NAPT, US Department of Education anti-bullying training modules now available
In June, we announced the availability of bully prevention/intervention training — created jointly by NAPT, the Education Department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center. We are pleased to announce the second module is available. Both training modules are free of charge to school districts across the country.
The first module, titled "See Something. Do Something: Intervening in Bullying Behavior," will teach drivers what does and does not constitute bullying, how to respond to the behavior on or around the bus, and specific strategies for addressing and reporting bullying as it occurs.
The second module, "Creating a Supportive Bus Climate: Preventing Bullying," focuses on building mutual respect on the school bus. The training will encourage drivers to consider what a supportive bus climate looks like and how it prevents bullying; and learn and commit to perform simple, concrete strategies to build positive relationships on the school bus.
Both modules include a step-by-step trainer's guide, a PowerPoint presentation, handouts for driver activities, palm cards for drivers and posters that can be displayed in the transportation department or throughout the school system to reinforce the messages.
To download your free copy of the bullying prevention/intervention training modules that are available, visit our website at www.napt.org.
"We have no tolerance for bullying and stopping it is one of our national public policy priorities," said NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin. "We are very pleased the United States Education Department agrees with us and was willing to work with us on this project." More
New online PDS courses now available:
302 - Budget Development
An introduction to school district transportation budgeting, including understanding the budget cycle, short and long-range planning and enrollment projections for budgeting purposes.
More courses are on the way!
Already available in our ONLINE Shopping Cart:
PDS 101 Student Transportation Orientation
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 303 Procurement and Budget Management
PDS 402 Managing Human Resources
PDS 403 Labor Contract Negotiations and Management
PDS 405 Student Needs & Management
PDS 501 Overseeing a Fleet Maintenance Program
PDS 502 Advanced Shop Maintenance
PDS 503 School Bus Specifications
PDS 601 School Bus Routing & Scheduling I
PDS 602 School Bus Routing & Scheduling II
PDS 605 School Transportation Contract Management
PDS 606 Risk Management and Emergency Planning
PDS 702 Personal Skills for Managers
PDS 703 Personal Skills – Time Management
PDS 901 School Transportation Security Assessment
PDS 902 Crisis Communication
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.
The familiar yellow bus, a safe ticket to opportunity
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Tucson Police Department uses traffic-camera videos on YouTube to promote safety
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2 alternatives to the gas tax
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Teens aim to keep traffic fatalities low
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Volkswagen, Audi distracted driving awareness initiative helps move America down the road to safety
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FCC ruling favors transportation-related use of 700 MHz broadband spectrum
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The Federal Communications Commission recently issued a declaratory ruling upholding the right of various transportation agencies and professionals to be among those allowed to use the 700 MHz broadband spectrum for public-safety purposes. Charlotte, North Carolina, had requested the ruling earlier this year to clarify which government entities beyond just first responders and within the "critical infrastructure" category that includes transportation would fall under the definition of "public safety services" in Section 337 of the Communications Act. More
Obama to set US fuel standard goal at 54.5 mpg by 2025
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President Barack Obama soon will announce a program to improve fuel efficiency for cars and light-duty trucks for model years 2017-2025, the White House said. The target will be 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, Democratic Congressman Edward Markey said. That would be a significant step up from current standards that require automakers to achieve 35.5 mpg by 2016. More
Why the future of transportation is all about real-time data
In order to tackle urban transportation challenges in cities around the world, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the National Research Foundation of Singapore launched a five-year cooperative project in 2009 — Future Urban Mobility — to look at new models and technology tools aimed at sustainability. More
If the debt ceiling isn't raised, what will happen to US infrastructure?
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The Bipartisan Policy Center has released a report on what will happen to various federal programs if the United States fails to raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2. After that date, according to the report, U.S. spending will be limited to its intake of roughly $172 billion for the rest of August. That means funding to certain programs will abruptly cease. The question, of course, is which programs. More
Off-campus cyberbullying, First Amendment
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently upheld a school's discipline of a student for engaging in off-campus cyberbullying of another student. More
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 non-member 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 e-mail NAPT Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin firstname.lastname@example.org today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.