NAPT LAUNCHING NEW ASSESSMENT PROJECT Where Will You Stack Up?
"High performance organizations are built and sustained by clearly staking out a destination, designing a measurement system to track success and having the courage to make the necessary decisions to get there." Mark Aesch
Like it or not, quantitative and qualitative measurements (metrics) that help school administrators and taxpayers understand school transportation service are here to stay.
"We often hear people in pupil transportation say, 'We are committed to providing safe, efficient and effective service,'" asserts NAPT Board President Alexandra H. Robinson, M. Ed. CDPT. "But what does that mean exactly? How can you verify that? How do you quantify it?"
NAPT is therefore developing a variety of customized metrics, including Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that will help NAPT members provide the best service possible, and then be able to prove it. The work has already begun. More
Vendor Spotlight: When you're on the spot, come to the spotlight
Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve upon the safety and efficiency of operations and processes. Knowing who to call when you're on the spot is important.
To help you find solutions, we highlight three of our business partners in a scrolling logo format on the NAPT homepage every two weeks. All you need to do is click on the company logo to find out more.
Featured on our website under "Business Partner in the Spotlight" through Jan. 27, are the following businesses: Bus Parts Warehouse, Fuelmaster and Robotronics. Please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services offered by these companies.
Please feel free to visit our web site anytime, www.napt.org, and check out the featured scrolling logo posted near the bottom left hand side of the home page. You never know, you may find just the solution you are looking for.
Bus Parts Warehouse (www.buspartswarehouse.com) presents a wide variety of school bus products; Fuelmaster (www.myfuelmaster.com) provides fuel management systems and Robotronics offers safety education through robotic characters and educational materials (www.robotronics.com).
FREE bullying prevention training available from NAPT
As you plan and prepare for this year's in-service (or refresher) training, remember that there are two modules of Bully Prevention/Intervention training created jointly by NAPT, the United States Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center available free of charge to school districts across the country. More
WHEN: 11 a.m. to noon EDT on January 27
WHAT: "Verbal De-escalation: Using Words to Prevent Violence"
Click here to sign up for the NAPT free webinar.
About the webinar: This introductory one hour webinar teaches school bus drivers verbal de-escalation techniques. Webinar participants will be taught verbal and non-verbal indicators of aggression in order to become a more effective listeners and speakers. The subject matter addresses issues concerning how to avoid and deflect aggressive mannerisms to prevent violent acts from occurring.
About the host: Bret E. Brooks is a Senior Consultant of Gray Ram Tactical LLC, full-time state police officer, former SWAT team sniper, and former captain of the U.S. Army. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and a Master of Arts degree in national security, and he has focused numerous studies on terrorism and violence. Bret is the creator of several school training courses which include: School Bus Driver Prevention and Detection of Violence and Verbal De-escalation of Violent Situations. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: You need to be an active member of NAPT to participate in this webcast
The only stipulation is that you must have a broadband Internet connection. We now are able to broadcast audio for the webinar to your computer. You also may use a phone line to dial into the conference call line.
Apple unveils app and tools for digital textbooks
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Apple wants students to bid farewell to the days of lugging around backpacks of heavy textbooks, and to welcome the iPad tablet as their new all-in-one reading device. On Jan. 19, the company released iBooks 2, a free app that will support digital textbooks that can display interactive diagrams, audio and video. More
Pedestrian safety: Innovative technology could save your life
When it comes to pedestrian traffic, safety should be the number one concern, but transportation infrastructure in the United States is built to accommodate cars, not people. With 4,280 pedestrians killed and 70,000 injured in 2010 in the U.S. alone, cities are installing technologies that will improve pedestrian safety on busy streets. The following are four technologies on the market today that are helping save pedestrian lives. More
Poll: Cyberbullying a problem around the globe
More than 10 percent of parents around the world say their child has been cyberbullied and nearly one-fourth know a youngster who has been a victim, according to a new Ipsos/Reuters poll. And more than three-quarters of people questioned in the global survey thought cyberbullying differed from other types of harassment and warranted special attention and efforts from parents and schools. More
Death Valley students face loss of lifeline
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California has pulled funding for school transportation for the rest of this fiscal year and may eliminate it entirely next year. In Death Valley, where some students have a two-hour round trip, the cut is "catastrophic." More
DOT STEM mentoring program encourages students
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Studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is a terrific start to a career in Transportation. Essential knowledge in these areas enables us to move forward with bridges that span great distances, new high speed rail designs and vehicles and aircraft with enhanced performance and improved fuel-efficiency. To help develop tomorrow's transportation workforce, the Department of Transportation mentoring program combines the expertise of DOT employees with the curiosity and enthusiasm of young minds. More
Elementary school climate, anti-gay bullying examined in new Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network report
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Given that more and more youngsters are self-identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender at younger ages, a new report hopes to shed light on school climate, biased remarks and bullying among elementary school students. More
Technology tackles teen drivers' phone distractions
USA Today Share
Anxious parents worried about teens and distracted driving are tapping new technology to keep their young drivers from texting, surfing and even talking behind the wheel. Parents say the technology not only makes the roads safer for their children and others but also provides reassurance at a time when nearly half of young drivers use their phones to surf the Internet and more than a third use them to access social media networks. More
Parents reject bus fee increase
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Needham, Mass., parents had a clear message for the School Committee at a recent budget hearing: If bus fees go up, their children probably won't be riding. With approximately 100 residents in attendance, those who spoke said they overwhelmingly supported the proposed 5.7 percent increase in the Needham Public Schools' fiscal year 2013 budget, but one after another said they could not support a fee increase. More