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|Happy holidays from NAPT!
With the holiday season upon us, there is no better time to say thank you for your dedication to student safety and support of NAPT.
Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very happy new year. Here's to a happy, healthy 2019!
|Passing of NAPT Hall of Fame Member Paul T. Stewart
On Saturday, December 15 Paul T. Stewart passed away at age 100. Mr. Stewart was the first inductee in NAPT's Hall of Fame and served as our president from 1977-78. We were honored to have Mr. Stewart and two of his grandsons, Roger and Rodney, join us in Kansas City, MO this past October for the 44th Annual NAPT Conference & Trade Show. Paul's contributions to student transportation continue to make a positive impact nationwide, and it was a privilege to have him with us just a few weeks ago.
Click here to read Mr. Stewart's obituary.
|A Message from NAPT President Barry R. Sudduth, CDPT, CSNT
The inordinate number of student pedestrian fatalities in the last few months has brought the problem of cars and light trucks illegally passing stopped school buses to national attention.
Whether you call it illegal passing, red-light-running, distracted driving, absent-minded driving, mindless driving or something even more descriptive, it occurs everywhere with stunning frequency.
Media reporting indicates thirteen such fatalities already this school year — one in August; one in September; eight in October; two in November and one thus far in December. There have been other non-fatal but serious injuries too, including two within just the last few weeks.
As an industry, we play an important role in prevention, especially since we all know a well-trained school bus driver is the first and best line of defense. But when tens of thousands of motorists illegally pass stopped school buses every day while they're loading or unloading children the situation becomes very difficult to manage from an operations perspective. It is therefore incumbent upon us to seek help.
We know from experience that community awareness combined with stepped up law enforcement will make a difference. That’s why last week, I sent letters to federal safety officials, and to my counterparts at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and National Sheriff’s Association requesting their help and offering to partner with them and collaborate with them to stem the tide and save lives.
In addition to offering thoughts and prayers after a tragedy, we also need tangible action beforehand to prevent these tragedies in the first place. I am asking you to join NAPT in committing to end the incidence of this unsafe behavior now, before there are any more fatalities.
What can you do specifically? Write your own letter (if you need help getting started, contact NAPT at email@example.com and we'll send you a sample) to local political and law enforcement officials and ask for a meeting to devise a local course of action. Then commit to being a leader in whatever plan you devise.
In addition, remind your drivers of the essential, important role they play in these situations. Ask them for their help. Remind them that children everywhere, particularly in your local community, are counting on them. And give them the support they need, especially training, training and more training.
In my view, this is a problem demanding solutions tailored to local circumstances. This is an opportunity for all of us to become even greater, more vocal advocates for student safety than we are already.
Together I know we can make a difference.
|2019 Leading Every Day (LED) Initiative webinar information released
Relational Leadership in the 21st Century
Whether you're brand-new to leadership or a seasoned veteran, you'll find something inspiring, helpful and relevant in NAPT's Leading Every Day (LED) Initiative webinar series. The 2019 program focuses on the relational aspect of leadership. Reserve your spot today!
Effective leaders — at all levels of an organization — bring heart, integrity and passion to their role. Over the course of six sessions we'll explore new information and identify the skills necessary to be an effective leader. In general, the 2019 series will include discussions on:
This fast-paced program will inspire you to share your challenges and successes with your peers.
- The purpose and function of leadership
- Understanding the role of a leader in the midst of a fast-paced workplace
- Essential skills necessary to lead others
- Motivating employees
- Ensuring accountability and quality
Visit www.napt.org/led for session descriptions, and reserve your spot early!
- Wednesday, February 13 @ 12pm ET — Session 1: Forward Motion: The New Role of a Leader
- Wednesday, March 6 @ 12pm ET — Session 2: The Mechanics of Effective Leadership
- Wednesday, April 3 @ 12pm ET — Session 3: Cliff Notes© on Coaching
- Wednesday, May 1 @ 12pm ET — Session 4: A Dispatch on Communication
- Wednesday, June 12 @ 12pm ET — Session 5: Accountability and Performance
- Wednesday, July 10 @ 12pm ET — Session 6: Accelerating Your Team's Success
*Registration includes access to all six live webinars as well as the recorded archives. Live participation is encouraged but not mandatory.
Meet Our Guest Lecturer
Karen Main, MA, (PhD, ABD) is the owner of Innovations In Training, a consulting firm specializing in leadership development, team building and process improvement services. Her programs utilize innovative techniques to engage employees in the learning process and this approach has earned her recognition from The Asch Center at Harvard University, Mountain States Employer's Council and the Association for Talent Development.
Karen holds numerous certifications including Advanced Certification in Emergenetics©, certification in the ToP© method of facilitation, certification by the Harvard Kennedy School in "The Art & Craft of Leadership Development" and advanced degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of Denver. She stays current in her field by occasionally teaching at the University of Denver's University College and is a popular speaker at conferences across the country.
When she's not teaching, she's traveling and exploring new places and cuisines across the U.S.
What Does the Registration Fee Cover?
The $199 LED registration fee provides:
Lock in your spot early; register today!
- Registration to all 6 live webinars
- Access to the recorded and archived webinars at your convenience
- Again in 2019! Face-to-face networking event at NAPT Conference exclusively for 2019 LED participants (NAPT Conference registration required)
- Access to our Guest Lecturer, Karen Main, throughout and following the program for additional Q&A
- Access to fellow LED participants for ongoing communication and networking
- Certificate of Completion
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There have been 82 school shootings so far in 2018 — by far the highest annual tally on record, according to the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security, which maintains a database of them. As that number has increased dramatically in recent years, public safety officials have grappled with how to respond to the incidents quickly and safely. One innovation that many cities have implemented is "panic buttons" — phone apps that can instantly send out 911-style alerts during a shooting and hopefully reduce the number of injuries and fatalities.
More Colorado students use school choice to opt into traditional district-run schools than use it to attend charter schools. Those who do so are more likely to be white and middle- or upper-class than their peers. And transportation continues to be a barrier for students who want to go somewhere other than their neighborhood school. Those are the findings of a report on choice and open enrollment in the traditional public school sector put out by Ready Colorado, a conservative education reform advocacy group that supports greater access to school choice.
The Federal School Safety Commission's report is expected to recommend scrapping an Obama-era rule aimed at making sure that students of color aren't disciplined more harshly, or more often than their peers, the Washington Post has reported. The U.S. Department of Education neither confirmed nor denied the story. "The Federal Commission on School Safety has studied this topic extensively and will make a recommendation on it in its final report," said Elizabeth Hill, a spokeswoman for DeVos.
Kids were sitting on the floor of their overcrowded bus or standing as the driver left a Burlington Township school to bring kids home. Other parents complained about their children having to wait for a bus to double back to pick up students scheduled for a later route because the first one was packed. Complaints like this from parents flooded social media this fall as districts across New Jersey — and the nation — continue to deal with a shortage of bus drivers.
Everyone wants immediate results, but that's rarely the case regardless of whether you're attempting to lose weight, improve revenue or develop as a leader. That's because results, especially the ones with a lasting impact, are the byproduct of doing the right things each and every day. If you're leading, but aren't seeing immediate results, it doesn't mean all is lost. There are 7 signs that show your best leadership year is right around the corner.
School Leaders Now
Need a way to keep morale up and staff energized this month? We have you covered with this Staff Countdown to Holiday Break! Tons of talented administrators and school leaders have been sharing the ways they use a countdown-type of activity each year in the busy month of December. With the many emotions associated with the holidays and anticipation of days off of school, this time of the year can be super challenging for students and teachers alike.
According to studies carried out by Development Dimensions International, empathy is the biggest single leadership skill needed today. According to Richard S. Wellins, senior vice president of DDI, "Being able to listen and respond with empathy is overwhelmingly the one interaction skill that outshines all other skills." Other research has backed up DDI findings. Dianne Crampton at Gonzaga University found that "Empathy is a universal team value that promotes high commitment and cooperation in the workplace."
By: Terri Williams (commentary)
Employee benefits might be more important than you think. Smart companies are using them to attract and retain talent, and employees indicate that they prefer workplace benefits over a salary increase. A report by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) reveals that by a margin of 4 to 1, American workers favor workplace benefits over an increase in salary. So, why are benefits so important to employees, and which benefits do employees want?
How do you take the seed of an idea and nourish and grow it into a full-fledged, super-successful business? For Nicole Farb, CEO and cofounder of the video shopping platform Darby Smart, the key ingredient is confidence. The word confidence comes up a lot in conversation with Farb, whether she’s talking about Darby Smart’s wide community of users, or about having the gumption to break into the boys’ club of Silicon Valley.
Now that the Every Student Succeeds Act has been officially in place for a whole school year, states are beginning to release their lists of schools that need extra help. And there's a particular group of schools that experts are watching closely: Additional Targeted Schools. That's a wonky term for a particular set of schools that need improvement, but it's one to watch: It could end up describing anywhere from 30 to 70 percent of schools, according to preliminary observations by the Center for Assessment, a nonprofit that works with states on testing and accountability.
Nora Bateson, a contributor for Quartz, writes: "In this era of multiple crises and global threats, I am increasingly uneasy with the call for leadership. Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Rachel Carson, and other iconic figures are held up as examples of true leaders: They offered charisma, vision and strength enough to pioneer new eras of thought. The lack of such characters now, we are told, suggests a vacuum in our capacity to generate the old-school kind of hope for the future that these courageous individuals embodied."
What do we want out of our schools? It turns out that opinions differ. That is the takeaway from EdChoice's annual Schooling in America Survey. The survey asked respondents where they would send their children if they had a totally free choice. 36 percent said traditional public school, 13 percent said charter, 40 percent said private and 10 percent said homeschool (two percent didn't know).
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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