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|Attention Arizona, Colorado, Virginia, Missouri & New York PDS Course Attendees
If you recently took one of the NAPT PDS courses offered at one of these state conferences, and you would like to receive an NAPT course completion certificate and credit in our Professional Development Series, please contact Janna Smeltzer in NAPT headquarters at 800.989.6278 or Janna.Smeltzer@napt.org. Remember, the fee is $20 per course for NAPT members, or $50 per course for non-members.
|Hire, keep, terminate — NAPT July webinar will tackle this and more
Putting together a strong team is critical to the success of all organizations. NAPT's July member webinar will provide participants with critical legal and practical information and best practices related to hiring, keeping and terminating employees. Register today and join us next Wednesday!
Discussions will address many common issues and questions including:
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- Employment at will
- Advertising and announcing positions
- Interviewing as well as questions to ask and questions to avoid
- Hiring decisions; what are they based on and what should they be based on
- Pre-employment considerations
- Performance management & appraisals
- Progressive discipline
- Improvement strategies
- Departure/termination considerations and methods
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 27 @ 1pm ET
Title: Hiring, Keeping or Terminating Employees: Rules to Know and Follow
Presenter: Douglas Gerhardt, Partner, Harris Beach PLLC (NY)
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members
Don't forget about the webinar archives! Visit the Members' Only section of the website to catch up on previous sessions.
- Thursday, August 18 @ 1pm ET: Back to School with the Yellow Bus — Registration Coming Soon
Speaker: Mike Martin, Executive Director, NAPT
- Wednesday, September 28 @ 1pm ET: School Bus Draggings: A Preventable Occurrence — Register today!
Speaker: Peter Lawrence, Ed.D., CDPT, Director of Transportation, Fairport CSD (NY)
|#ICYMI NAPT Summit news: FREE PDS courses to be offered in KCMO
Looking to take your profession to the next level? Working towards your professional certification through NAPT's Professional Development Series (PDS)? If yes, then be sure to register for one of the 16 PDS courses offered at our 42nd Annual Summit: Connecting What Matters. They're popular, free for NAPT members, and fill up fast!
Take a look at the courses offered this year:
- Friday, November 4: 8am-5pm
- PDS 609 — Accident Investigation *
- PDS 802 — NHTSA Child Safety Restraint Training (additional fee required)
- Friday, November 4: 8am-12pm
- PDS 501 — Overseeing a Fleet Maintenance Program
- PDS 608 — Developing a Safety Program
- Friday, November 4: 1-5pm
- PDS 301 — Basic School Transportation Accounting
- PDS 405 — Student Needs & Management
- Sunday, November 6: 8am-12pm
- PDS 505 — School Facility Planning *
- PDS 604 — Transportation Program Planning & Evaluation (Option 1) *
- PDS 803 — Specialized Transportation Skills Assessment *
- Sunday, November 6: 1-5pm
- PDS 604 — Transportation Program Planning & Evaluation (Option 2) *
- PDS 801 — Special Needs Student Transportation Orientation
- Monday, November 7: 8am-12pm
- PDS 304 — Data Driven Decision-Making (Option 1)
- Monday, November 7: 1-5pm
- PDS 304 — Data Driven Decision-Making (Option 2)
- PDS 402 — Managing Human Resources: Employee Relations
- PDS 805 — Managing Behaviors of Students with Special Needs: Transportation Challenges
* PDS courses only available at the NAPT Summit.
- Tuesday, November 8
- PDS 804 – Product & Equipment Report
For descriptions of these courses, visit our website. To register for these Professional Development Series (PDS) courses please be sure to complete the updated registration form. Course materials and completion certificates are included with your registration.
Are you looking to take your certification exam at this year's Summit? Prior to taking the exam, an application and payment will need to be submitted and subsequently approved, and all applicable coursework will need to be completed. Exams are scheduled for Sunday, November 6th from 1-4pm. To answer any questions, or schedule your exam please contact Janna Smeltzer or 800.989.6278.
Wondering what else to expect? Take a look at the updated program schedule.
Register early and save $100! Our full conference rate is only $325 before August 1, 2016. Take advantage of this great discount and reserve your space today.
Plan your travel. Visit the website for hotel and travel options to and around Kansas City, MO.
Remember, if you want your voice heard in this year's Presidential election, be sure to get your Absentee Ballot in advance. Click here for specific details in your state.
|Deadline approaching for 'Brandon Billingsley Memorial Continuing Education' Scholarship
Get your Brandon Billingsley Memorial Continuing Ed Scholarship application in today! The recipient of this scholarship will be awarded the following:
The deadline is Monday, August 1 and the application can be found on the NAPT website.
- Registration fee to attend the NAPT Summit held in the same year as applied for
- Hotel accommodations for up to five (5) nights (generally Friday through Tuesday) as reserved by NAPT
- $150.00 meal allowance for meals not covered by the conference (must provide receipts at end of conference)
- $500.00 Mileage/Flight reimbursement with receipts
|Registration scholarships available for NAPT Summit
Zonar, Peter & Linda Lawrence offer opportunity for industry professionals
Apply for one of the scholarships offered this year and have your registration fee covered! Take advantage of two different scholarship opportunities, and join your colleagues from around the country at NAPT's 42nd Annual Summit: Connecting What Matters.
Applicants must be NAPT members in good standing. The deadline for both scholarships is Friday, September 9.
- Zonar is once again offering up to 10 scholarships that will pay the registration fee for directors, supervisors or managers of school transportation operations that are current Zonar customers. Click here for more details and to apply.
- Peter Lawrence, Ed.D., CDPT, Director of Transportation for the Fairport (NY) Public Schools, and his wife Linda have created a scholarship that will help four school bus driver trainers attend the NAPT Annual Summit this year. Click here for more details and to apply.
|NAPT accepting nominations for open Board positions
During NAPT's Annual Summit this November, elections will be held for the following:
To see who currently holds these positions and what states each Region covers, click here.
- Director — Region 1
- Director — Region 2 (a special election to serve the final year of President-Elect Barry Sudduth's original 3-year term)
- Director — Region 5
Pursuant to the Article IV, Section 4.21 of the NAPT By-laws: "Any person who wishes to be a candidate for...regional director must be an active individual member as defined in Section 2.11 (1) and have completed two years as a member in good standing before he/she becomes eligible to run for the Board of Directors."
- Anyone interested in running for one of the regional director positions must be nominated by a minimum of two Individual-Active members from their particular Region of the association.
- Regional directors are selected by vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region.
Please submit nominations to NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin at email@example.com.
- Region 1 — Richard Gallagher (Bay Shore UFSD, NY) has been nominated by David Adam and Kathy Furneaux
- Region 1 — Peter Lawrence, Ed.D., CDPT (Fairport CSD, NY) has been nominated by K.H. "Pete" James (Jamestown, NY) and Lisa Gadway (Fairfield, ME)
- Region 5 — Theresa Anderson (Anderson Consulting LLC, CO) has been nominated by Chris Ellison (Eugene, OR) and Alexandra Robinson, CDPT (Chula Vista, CA)
- Region 5 — Richard Fischer (Trans-Consult, CO) has been nominated by Michael Shields (Salem, OR) and Pete Meslin (Costa Mesa, CA)
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Elections will be held in Kansas City, MO on the Trade Show floor from 10am-12pm.
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Pensacola News Journal
If you can't reach a child, how can you teach a child? That's the dilemma that classroom teachers across the country — and in the Pensacola metro area — face when fighting the battle against chronic absenteeism. Newly released data from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights indicates that nationwide more than 3.5 million elementary school students — or 11 percent of all elementary school students — are chronically absent.
he Ann Arbor Public Schools board of education is set to meet Wednesday, July 13, to vote on proposed changes to the district's transportation and wellness policies, as well as summer renovations. Following an executive session meeting that is closed to the public, the regular meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, at Balas Administration Building, 22555 S. State St. Below is a list of items on the agenda. Continue to visit this post Wednesday morning for live updates from the meeting.
If you thought critiques from Congress and the education community were fading over the U.S. Department of Education's proposed accountability regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act, including the timeline for implementing it and its proposals on standards and school ratings, think again. Those three core criticisms dominated discussion at a hearing Thursday examining state and local feedback on ESSA implementation, after Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate education committee and an ESSA architect teed them all up in his opening statement.
St. Cloud Times
Thousands of school bus drivers are still needed for the upcoming school year, according to the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association news release. The release said that almost every school district in Minnesota is facing a school bus driver shortage, with some districts needing more than 100 school bus drivers.
Yawning students and a starting bells ringing before 7:30 a.m. are not uncommon sights and sounds at schools around the country each day. But although these early start times may work well with parental, bus, and after-school schedules, there’s significant evidence that these start times are detrimental to the physical health and academic well-being of students, especially older students. Many communities are considering or enacting later start times for their middle and/or high schools to allow students more sleep each day. Lack of sleep and tiredness at school among teenage students has been tied to difficulty concentrating, worse academic performance, weight gain, mood swings, anxiety, depression, and even driving accidents.
American City Business Journals
The Lower Merion School District officials have already made changes to its security policy to allow cameras on nearly 100 buses, a decision that could cost the suburban municipality roughly $300,000. At a cost of $3,000 a piece, installation on the district's 95 buses would cost $285,000, according to Main Line Media News.
The Associated Press
Schools that provide meals for students during summer months are finding that the adults often need help, as well, to keep from going hungry. In Connecticut, the New Haven school district and a food bank are offering meals and groceries to parents in response to signs of household need including stories of adults eating off children's plates. "The district kept coming up against this issue," city schools spokeswoman Mercy Quaye said. "It doesn't take a huge study to assess the need when you can see it." Coordinators of summer lunch programs around the United States have been reporting similar needs, according to Candice Stoiber, director of special nutrition programs for the regional office of the U.S. Agriculture Department's Food and Nutrition Service.
One of the big selling points of the Every Student Succeeds Act is that it gives schools a chance to move beyond just reading and math and offer students a broader, "well-rounded" education that includes things like the arts, humanities and hands-on career focused experiences. The U.S. Department of Education is hoping states and districts embrace that flexibility.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner tried to hit the reset button on a bruising battle over the state funding formula for elementary and secondary schools, tasking a commission of lawmakers and policy advisers with a Feb. 1 deadline to propose ideas for changing the system. The move comes after Rauner spent the better part of this year resisting calls for an immediate change to the formula while he sought to keep schools afloat financially this fall and leave for another day the politically fraught issue of how state tax dollars are doled out.
Federal education officials are calling out more than half of states for failing to meet their obligations under the nation's special education law. The U.S. Department of Education determined that just 24 states qualified at the "meets requirements" level. The rest of the states were identified as "needs assistance" or "needs intervention" for the 2014-2015 school year. The findings are the result of an annual review mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Campus Safety Magazine
As the nation's schools devise plans for responding effectively to critical incidents on campus, the spotlight is now on how school districts are managing crises, emergencies, disasters, terrorism threats and active shooters. In many cases, these districts are looking to the schools that have "been there" for examples of what to do (or, what not to do) when these and other incidents occur.
Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition,
by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $19.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $29.99, plus shipping.
To order your copy, please email NAPT Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at Brianne.Peck@napt.org today! To learn more about the new Certification in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT) click here.
Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition contains new and updated information, including 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.
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