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NAPT and Zonar announce $50,000 grant winners
The National Association for Pupil Transportation and technology innovator Zonar today announced the 2013 winners of grants for $50,000 in the latest school bus security/safety/efficiency equipment. Grants were awarded to the school districts that submitted the best proposals for utilizing Zonar's widely acclaimed Electronic Fleet Management Solutions, including their Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting (EVIR®) system.
Congratulations to our 2013 LED Graduates
NAPT Past-President Alexandra H. Robinson, M. Ed., CDPT, is pleased to announce the following individuals who participated in and completed the NAPT Leading Every Day (LED) Initiative at this years' NAPT Summit held in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Mohamad El Samad
Heather Handschin, CSPT-SNT
Joseph LaMarca, CDPT
Frank Marasco, CDPT
Joe Van Aken
The LED Initiative is a unique opportunity for NAPT members to further their professional expertise. Founded in 2006, the program's mission is to develop world-class professionals who are viewed as role models for our industry. Attracting current and future leaders and bringing them together in a cohort group to develop solutions that can be applied to real world scenarios is the goal.
This year, Major General John Barry was the featured guest speaker. Barry served in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years as a combat veteran, fighter pilot/USAF "Top Gun" graduate and military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. He retired as a "2 star" Major General and served his last tour on active duty as Board Member and Executive Director of the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation. His LED presentation focused on leadership lessons derived from his work on the Space Shuttle project and how this valuable information from complex organizations outside of education can be readily applied to the K-12 arena.
Additional instructors for the LED program at this year's Summit were Alexandra H. Robinson, New York City Department of Education, NY; Pete Meslin, Director of Transportation at Newport-Mesa USD, CA; and Launi Schmutz-Harden, CDPT, School Transportation Administrator, St. George, UT.
For more information about the LED program, please email Alexandra H. Robinson at AlexRobinson6@msn.com.
NAPT Committee and Project Leadership announcement
National Association for Pupil Transportation President Don Carnahan has announced the following Committee and Project Chairs for the 2013-2014 school year.
Awards – Theresa Anderson
Larson Award – Steven Kalmes, CDPT
History, Archives and Hall of Fame – Don Carnahan
Professional Growth – Barry Sudduth
Subcommittee on Training & Professional Certification – Steven Kalmes, CDPT
Subcommittee on Global Outreach – Alexandra Robinson, CDPT
Public Policy - Peter Mannella
Subcommittee on Fleet Specifications – Marshall Casey (Brian Weisinger, Mike Kenney, Rick Lecker, Robert Peterson, Dwight Gleaves)
Resolutions – Peter Mannella
School Bus Safety Poster Contest – Steven Kalmes, CDPT
Special Needs – Kenny Mulder; Co-chair: Sue Shutrump
America's Best Skills Competition – Steven Kalmes, CDPT, Chair; Co-chairs: David Anderson, Marshall Casey
Data Driven Decisions (3D)/KPI Project – Steve Simmons, Chair (Michael Shields, Peter Lawrence, Tim Calabrese); Larson Award Liaison: Steven Kalmes, CDPT
"Live Wire" Evacuation Protocols/Training – Keith Henry, CDPT; Co-chair: Sam Bailey
School Bus Security – Steven Kalmes, CDPT, Chair; (Charlie Hood (NASDPTS); Denny Coughlin; Kathy Furneaux; Gail Hyser (NSTA))
Please consider contributing your talents to one or more of these committees and/or projects. For more information on how you can participate, please contact NAPT Headquarters at 800-989-6278, or send email to the appropriate committee/project chair by utilizing the hyperlink.
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For homeless students, school bus ride offers sense of stability
Federal law requires school districts to educate homeless students. The late Speaker of the House Tom Foley sponsored the legislation that requires all districts to have a homeless liaison. Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, school districts must also offer transportation to a child's school of origin. The law provides some stability to young lives fluttering on the edge. And in Washington state, the number of those students is growing, from 18,670 in the 2007-2008 school year to 27,390 last year.
When friends become bullies
It's a recurring theme in movies and pop culture, perhaps best epitomized in the 2004 film "Mean Girls." Bullying among friends, also known as relational bullying, stems from a natural tendency to develop an identity based on your friends. Young people often join groups defined by who's included or excluded, experts say, but it crosses the line when it becomes a sustained campaign to hurt someone who's not currently "in." And while bullying awareness has risen in the last few years, bullying among friends remains hard to detect.
Wisconsin school bus drivers reflect on the rewards of the job
Fond du Lac Reporter
Anyone whose child rides a bus to school should appreciate these precious years. They won't last long. The bus arrives in all weather — stopping at driveways to pick up children and transporting them to school on time. Parents — some already at work and other still in pajamas and slippers — expect that their children are safe and comfortable as someone else drives them to school in the big yellow bus. Ali Scharpf of Fond du Lac is one of these road warriors behind the wheel of a school bus. She says she "loves kids" and has driven a bus since 1996.
For teachers, wired classrooms pose new management concerns
In a growing number of K-12 schools, the use of 1-to-1 computing devices—including iPads, laptops and Chromebooks — is becoming a central part of instruction. For teachers making the digital leap, one of the greatest hurdles can be figuring out how to manage the tech-infused classroom. How do you keep children, who suddenly have the Internet at their fingertips, on task? How do you ensure the devices are safe and well-maintained? And how do you compete with your most tech-savvy students?
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CrossingGuard monitors and enforces traffic around a stopped school bus, helping school districts to safeguard children traveling to and from school.
Unlike other systems CrossingGuard requires no driver intervention allowing bus drivers to focus their attention on what’s most important.
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School districts using mobile apps to reach on-the-go parents
The Washington Post
Schools' lines of communication have multiplied over the years, from backpack fliers and home visits to robo-calls and websites, group emails and text messages. Then they added Facebook and Twitter accounts. Now, mobile apps are being designed to streamline some of the chatter and put it at arm's reach for a generation of parents accustomed to having smartphones at the ready.
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After school activities may curb bullying
Participation in extracurricular activities, sports or otherwise, may be protective against bullying behaviors in children, a researcher reported. Compared with children and teens who didn't participate in any extracurricular activity, students who engaged in a nonsport extracurricular activity and played sports were significantly less likely to engage in bullying.
Worried parents take action, volunteer as crossing guards
Elko Daily Free Press
After a child was nearly hit by a speeding driver, a group of Osino, Nev., parents said enough was enough. While other school bus routes in the district pick up small groups of children at multiple stops, Osino only has one bus stop, at which more than 70 students pile on the bus. The cluster of cars, parents and children make for a chaotic morning. The recent near-miss wasn't an isolated case, said concerned mother Kathy Bravo, so she helped organize a group of parents to make a positive change.
Extreme distracted driving
While most of us wouldn't even consider watching a movie, cooking a meal or breaking out our laptop behind the wheel, some people do and more frequently than you would think. Call them extreme distracted drivers. Clearly, distraction comes in many forms, and only some of them such as texting are specifically addressed by law. Do states need to write a law for every extreme-distraction contingency?
Bus driver saves suicidal woman students applaud
The Buffalo News via Firehouse
Bus driver Darnell Barton had just picked up 20 McKinley High School students eager to get home on a recent Friday afternoon and start their weekend. They would have to wait a little longer than usual while Barton saved a woman's life and taught an unexpected lesson in human compassion.
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.
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