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US Department of Education releases finalized national education technology plan
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Recently, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released the department's plan for transforming American education through technology, a process that would create an engaging cradle-to-college school system nationwide. The National Education Technology Plan was written and refined over 18 months by leading education researchers, with input from the public, industry officials and thousands of educators and students from across the country. The plan, which presents a model with key goals in five areas — learning, assessment, teaching, infrastructure and productivity — addresses technology trends that could transform education, such as mobility and accessibility, the rise of digital content, and the rise of online social networks for information, collaboration and learning. Importantly, it stresses that technology in the classroom only works when paired with effective teaching. More

Coping with cliques
Mom's Homeroom via MSN News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In fourth grade, groups rule. They drive the culture at school, dictating the styles kids wear, language (the words they use), the shows they watch, and the magazines they read. Cliques start forming in fourth and fifth grade, with their power peaking in middle school. Individuality is not rewarded or encouraged in upper elementary school (that won't happen until high school), and being part of a group — the idea of safety in numbers — provides a degree of security. More



Lobbyists see start of auto-friendly GOP era
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The new Republican majority in the House will investigate, slow and try to block Obama administration initiatives that it considers detrimental to the auto industry, lobbyists predicted. Recent elections likely have changed the prospects for a variety of auto industry issues, including safety legislation, the new consumer finance agency's regulations, fuel economy proposals and the EPA's new ethanol standard, the lobbyists said. More

Ohio man builds school bus waiting area in drive
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Anyone is liable to get a little nervous watching cars whiz past elementary-school children waiting for the bus. Canal Winchester, Ohio resident Wendell Collier decided to do something about it. Because a bus stop is in front of his house on W. Waterloo Street, Collier has a prime view of drivers ignoring the bus' stop sign as children cross the street and climb aboard. The speed limit is 25 mph, but it's a major through street where speeds regularly top 40 mph. So Collier decided to build a safe waiting area for children at the end of his driveway. More

Cook-Illinois Corporation Among Greenest in Country
Cook-Illinois Corporation was the first in Illinois to switch to biodiesel fuel, create a clean air museum for kids and purchase a hybrid school bus. Check us out at: www.cookillinois.com. MORE


Highway speed limits: The rise of driving accidents in America
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It's been a long-running debate between drivers in a race to Disneyland, the Grand Canyon, and other top tourist attractions and researchers who say that driving too fast leads to more accidents and deaths. The researchers say that higher speed limits have led to a greater number of driving accidents, both minor and serious. Drivers in a hurry argue that increased speed limits help them get where they need to go with less hassle. They also say that when everyone's is traveling faster, there's no reason for more accidents. Turns out, the researchers — not much of a surprise — might be right. A new study shows that fatal traffic accidents have increased since states have put into place higher speed limits. More

10 ways to keep your kids safe in the car
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of children ages two to 14. While that is a sobering statistic, the good news is that there are simple ways to increase the odds for your children's safety in a radical way. Children aged four to eight who use booster seats and safety belts correctly are 59 percent less likely to be injured in a motor vehicle crash than children who are restrained only by a safety belt. Sadly, more than 80 percent of child restraints are used incorrectly, according to NHTSA. More

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Distracted driving: Are backseat kids worse than texting?
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Experts at the United States Department of Transportation say there are three types of driver distractions — visual distractions lead drivers to take their eyes off the road, manual distractions lead drivers to take their hands off the wheel, and cognitive distractions lead drivers to take their minds off what they're doing. According to these experts, texting is the most alarming driver activity because it involves all three types of distractions. Have these experts ever driven in a car with an infant? More

In efforts to end bullying, some see agenda
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Alarmed by evidence that gay and lesbian students are common victims of schoolyard bullies, many school districts are bolstering their anti-harassment rules with early lessons in tolerance, explaining that some children have "two moms" or will grow up to love members of the same sex. But such efforts to teach acceptance of homosexuality, which have gained urgency after several well-publicized suicides by gay teenagers, are provoking new culture wars in some communities. More



Debt panel heads endorse fuel tax increase
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The chairmen of President Obama's fiscal commission have proposed a 15-cent fuel tax increase to pay for highway and rail maintenance and repairs in order to ensure that general Treasury funds don't have to be raided for those costs in the future. The idea is strikingly similar to one floated last week by Sens. Tom Carper and George Voinovich. The two senators sent a letter to the debt commission proposing a 25-cent-per-gallon increase in the fuel tax, to be gradually rolled out over the next three years. Under the Carper-Voinovich plan, 15 cents would go to the Highway Trust Fund and the other 10 cents would be devoted to shoring up the budget. More

Obama could push education reform in effort to work with a divided Congress
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President Obama is seeking common ground with Republicans in the next Congress, one major domestic issue seems ripe for deal-making — education. Obama aides say the administration plans early next year to accelerate its push for a rewrite of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law. That effort will face plenty of obstacles from both sides of the aisle in a divided Congress. More

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For traffic, real-time information is too late
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Almost all of the information we gather about traffic congestion these days involves real-time data. Traffic cameras record how many cars are snarled on a troublesome bridge approach; road sensors count the cars stalled on a freeway bottleneck. Traffic reporters roam the skies in helicopters to alert listeners to the latest accidents and backups. In the not-too-distant future, we may be able to tap into other sources of real-time traffic data that's already be gathered by RFID tags, GPS devices, road sensors and smartphones, to paint a very detailed picture of what's happening across a complex transportation system at any given moment in time. More

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Jobless claims fall sharply to 4-month low
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Fewer people applied for unemployment aid last week, the third drop in four weeks and evidence that the job market is showing signs of life. If the decline continues, it could signal more hiring in the near future. The report comes after the Labor Department said last week that private employers added the most jobs in six months in October. More

Graphic PSA shows the dangers of distracted driving
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Distracted driving is to blame for thousands of deaths nationwide. Despite new laws, public service campaigns, and even personal appeals from celebrities like Oprah, some drivers continue to take their attention off the road. More
MESSAGE FROM NAPT
2010 Summit Update
It's hard to believe the Summit has passed and we're staring down the barrel of old man winter once again. The cold white stuff has already fallen in Albany, N.Y., reminding us it's time to brush the cobwebs off the snow blowers and snow shovels. It is with warm greetings, however, that the Board of Directors and staff at NAPT wish to say thank you to all who attended the 2010 NAPT Summit & Trade show this year in Portland, Ore. As you know we don't produce the Summit alone. There are many people, groups of people, in fact, working together to bring about an event of this magnitude. It is with great appreciation, therefore, that we wish to acknowledge the following and without whose help, we couldn't have delivered this year's Summit:

Thank you to our Sponsors:
Blue Bird          Bus Parts Warehouse
Delco Remy      Donaldson
Donaldson
Everyday Solutions      Hydrotex
IC          Rosco Mirrors
SBF         STN
Sure Lok           Synovia
Thomas Built Buses      Triad Fabco
Trans Tech           Unity Bus Parts
Zonar Systems

Thank you to our Keynote Speakers:
Martin Daum
Hall Davidson
Mack Dryden
Kevin Jennings, Ass't. Secretary of Education, Director of the US Dept of Education of Safe and Drug Free Schools
Matt Roloff
Dr. Daniel Turner
Special Thanks to our Anti-Bullying Panel Moderator, Barry McCahill and our panelists: Kevin Jennings, Dr. Louise Bronaugh, Allen Oelschlaeger, James Jones, Chatari McFadden-Jones, Chancellor Coger, and RJ Mitte.

We'd like to extend a warm thank you also to members from Oregon who helped not only on the ground at conference time stuffing registration bags, handing out jackets, etc.; but also helped develop a program that would be well-received and Northwest-minded. Their input was invaluable: Mike Shields, Chris Ellison, Robin Biden, Teresa Derochowski, Mary Conger, Keith Wright, Carl Salstrom, Patricia Carner, Michele Drorbaugh, Nancy Koski, Yvonne Carpenter and Sue Hill-Smith.

Thank you to more than 30 speakers who contributed presentations to the Summit this year. We have set aside a webpage for you to view/download many of the presentations. Please visit click here to access.

If you have questions or need assistance with presentations, please contact Josh at Josh.Bresett@napt.org.

Vendors, if you'd like an electronic copy of the attendee list, please contact Brianne at Brianne.Peck@napt.org.

If you have questions about reimbursements, or would like to provide valuable feedback on your conference experience, please contact Lynn at Lynn.Martin@napt.org.

2010 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest Winners!

Division I
First: Nia Isabella Garza, Brownsville, Texas
Second: Jennifer Sieredzki, Clayton, N.C.
Third: Elizabeth Beckstrom, Coon Rapids, Minn.

Division II
First: Angela Wang, Canton, Mich.
Second: Sukhmani Kaur, Akron, Ohio
Third: Emma Spencer, Sherwood, Ore.

Division III
First & OVERALL WINNER: German Salazar, Oviedo, Fla.
Second: Kate Roth, Coon Rapids, Minn.
Third: Nicholas Moulder, Warner Robins, Ga.

Division IV
First: Celah Diane Malone, Portland, Ore.
Second: Zoey Make Vinge, Spring Lake Park, Minn.
Third: Patricia Kontemichalas, West Hempstead, N.Y.

CAD Division
First: Emily Davis, Baker City, Ore.
Second: Samantha Pezzello, Goshen, N.Y.
Third: Lia Peppers, Colorado Springs, Colo.

International Division
First: Shannon Anderton, APO AP
Second: Chanapa Mann, APO AP

Congratulations to all winners!

To see the inspired artwork of these students, please click here. To view the many photos taken in Portland, be sure to go to our website (www.napt.org) and click on the photo link at the top right of the home page, or: click here.

2010 Election Results
David Anderson was selected by member vote to continue as Region 5 Director for another three-year term. Congratulations, Dave!

Peter Mannella, Region 1 Director, and Keith Henry, Director At Large, were both uncontested in the election. Congratulations Peter and Keith!

Most important of all, we'd all like to say THANK YOU to our Delegates who in some cases had their own challenges just getting their districts to allow them to attend! It was great to see you and we hope you enjoyed the entire event! Please take a moment to tell us about your experiences — and save the date for next year!

Oct. 22-27, 2011 Cincinnati, Ohio
 


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