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|NAPT November webinar tomorrow!
Conduct Productive Meetings, Hold Staff Accountable
Addressing issues with staff is sometimes challenging, often because we've never really had training on how to hold them. NAPT's November webinar, Productive Conversations, will provide strategies for holding productive conversations with your team. Online registration is open!
Presenter Karen Main will lead an interactive webinar outlining tips and practices for conducting conversations that hold employees accountable and address performance issues all while maintaining a productive and respectful relationship. Register today!
Date: TOMORROW, Wednesday, November 7 @ 1pm ET
Title: Productive Conversations
Presenter: Karen Main, Innovations in Training
Fee: FREE for NAPT members!
We're regularly adding new programs, so visit our website often: www.napt.org/webinars.
Member Benefit Bonus! All NAPT webinars are recorded and available in the Members' Only Section of our website.
|Congratulations 2018 NAPT Certification recipients!
Throughout 2018 several members achieved their professional certification through NAPT. Congratulations to the following:
Certified Pupil Transportation Specialist
Certified Supervisors of Pupil Transportation
- Jeffrey Atkinson, North Carolina
Certificate of Special Needs Transportation
- Mark Maggitti, Maryland
- Derek Henderson, Tennessee
- Todd Livesay, Indiana
Several members also registered to take a certification exam while in Kansas City, MO for NAPT's 44th Annual Conference earlier this month. Congratulations to those who passed their respective exams!
- Matthew Johnson, Illinois
- Dawn Simosky, Illinois
- Sharon Moore, Virginia
- Barry Sudduth, Virginia
- Pualani Foster, Hawaii
- Robert Joseph, Hawaii
- Paula Telles, Hawaii
- Hayley Yano, Hawaii
- Sean Clore, Virginia
- Peggy Stone, West Virginia
- Wesley Stone, West Virginia
Certified Pupil Transportation Specialist
Certified Directors of Pupil Transportation
If you are looking to complete a certification exam, contact NAPT's Education Specialist Janna Smeltzer at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
- Alan Justice, North Carolina
- Sherry Kristjanson, British Columbia
- Anthony Mendoza, Illinois
- Amy Rosa, Indiana
- Peggy Stone, West Virginia
- Trey Studstill, Georgia
- Stephanie Walker, Georgia
- Brighton Yam, Singapore
Professional certification demonstrates a commitment to the requirements of your job, dedication to the industry, and active participation in professional development. Congratulations everyone!
|Congratulations to 2018 America's Best Winners!
The 2018 America's Best Technician and Inspector Training and Skills Challenge held in Kansas City, MO represented our 15th annual event and was an integrated part of the NAPT Conference.
After a welcoming reception on Friday evening; all participants started Saturday with a full day of training relevant to their specific area of participation (technician or inspector). Later in the week they were allowed to select from various training modules relating to school bus maintenance, school bus safety, or school bus accidents. The final day gave them the opportunity to visit with vendors and manufacturers as they experienced the industry's largest trade show. In between all of the training activities, participants demonstrated their technical skills and knowledge as they rotated through written exams administered by ASE and various hands-on stations.
- 1st Place: Kyle Shanahan, Colorado
- 2nd Place: Aaron Brooks, West Virginia
- 3rd Place: Jerrod Jacobs, Texas
Each year the America's Best program continues to expand into new regions of the US and Canada. Always looking for opportunities to enhance the safety of school buses with the motto of "making school buses safer-one bus at a time."
- 1st Place: Zach Davis, Colorado
- 2nd Place: Travis Fackrell, Utah
- 3rd Place: Carl Landis, Arkansas
Many thanks to the America's Best Committee for organizing another great event; to the transportation of team at Lee's Summit R7 Schools (MO), and of course, congratulations to our 2018 winners!
|An Exclusive Chat with Peter Mannella — Part 5
On September 30th, Peter Mannella retired after serving 23 years as Executive Director of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT). He has been a long-time member of NAPT and served as our Region 1 Director for nine years. Peter has also been actively involved on NAPT's Public Policy Committee since 2003. Suffice it to say, his insights and perspective have helped shape and fuel the growth of NAPT for a long time.
Peter has graciously agreed to reflect on his work over the last 2+ decades and share with us his thoughts about the past, present and future of the industry. Today, we bring you Part 2 of this exclusive conversation:
Q: What do you think about the future of the industry in general?
Peter: Kids have to get to school every day. So the industry has a hold on that huge market. As noted above, it's incumbent on us as professionals to explore and innovate and improve all the time. If we do so, parents and the public will see us as relevant and as a positive force for their children.
So I think the future will involve much change in direction and in how the work is done. With parent support and school district commitment to safe transportation, the future could be bright. But the professionals in the industry need to strengthen their ability to carry their message.
We assume very often that the public knows what we know and believes what we believe. The reality is that most of the public has only a fleeting notion of what we know and do and believe. There is a major opportunity there to improve that awareness and, in doing so, ensuring a solid future.
We'll share more of Peter's commentary in upcoming issues of the NAPT Dispatch. Stay tuned!
|2018 DERA School Bus Rebate Program is now open
Acting EPA Administrator Wheeler announced the opening of the program at EPA headquarters last week. Eligibility information, a timeline, and application materials can be found online: www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates. Some notable changes from last year's rebate program include:
- Approximately $9 million will be available for rebates. This is the largest amount EPA has offered to date in the rebate program.
- The rebate program will only fund bus replacements (we are not including retrofits this year)
- The selection process will still use a lottery, but the single highest ranked applicant in the lottery for each state and territory will automatically be selected for funding. After that, additional applicants will be selected from the top of the list produced by the lottery process. For example, if we receive 3 eligible applications from Nevada, the highest of those three applicants on the lottery list will be selected. The other two may be selected depending on their placement in the lottery list and the amount of funds available.
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More than four years ago, Mike Petrilli wrote for EdNext about a future in which kids ride around in self-driving cars and buses. Two stories in the news this week show how far we have come since then. The BBC reports that a French company has been testing out a self-driving school bus in Florida this fall. However, the test was shut down this week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which said that when it allowed the firm to bring the driverless shuttle to the U.S. on a temporary basis for testing and demonstration purposes, it did not mean that the company could go ahead and start using it as a school bus.
A state legislative commission has released recommendations for how to handle a shortage of school bus drivers being experienced by school districts across the state. One year ago, Northwood students had delayed start times and disrupted schedules because of a lack of school bus drivers. One year later, things are better, but not perfect.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told her staff in an email Monday that the Education Department is moving forward with "several proposals" to restructure the agency that don't "require changes to existing laws." — The plans, some details of which haven’t been previously reported, include elevating the Office of Non-Public Education to report directly to DeVos in the Office of the Secretary to help meet the agency's goal of improving "parent choice," according to documents obtained by POLITICO from the American Federation of Government Employees, which has clashed repeatedly with the Trump administration.
Parents often worry about their kids riding the school bus. But waiting for the bus or getting off after school can pose a far greater danger. The risk was highlighted this week, as at least five children lost their lives when they were hit by drivers near school bus stops, authorities said. At least seven other children were hurt in bus stop incidents. Overall, wrecks involving school transportation, including buses, make up a tiny fraction of deadly vehicle incidents — less than 1 percent of nearly 325,000 fatal crashes in the US from 2006 to 2015, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data show. But more than one-third of school-age children who died in those school-transportation-related wrecks — 102 children — were on foot when they were killed, including some hit by school buses, the data show. Most of the others were riding in vehicles that were not school buses.
Harvard Business Review
Some people love to play the victim. Nothing is ever their fault and everyone around them is out to get them. Having a coworker like this can take a toll on you. So what's the best way to protect yourself? How can you help your colleague change their mindset? And how do you handle the emotional toll of working with this person?
Nobody likes being criticized, but learning to accept criticism is a critical skill for success. If received appropriately, criticism can help you grow and develop your skills and abilities. Fear of the sting of negative feedback can hold you back from reaching your potential. But while some people seem to let criticism roll off their back, others have thinner skin and seem to crumble at negative feedback. Here's how to develop thicker skin so you can learn to use criticism to your advantage.
The old saying, while shown in new light in the modern workplace, still holds some truth: Employees really might quit a bad boss. HR can make sure managers know what's important through training that counters poor boss behaviors, such as micromanaging, showing favoritism, giving infrequent feedback, offering excessive criticism, stealing employees' ideas, over-working subordinates and being overtly disrespectful.
We all know that most employees hate getting performance reviews and most leaders hate giving them. And there's good reason to dislike them. First, even with most managers conducting annual performance reviews, most employees still don't feel like their manager really takes an active role in helping them grow and develop. In fact, in the study "This Chart Shows Why Your Company Probably Needs Better Leadership Training," we discovered that about 50 percent of employees say their leader rarely or never takes an active role in helping them to grow and develop.
Robbie Abed, a contributor for Inc., writes: "I've seen it plenty of times throughout my career. An executive makes a decision that employees don't like, or think isn't fair. It starts with employees banding together through behind-the-door talks and conversations at the water cooler, and eventually turns into a full-on employee revolt. Two hundred Google employees are organizing a women's walk scheduled for Thursday to protest the company's handling of sexual harassment incidents, according to BuzzFeed News. How the company responds next is crucial."
Approximately two-thirds of Americans report that they do not have work-life balance. And they will blame everyone and everything under the sun for it, including bad bosses, incompetent co-workers, inflexible schedules and technology leaving them checking their work email at all hours. It's easy to blame others to explain why your work-life balance is out of whack. However, that doesn't help you solve the problem. In fact, it puts you in a really disadvantageous position because it puts your experience the whim of others rather than something you're fully in control of.
Democrats are poised to make gains in the midterm elections, potentially even taking back the U.S. House of Representatives and some governorships. If that happens, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who donated millions mostly to Republican candidates and causes before joining President Donald Trump's cabinet, may have some relationship building to do: The overwhelming majority of DeVos' scheduled conversations in her first year and a half in office have been with GOP policymakers.
We've heard great advice about how to hire the right employees, and have been reminded many times that preventing great employees from leaving is the best recruitment strategy. But keeping great staff isn't just about doing a set of tasks; it's about having the proper mindset. In today's competitive job market, you consistently have to be engaged with your staff, let them know you care, and demonstrate it in all your actions.
Harvard Business Review
Alyssa Mastromonaco is no stranger to tough conversations: she served as White House deputy chief of staff for operations under President Obama, was an executive at Vice and A&E, and is Senior Advisor and spokesperson at NARAL Pro-Choice America. So when Mastromonaco switched to a new antidepressant, she decided to tell her boss. "I told the CEO that I was on Zoloft and was transitioning to Wellbutrin," Mastromonaco said. "I can react strongly to meds, so I was worried switching would shift my mood and wanted her to know why. I talked about it like it was the most normal thing in the world — it is!" Her boss was supportive. "You got it," she said.
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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