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Check out NAPT's 2014 Summit education lineup
Another school year is coming to a close, but learning is still top priority for NAPT! This year's entire 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation program is designed to advance all professionals in the industry. Join us in Kansas City, Missouri, this Nov. 8-11, and check out this lineup!
- National Speakers Association (NSA) Hall of Fame member Steve Gilliland, CSP will help you remember why you love what you do! His keynote speech will explain the subtle but important difference between accepting change and embracing it, both personally and professionally.
- Featured speaker Mark Levin, who is both a Certified Association Executive (CAE), and a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), will explain and provide concrete examples of the personal and professional return on investment (ROI) you can expect from actively participating in non-profit and community-based organizations.
- Veteran's Day speaker Captain Scott O'Grady will help us honor our nation's veterans while he shares his courageous story of survival in hostile territory. His tale of adaptation is sure to inspire us all to our own groundbreaking achievements. Thank you to HSM Transportation Solutions for sponsoring our Veteran's Day Keynote presentation.
- 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.
- Hear industry experts speaking on the latest topics ranging from safety and technology to employee management and budgeting.
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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!
NAPT members complete Special Needs Transportation program
Congratulations to Annette McLamb (Suffolk City Public Schools, Suffolk, VA) & Jennifer McCron (Parkview Transit, Brampton, Ontario)
By successfully completing this rigorous curriculum geared toward transportation personnel serving students with disabilities, Annette McLamb and Jennifer McCron have demonstrated their commitment to the profession, district, and students. NAPT's Special Needs Transportation program consists of a series of traditional classroom and hands-on training specifically designed to test the skills and enhance the knowledge of those working with students with disabilities.
Originally started to provide access to tailored educational opportunities at both local and national conferences, the program currently includes a core curriculum consisting of special needs courses in a variety of different settings. The SNT syllabus is intended to increase an individual's specific knowledge about transporting students with disabilities.
Congratulations Annette and Jennifer!
NAPT's Special Needs Transportation training evolves
to meet industry needs
The NAPT Board of Directors has approved the recommendation to create a new category of professional certification for those involved in the transportation of students with disabilities. The core of the new certification is NAPT's Special Needs Transportation (SNT) Endorsement Program, which consists of six diverse learning experiences that are the equivalent of more than 24 hours of classroom education.
"The same people that conceived and developed our SNT training believe it has created a strong base of support for this move," according to Don Carnahan, NAPT President. "We're excited to be the only organization in the school transportation industry to offer a level of professional recognition that meets the industry's evolving demands."
Nearly 80 people have already completed the SNT training and have received a special endorsement, which they will retain indefinitely. These people will also be offered the opportunity to acquire the same certification number as their endorsement if they choose to complete the additional training required to be Certified in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT) by NAPT.
In order to be Certified in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT), candidates will have to complete 9 classes, including the six elements of NAPT's Special Needs Transportation (SNT) training program and three additional classes in the NAPT Professional Development Series. NAPT's PDS 101 - Student Transportation Orientation, is available either online or in person. "This is standard across all of our certification programs," said Carnahan.
In addition, the requirements of NAPT CSNT include:
- Presentation Skills (PDS 202) OR Communication Skills for Transportation Professionals (PDS 203) OR Team Communication Strategies (PDS 204)
- Introduction to Leadership & Management (PDS 701) OR Personal Skills for Managers (PDS 702) OR Personal Skills – Time Management (PDS 703).
According to Barry Sudduth, CDPT, Chair of NAPT's Professional Growth Committee, "By including these core requirements, we're ensuring those completing the certification program are well-rounded pupil transportation professionals. And, we're really only adding one additional component to the program as previously two electives were required for completion of the SNT endorsement."
The new certification program will be launched at the NAPT Summit this November in Kansas City, MO because the work group agreed to modify the SNT program by retooling two of its core experiences – the Roadeo Report (SNT 103) and the Trade Show Report (SNT 104). NAPT is in the process of creating a new skills assessment to replace the traditional roadeo. Areas that will be evaluated are: Pre-Trip/Check, Wheelchair Loading, Wheelchair Securement, Managing Challenging Student Behaviors, Emergency Event/Evacuation, and Car Seat Securement. In order to complete this course, participants will either have to attend NAPT's Annual Summit each fall or participate in an NAPT-approved roadeo put on by their state association.
Similarly, in an effort to streamline the curriculum and meet the needs of candidates, the Trade Show Report (SNT 104) has evolved into the Product & Equipment Showcase. By providing a list of standard equipment and products regularly used in the transportation of students with special needs, candidates have the flexibility to do research on their own time. To complete the course, they'll submit a write-up demonstrating their knowledge of 10 products specifically designed to promote safety.
Finally, consistent with NAPT's entire professional certification program, to receive a SNT certification candidates will need to successfully complete an exam.
"As always, our goal is to support pupil transportation professionals and provide them with the knowledge, tools, and skills necessary to safely and efficiently transport our students to and from school each day," said Mike Martin, NAPT Executive Director. "The transition of our SNT program into a certification program is just another example of how we’re encouraging excellence."
Those professionals who've started the SNT Endorsement process are grandfathered in the program and must complete the original Endorsement requirements by June 30, 2016. Or, they can work toward the certification by completing the three additional required courses. Already endorsed professionals maintain this distinction and are encouraged to continue highlighting this accomplishment. Similarly, if they wish to take their Endorsement to the next level, they are welcome to complete the three courses to become certified.
The NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training program is open to everyone in the pupil transportation industry. After paying a one-time $50 certification application fee, NAPT members pay a reduced rate of $20 per activity/course while non-members pay $50 per activity/course. For more information about the certification program, please contact NAPT headquarters at 800-989-6278 or Brianne.Peck@napt.org.
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School transportation much more than driving buses
The duties of school transportation staff range from routine vehicle maintenance to ensuring that thousands of children remain safe while their buses travel more than 2,000 miles of roads to and from school. Besides the driving skills necessary to keeping a big bus safely on the road, being a school bus driver requires a love of children, flexibility and patience, because you've got 50 to 70 children on each bus — the equivalent of three classrooms — ranging from kindergartners through 12th-graders and all from different situations, all needing continual monitoring, says Transportation Director Roger Bates.
DC school buses racked up traffic-camera violations
The Washington Post
Traffic cameras in the District have caught city school bus drivers speeding and running red lights hundreds of times in recent years, and — unlike most drivers in the District — they haven't had to pay the tickets, according to city records. D.C. school bus drivers racked up 327 traffic-camera tickets from January 2009 to March 2013, amassing $34,745 in unpaid fines, motor vehicle records show. According to a Washington Post analysis of city data, the buses received tickets at a per-mile rate that was 16 times more frequent than the city’s fleet of Metro buses and other Metro vehicles, and was akin to the rate of city police vehicles, which often trigger the cameras while responding to emergencies. Such police-related tickets are dismissed.
'Click It or Ticket' starts summer on important safety note
U.S. Department of Transportation Fast Lane
Memorial Day traditionally marks the start of summer driving season. With millions of Americans taking to the roads, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have again launched the "Click It or Ticket" seat belt campaign. During this period of heightened enforcement and education, the DOT and NHTSA partner with state and local law enforcement to promote seat belt use for one simple reason: It saves lives.
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Walking school buses thought to curb obesity, improve grades
NY Daily News
For a growing number of children in Rhode Island, Iowa and other states, the school day starts and ends in the same way — they walk with their classmates and an adult volunteer to and from school. Walking school buses are catching on in school districts nationwide because they are seen as a way to fight childhood obesity, improve attendance rates and ensure that children get to school safely.
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Windshield washer fluid linked to deadly Legionnaires' disease
Windshield washer fluid may be a breeding ground for bacteria that causes the deadly pneumonia known as Legionnaires’ disease. Previous studies have tied riding in automobiles to the illness, though researchers didn't know how or why it happened. An investigation into fluid dispersed by school buses in Arizona seems to have provided the answer.
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.
School district debuts 1st ad inside school bus
You've seen ads inside city buses for years, but how about in school buses? One Lehigh County district in Pennsylvania has debuted its first interior school bus ad. Parkland School District in South Whitehall Township decided to sell advertising for inside school buses as a way to add much-needed revenue for the district. The ad's message discourages texting while driving.
CDL drivers must now use a certified medical examiner for medical card
Trucking Injury Blog
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is reminding interstate truck and bus drivers that all new USDOT physicals must be performed by a qualified health professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. "Safety is our highest priority and it is vital that every commercial truck and bus driver be qualified, alert, and focused when they are behind the wheel," said Secretary Anthony Foxx.
What's next for alternative fuel vehicles
The Wall Street Journal
Looking ahead 10 years, will electric, natural gas or hydrogen vehicles have made significant inroads in the car market? Each of these technologies is on a different path. Electric cars are on a path similar to technologies like smartphones. Early adopters pay high costs which helps develop improvements, reduce price and take the technology to a mass audience. Prices are, however, coming down and will continue to over the next decade. Natural-gas prices will probably stay low making them a good choice for city buses and companies that can install filling stations for many vehicles.
Governor gives Orange County schools' operations department top efficiency award
Orange County Public Schools' operations side was granted the prestigious Governor's Sterling Award earlier this month. The Sterling is the highest award an organization can receive for performance excellence in Florida. "We are just blown away by it. We have been so focused on improving quality over the past few years improving efficiency while focusing on customer service," said Michael Eugene, the district's chief operations officer.
Geovisual software use expands in K-12 schools
School systems have used computerized geographic-information systems for years to manage student transportation, predict demographic changes, and make decisions about where to locate new school buildings. Now, the use of geovisual software to improve back-end operations is taking off in new, more sophisticated directions. The rapid evolution is due to the rise in the use of mobile devices, vendors' adoption of Web-based mapping tools and development of more high-powered algorithms, and the increasing technological savvy of school district administrators.
Measuring the desire for higher quality roads
The Asphalt Pavement Alliance contracted with polling firm Edelman Berland to conduct a survey of 3,085 drivers, including commercial truckers, from eight regions throughout the U.S. back in March to find out what they desired most when it comes to roadways in this country: better maintenance, adding capacity to existing roads, or just building new roads altogether. From the perspective of the APA, discerning from drivers themselves where roadway funding should be spent will help lawmakers on Capitol Hill in their transportation reauthorization efforts.
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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