or director-at-large must be nominated by a minimum of two active individual members of the association; candidates for regional director must be nominated by individuals from that particular region. Individuals running for affiliate member director must be nominated by at least two current business partner individual members.
The president-elect and at-large directors are selected by vote of all active members. Regional directors are selected by vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region. The affiliate member director is chosen by NAPT Business Partner Individual Members only.
Call 800-989-NAPT for additional information from NAPT headquarters.
NAPT Board meets, amends board member duties, Hall of Fame guidelines
The NAPT Board of Directors recently has adopted amended versions of the job description and responsibilities checklist that are key components of an agreement every member of the board is asked to sign when she/he takes office. NAPT members aspiring to join the board strongly are encouraged to log in to the members-only section of the NAPT website and review these documents.
The guidelines for the NAPT Hall of Fame also have been revised. There are new criteria for induction, eligibility guidelines and procedures for selection of inductees, which are posted on the NAPT website. To view the new guidelines, please go to www.napt.org and click on the "Awards" tab at the top of the home page.
New online PDS courses now available:
101 Student Transportation Orientation
This workshop is a comprehensive introductory overview of all aspects of contemporary pupil transportation. This course provides the foundation for all of the NAPT Certificate programs.
More courses are on the way!
Already available in our ONLINE Shopping Cart:
PDS 201 Business Writing
PDS 202 Presentation Skills
PDS 203 Communications Skills for Transportation Professionals
PDS 204 Team Communication Strategies
PDS 205 Managing the Media
PDS 208 Parent, Administrator, Board and Public Outreach
PDS 301 Basic School Transportation Accounting
PDS 402 Managing Human Resources
PDS 405 Student Needs & Management
PDS 601 School Bus Routing & Scheduling I
PDS 602 School Bus Routing & Scheduling II
PDS 606 Risk Management and Emergency Planning
PDS 702 Personal Skills for Managers
PDS 703 Personal Skills – Time Management
NAPT members pay just $40 per course! You can sign up for any of these classes by clicking here. Available to non-members for $100.
Or visit our website, www.napt.org/online for more information.
To find out more about our partner in this endeavor, School Training Solutions, please visit www.schooltrainingsolutions.com.
Join us Oct. 22-27 in Cincinnati for an action-packed event featuring workshops, professional growth opportunities, an unparalleled trade show and much more!
We will provide frequent updates about program content. In the meantime, feel free to register and reserve your hotel room.
For all summit-related information, please visit www.napt.org and click on the "Annual Summit" tab.
Exhibitors, please log on to www.napt.org/summit/ for exhibitor packets, business partner applications and Freeman show services information.
Sightless parents adopt children who cannot see
Detroit Free Press Share
Inside a two-story brick house where the microwave buttons are marked with braille and the clocks announce the time, everyone is listening carefully at 7:15 a.m. for the arrival of the school bus. 10-year-old Rupa is the first to hear it. "Oh, the bus is here!" she calls. Her mother rushes to the front window, listening for confirmation before calling out: "That's it!" Rupa grabs her white cane. 6-year-old Aihua reaches down and, guided by touch alone, pulls on a pair of rubber rain boots. Paula Sprecher hustles them outside. With each step of this hectic school-day morning, the 49-year-old mother of two helps her daughters find their way in a world that neither she nor they can see. More
Little. yellow. dangerous.
Despite the continued preponderance of "Children at Play" on streets across the land, it is no secret in the world of traffic engineering that "Children at Play" signs termed, with subtle condescension, "advisory signs" have been proven neither to change driver behavior nor to do anything to improve the safety of children in a traffic setting. More
Government, industry seek ways to skip the airport pat-down
USA Today Share
Upset with being frisked and having a naked image taken of you at airports? Increasingly, stringent air security screening methods such as these are under question. And they're not just being questioned by travelers upset at being groped. A consensus is building among the airline industry, business and leisure travel groups and even top government officials that something needs to change. More
Breaking the law? One-third of districts don't include cyber-bullying in policies
Minnesota Public Radio Share
A good deal of social interaction occurs over the Internet — including bullying. That so-called "cyber-bullying" has schools across the nation struggling to figure out the best way to address it. Minnesota Public Radio found lax oversight on bullying in Minnesota — no one checks whether districts and charter schools actually have the required bullying policies in place. More
Congress warned public transit cuts would hurt US economy
All Headline News Share
Public transportation funding is among budget items members of Congress are considering reducing as they try to cut the $14 trillion federal deficit. However, fewer bus, subway and passenger rail trips will mean more roadway congestion, transit advocates say. More
Energy prices are hurting Americans, don't add a hidden car tax
The Hill Share
Although the so-called "Great Recession" officially ended in June 2009, unemployment moved back up to nine percent in April and 62 percent of Americans still have a pessimistic outlook on the economic prospects of the nation according to the latest Gallup survey. Given the fragile state of the economy, rising energy prices and widespread negative sentiment about the economy, the last thing the country needs is a new and hidden tax on the cars they drive. And yet, that is exactly what is likely to happen. More
New federal program promotes 'green' school policies
eSchool News Share
As the "green" movement sweeps across the nation, prompting citizens to buy organic produce and reduce their energy consumption, schools are following suit with lesson plans that teach students how to value environmental resources and with practices that save energy — and money. Now, a new federal program will honor and encourage these efforts. The U.S. Education Department created the Green Ribbon Schools program to recognize schools that are creating healthy and sustainable learning environments and teaching environmental literacy. The new awards program will receive support from the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More
NG producers to promote vehicles, infrastructure
America's Natural Gas Alliance and the American Gas Association announced that the organizations will work together to advance the development and utilization of natural gas vehicles and fueling infrastructure in North America. The new coalition brings together more than 50 producers and distributors of natural gas. More
Should drivers pay by the mile instead of the gallon?
USA Today Share
For nearly 80 years, motorists have paid a tax every time they put gas in their cars. What if they were taxed based on how far they drive instead? More
Using technology to move beyond schools
Education Week Share
Think ahead 10 or 15 years and ask yourself, "What proportion of the activity called 'learning' will be located in the institution called 'school'?" The availability of relatively cheap technologies offering direct access to knowledge of all types creates opportunities for students to experience a dramatic increase in the choice of what they learn, with whom they choose to learn, and how they choose to learn. More
US plans faster screening for low-risk air travelers
The Obama administration is developing a faster airport security screening process for passengers considered to be low security risks, the head of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration said. Long wait times to get through security checks at U.S. airports have prompted complaints from travelers and the travel industry, which has called on the government to take steps to improve the process. More
Commuters less able to take a deep breath
Environmental Health News Share
Breathing traffic air pollution while commuting during rush hour affects airway function in drivers and bus riders but not bikers, report researchers in the journal Epidemiology. Even though the bikers inhaled more air and more particulates during their two-hour commutes, they didn't experience the airflow declines seen in the bus and car riders. More
Drivers face more toll increases
USA Today Share
Drivers are facing higher tolls this year to pay for road maintenance and improvement projects that are in some cases being hampered by state budget shortfalls and declining gas tax revenue, officials say. More
Free websites use social networking tools to share content
eSchool News Share
As social networking and education become increasingly compatible, free websites like Wiggio and Sophia are working to strengthen this bond by providing additional tools for educators and students. More
2011 National School Bus Safety Week
'Be Aware – Know The Danger Zone!'
National School Bus Safety Week Posters (illustrated above) are now available free of charge, as long as supplies last. Contact Lynn Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive them.
Note: The Poster Contest and Safety Week are two different events. The 2010 Poster theme becomes the 2011 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 2011 competition, they should be using the poster theme: "I See The Driver – The Driver Sees Me!"