NAPT and Education Department offer free bully prevention/intervention training: Both modules now available
We asked for your help and you came through. Now it's our turn.
A few weeks ago, we asked you to complete a survey assessing the impact of bullying in your district. You answered questions pertaining to district policies, training and the level of bullying that you experience on and around your buses. Thank you for your enthusiastic response and relevant feedback on this very important issue!
We asked, we listened, we analyzed, we acted. As a result, two training modules were jointly created by NAPT, the Education Department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center; the training is available 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 (in PDF format), 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 or go to safesupportiveschools.ed.gov.
"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."
NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program offered this summer
In response to requests and feedback from NAPT members around the country, we are delighted to announce the new NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program will be available throughout the year at various events nationwide.
The NAPT SNT Program offers educational opportunities at both local and national conferences for transportation personnel serving students with disabilities. The curriculum spans a variety of issues including, but not limited to: An exploration of the legal basis for special needs transportation, including differences between laws and policies, and discussion of IEP's and their applicability. Activities include: observation or participation in a special needs roadeo and attendance at a trade show, featuring special needs products and services. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Child Passenger Safety Training is a component of the program along with a class on managing the behaviors of special needs students. The program concludes with an in-depth study on a topic of your choosing, and requires a written summary of your findings.
To be among the vanguard of student transportation professionals who want to hone their skills in this specialized area, please phone us at NAPT Headquarters 800-989-6278, and we will insure you receive all the necessary information to complete the program, including course locations and forms. Some course instruction may require pre-approval at non-NAPT sponsored events. For information on NAPT SNT course offerings, locations and downloadable forms, please visit our website at www.napt.org.
New online PDS courses now available:
901 School Transportation Security Assessment
This course will teach you how to use a security assessment that has been specially created for school transportation service providers to evaluate all critical areas of your operation – including your transportation facility, buses, operational procedures, staff and communication systems, as well as your school/community planning and cooperation.
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 405 Student Needs & Management
PDS 501 Overseeing a Fleet Maintenance Program
PDS 502 Advanced Shop Maintenance
PDS 601 School Bus Routing & Scheduling I
PDS 602 School Bus Routing & Scheduling II
PDS 606 Risk Management and Emergency Planning
PDS 702 Personal Skills for Managers
PDS 703 Personal Skills – Time Management
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.
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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 email@example.com today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.