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Captain Scott O'Grady to speak @ NAPT Summit on Veteran's Day
Captain (Ret.) Scott O'Grady, a former Air Force fighter pilot, has agreed to present a Keynote speech (sponsored by HSM Transportation Solutions) to help NAPT honor our nation's heroes on Veteran's Day (Tuesday, Nov. 11). Join your colleagues in Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 8-11 at the 40th Annual NAPT Summit: Driving Innovation and hear Captain (Ret.) O'Grady's exciting and inspiring story and learn why preparation, teamwork, and leadership are keys to professional survival.
Meet Captain O'Grady
Air Force Captain (Ret.) Scott F. O'Grady was helping enforce the NATO no-fly zone policy in the skies over Bosnia when a Soviet-made anti-aircraft missile slammed into his F-16. He tells his incredible story of how he survived in hostile territory for six days before being rescued by the U.S. Marines in his book, Return With Honor, which spent six weeks on The New York Times best seller list. He has also published Basher Five-Two, a children's edition of his original story. His courageous story has also been documented on the Discovery Channel presentation, Behind Enemy Lines. In addition, O'Grady has been featured on CNN's Voices of the Millennium, a Then and Now, series that focus on the most influential personalities of the 20th century.
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This Veteran's Day Keynote presentation is sponsored by HSM Transportation Solutions.
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Register early and save $100! Our full conference rate is only $299 before Aug. 1. Take advantage of this great discount ... register online today!
Prefer paper? Download the Delegate packet and fax your form to 518-218-0867.
The Kansas City Marriott Downtown, approximately 20 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI) will serve as our headquarters hotel and a block of rooms has been set aside for Summit delegates. Reserve your room at the reduced NAPT rate of $134/night, plus tax (~$158.33/night), or call 800-228-9290. Individuals are encouraged to make reservations early. In order to secure the reduced rate, reservations must be made by Oct. 8, 2014.
So, mark your calendar and make plans to be in Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 8-11 for NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. We look forward to seeing you there!
Exciting changes in store for NAPT's America's Best Competition this fall
The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) today announced an enhanced version of its annual "America's Best Training and Skills Competition" will be offered during the organization's 40th annual Summit, Driving Innovation, Nov. 8-11 in Kansas City, Missouri. According to NAPT President Don Carnahan, the popular safety program will be expanded this year to include two pilot programs: The first ever driver trainer competition, and a special needs transportation component.
"We're excited about the changes to make America's Best even better and more meaningful for participants. Our team of experts promises to deliver two outstanding programs in Kansas City that are not to be missed," said Carnahan.
Led by Theresa Anderson (TM Anderson Consulting LLC) program coordinators are further developing the training curriculum for both of these pilot programs and designing challenges to test competitors' skills. Barry Sudduth, CDPT, NAPT board member, commented "The new training curriculum will challenge your skills, and is a fun opportunity for friendly professional competition."
Criteria for the driver training competition include:
- Human Resources and Interpersonal Skills
a. Interview Skills
b. Verifying References
- Writing and Presentation Skills
a. Creating a lesson plan
b. Teaching using the plan
- Hands on Skills
a. Mirror adjustment
b. Pre-Trip skills
c. Proper use of adaptive and safety equipment
- Use of technology in training
Criteria for the special needs competition include:
- Wheelchair Loading
- Wheelchair Securement
- Managing Challenging Student Behaviors
- Emergency Event/Evacuation
- Car Seat Securement
America's Best began 11 years ago as a way for school fleet technicians and inspectors to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a competitive setting, while also fostering peer-to-peer networking. It's among many NAPT professional development opportunities that promote safer pupil transportation. To learn more about NAPT's educational programs, click here.
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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: Bus Parts Warehouse, IC Bus, Safety Vision and Seon System Sales, Inc. 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.
Bus Parts Warehouse (www.buspartswarehouse.com), a national distributor of school bus replacement parts and special needs transportation accessories, is pleased to announce the launch of their redesigned and highly integrated website. Once logged in you'll be able to manage your account as well as see your pricing and the availability of parts and enter orders on-line. You'll receive an email confirmation when your order is placed and another when it's shipped. You can track orders, check the status of any backordered parts and also see your order history. All of your account information is just a "click" away. Please call your sales consultant at 800-635-5567 to help you take advantage of all the features the site has to offer.
IC Bus (www.icbus.com) buses don't just carry passengers. They carry the most precious cargo there is: Our children. Being an industry leader means caring about more than engineering, design, and fluid economy. It means truly understanding what our buses are made of and who they're for. That's why they build their buses as if their own children ride them: Because they do. At IC Bus, they believe you can't build a better bus unless you truly appreciate what – and who – goes into one.
Safety Vision (www.safetyvision.com) has long been a driving force in the mobile video market. Since 1993, they have provided fleet operators in diverse industries with a full suite of onboard surveillance and collision avoidance camera systems. They supply the public and private sectors with security video surveillance technology to enhance safety, reduce risk, improve productivity, and maximize profit. Their expertise is grounded in their long history and thorough understanding of video technology applications across the mobile landscape.
Seon System Sales Inc. (www.seon.com) is proud to be the world's No. 1 supplier of mobile surveillance equipment for the bus & coach industry (IMS Research, 2007—2013). Manufacturing world-class video surveillance systems for school bus and public transit, Seon helps transportation managers capture, record, view, and wirelessly download on-board security footage, quickly and reliably. Fleet management solutions such as live vehicle tracking, passenger ridership tracking, and school bus routing are integrated with mobile video to give fleet managers real-time information about their fleet operations for total fleet awareness.
NAPT & Zonar Systems partner to offer members $50,000 equipment grants
Looking for new, state-of-the-art equipment for your buses? NAPT and Zonar Systems have again partnered to provide grants for $50,000 in the latest school bus security/safety/efficiency equipment. Take advantage of this member benefit and
download the grant application here.
The 2014 grants will be awarded to school districts that submit proposals for utilizing Zonar's widely acclaimed Electronic Fleet Management Solutions, including their Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting (EVIR®) system. New for 2014, school districts applying for and receiving the grants will be notified on a rolling basis, allowing them to implement the systems in advance of the 2014-2015 school year if they so choose. Recipients will also be recognized in November at the NAPT Summit: Driving Innovation in Kansas City, Missouri.
Grants are only open to NAPT members in good standing. Please contact NAPT headquarters at 800-989-NAPT (6278) to verify or renew your membership, or join online today! Applications will be accepted in NAPT headquarters through Oct. 15, 2014. Zonar will evaluate the applications and make final decisions on an ongoing basis.
Details on the requirements and application process are at www.napt.org and information about Zonar products and services at www.zonarsystems.com.
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Talks ongoing for UDSD, drivers
The Delaware County Daily Times
Just like the emergency exits in the back of school buses, the Upper Darby School District in Pennsylvania is leaving itself a way out in case negotiations with its school bus drivers don't go as planned. The district is bargaining with Transportation Workers Union Local 289 to reach a new contract with the drivers. However, the district has taken proposals from Durham and First Student to provide drivers to the district. The district says if a new company is contracted, drivers will use district-owned buses. No decision has been made about who will be driving the district's school buses in the immediate future.
Good idea returns walk to school
San Angelo Standard-Times
If this were the 1950s or earlier, this latest development in transporting children to school would be regarded as a huge joke — walking. This being the 20-teens, the revival of an idea that's as old as school, indeed as old as feet, has been gussied up with fresh jargon — "the walking school bus." The idea is that, under parental supervision, pupils within reasonable walking distance to their elementary school walk as a group, starting at the most distant house and picking up their classmates as they go.
Study: High-tech schools may run into budget troubles, cut tech spending
The Hechinger Report
Preliminary findings from a two-year study of new charter schools that were given extra funds to combine computer-based learning with teacher instruction show that schools quickly ran into budget shortfalls and pulled back on their technology plans.
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Building workplace safety with rewards and recognition
Occupational Health & Safety
Recognition and reward for a job well done fulfills a basic human need for acknowledgement and affirmation. When we are recognized for our contributions, we naturally engage at a higher level and contribute more. Successful safety managers incorporate the concept of recognition and reward into their safety programs to drive positive safety behavior and ultimately impact financial results.
For frustrated gifted children, a world of online opportunities
When parents find they have a two-year-old who can read, or a five-year-old who wakes up talking about square roots, the task of ensuring that these exceptionally bright children get the educational nourishment they need is unchartered territory. The path can be frustrating for the children, and worry-inducing for the parents. But the ongoing boom in online learning opportunities has been a great benefit for many gifted youth because the offerings can cater to a student's ability rather than age.
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Cyber bullying: Are teachers at risk?
Special Broadcasting Service
It's well known that the Internet and social media has exposed school students to new risk of bullying and harassment online. But how do their teachers fare?
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!
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.
Diesel bus alternatives could save schools millions
Product Design & Development
Electric school buses that feed the power grid could save school districts millions of dollars — and reduce children's exposure to diesel fumes — based on recent research by the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE). A new study examines the cost-effectiveness of electric school buses that discharge their batteries into the electrical grid when not in use and get paid for the service. The technology, called vehicle-to-grid (V2G), was pioneered at UD and is being tested with electric cars in a pilot project.
BYOD success stories
District Administration Magazine
Districts that have implemented BYOD successfully have found building a powerful Wi-Fi network, developing explicit acceptable use policies, and communicating those policies clearly to students, parents and teachers are critical steps in the technology transition. While the model of bringing in your own device began decades ago with the push for students to use their own calculators in class, the concept of students using their personal phones, tablets and computers in class took off in 2008, according to Sara Hall, the Alliance for Excellent Education's vice president of digital learning. It has only been growing in popularity since.
Vergara v. California: The most important court case you've never heard of
The Daily Beast
This school year, parents learned a tough lesson: The only force on behalf of the public interest is an interested public. And sometimes the students show us the way. Nine public school children have been courageously taking on the government in California, where their right to a sound education is rooted in the Constitution. A judge's decision is expected soon, and their lawsuit is being watched closely in education circles. Their fight stems from a basic belief that access to highly qualified teachers should be fair and widespread, that classroom safety is paramount, and that equity remains essential.
How the US is driving crash prevention technology
Car Safety Rules
Crash prevention technology, particularly autonomous emergency braking (AEB), has the potential to reduce the number of crashes, deaths and injuries by around 27 percent. The logic is simple: prevent more crashes, save more lives. But for it to deliver on its promise it really needs to become standard fit on all new vehicles. How long before that happens?
The little yellow bus goes green
Rockland County Times
That little yellow school bus may soon have a "green" emblem emblazoned on its front bumper. The Green Council, founded by the Rockland Business Association eight years ago and actively chaired by LEED-certified architect Michael Shilale of New City, New York, recently visited Warwick's farmland to inspect the latest technology in public transportation: The electric school bus. John Phraner, president of Trans Tech, Inc., told members of Green Council and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) that mini-buses are becoming more and more popular among school districts and municipalities and the demand has increased with each year since he's come on board with the company.
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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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