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|NAPT's 2016 LED Program to Offer Strategies for Organizational Success
For a decade, NAPT's Leading Every Day (LED) project has been supporting and developing world-class professionals and leaders in the school transportation industry. NAPT is pleased to continue our expanded LED initiative that you can access anywhere — even on your phone or tablet!
Our 2016 LED webinar series will guide participants to a strong understanding of how a performance management system works. After six webinars, you'll be equipped to implement tactics within your own organization and lead your team to higher levels of performance.
Topic: Building a Performance Driven Organization
Guest Lecturer: Mark Aesch, TransPro
Sign up for the 2016 webinar series.
Each of the following sessions will be 45-minute webinars with time for Q&A with our Guest Lecturer.
Visit our website for session descriptions.
- Class 1: Tuesday, March 15 @ 2pm ET
Success Moment Development
- Class 2: Tuesday, April 19 @ 2pm ET
Measuring What Matters
- Class 3: Tuesday, May 17 @ 2pm ET
- Class 4: Tuesday, June 21 @ 2pm ET
Employee Ownership Accountability, Incentives, Expectations and Clarity, Inspiration vs Imposition
- Class 5: Tuesday, July 19 @ 2pm ET
Communicating on Offense
- Class 6: Tuesday, August 16 @ 2pm ET
Courageous Decision Making
What Does My Registration Cover?
The $199 LED registration fee provides:
Reserve your spot today!
- Registration to all 6 live webinars
- Access to the recorded and archived webinars at your convenience
- New in 2016! Face-to-face networking event at NAPT Summit exclusively for 2016 LED participants (NAPT Summit registration required)
- Access to our Guest Lecturer, Mark Aesch, throughout and following the program for additional Q&A
- Access to fellow LED participants for ongoing communication and networking
- Certificate of Completion
Meet Mark Aesch
Mark R. Aesch passionately believes that public sector agencies can operate as efficiently and as focused on customer needs as private sector businesses. Mark is the Chief Executive Officer of TransPro, a management consultancy that guides public organizations to new levels of performance excellence with its 7 Steps to Success strategic planning, performance scorecards, leadership coaching and customer satisfaction programs.
Mark introduced the concept of managing a public sector agency with a private sector mind set in his best-selling business book Driving Excellence, which is published in 10 countries. His second book, Saving America, due for release in June 2016 is an inspiring guide to the 7 Steps to Success that administrators, elected officials and citizens can use to make America run again.
Mark also serves as a Senior Advisor at Boston Consulting Group specializing in transportation issues, and as a Senior Fellow for the Alliance for Innovation, an international network of progressive governments and partners committed to transforming local governments.
|One week 'til NAPT February Webinar
Join your colleagues for the next NAPT member webinar, The Importance of Clean Diesel. Register today and join us next Wednesday, February 24 at 1pm ET.
During this webinar we'll discuss:
Meet the Presenter: Phil Kramer has been with Hydrotex for almost two years initially as the Vice President of Business Development and was appointed Vice President of Pupil Transportation under Dwight Gleaves in June of 2015. Kramer has over 20 years of experience in strategic business development and planning initiatives for high technology companies such as, Nokia, McAfee and Samsung; where he served in the roles of Vice President of Strategic Planning and Vice President of Alliance Development. Previously, Kramer owned a hazardous materials decommissioning and disposal company in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He is a Fort Worth native and earned a degree from Texas Christian University.
- The condition of diesel fuel being delivered to your bulk storage tanks
- Current ISO cleanliness standards and what they mean to you
- Prevention of fuel system related problems
- Laboratory testing procedures to determine the condition of your fuel
- Reviewing what a good fuel program entails
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 24 @ 1pm ET
Title: The Importance of Clean Diesel
Presenter: Phil Kramer, Vice President of Pupil Transportation, Hydrotex
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members
Reserve your spot!
Mark Your Calendar
- Wednesday, March 23 @ 1pm ET — 12 Ways to Ensure a Passed Inspection — Register today!
- Wednesday, April 27 @ 1pm ET — Summertime Bus Maintenance — Register today!
- NAPT's 42nd Annual Summit: November 4-8, 2016 in Kansas City, MO
|Annual 'Love the Bus' event heads to CA
NAPT is proud to be a founding partner of the American School Bus Council (ASBC), a coalition dedicated to educating parents, school officials and lawmakers about the essential role the yellow school bus plays in the safety, health, security and readiness of America's schoolchildren.
'Love the Bus' is ASBC's ongoing campaign to raise awareness and appreciation for the hundreds of thousands of school bus drivers who safely transport children to and from school. Every February ASBC and schools across America take time out to celebrate 'Love the Bus' month. Students can participate by sharing stories about their favorite bus drivers and making interactive Valentine's cards to email or print and give to their bus driver. Educators can download the Love the Bus toolkit, which provides resources for implementing a comprehensive program in your school. ASBC hopes to make February a month where parents, students, educators, and administrators all show their appreciation for those responsible for getting our children safely to and from school every single day.
ASBC's 2016 'Love the Bus' event is heading west! The 2016 main event will take place at Cosumnes River Elementary School in Sloughhouse, California this Friday, February 19. President Keith Henry, CDPT (Lee’s Summit R7 Schools, MO) and Executive Director Mike Martin will be representing NAPT during this program.
The school's nearly 500 students are scheduled to hear from United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 Administrator Jared Blumenfeld, Congressman Ami Bera, and Elk Grove Unified School District (USD) Superintendent Chris Hoffman about being respectful to their bus drivers and appreciating the many benefits of the iconic yellow school bus, including safety, reduced traffic congestion, reduced energy use and air pollution, and assurance that all students have equitable access to educational programs.
To learn more about the Love the Bus event, please visit the ASBC website. And stay tuned for photos and a summary of this year's event.
|Still time to support 2016 School Bus eXchange (SBX)
If you're looking for a unique networking event, and to build and maintain long-lasting industry relationships, consider the 2016 School Bus eXchange (SBX). NAPT and our partners at School Bus Fleet are excited to once again offer SBX, a unique relationship-building event packed with industry insights. This event provides industry suppliers an unmatched opportunity to meet a select group of public and private school bus operators and cultivate relationships in an intimate setting. Act quickly — only a few supplier spots remain! Contact James Blue at James.Blue@bobit.comand visit the website to reserve your spot today.
2016 Event Details
April 11-13, 2016
Omni Interlocken Hotel
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Hop on the bus, Gus. Students who ride the school bus in the critical first year of formal education — kindergarten — are absent less often and have lower odds of being chronically absent, a key indicator of future academic success, according to a new study. The "school bus effect" improves kindergarten attendance in families of all income levels, said UC Santa Barbara professor Michael Gottfried, who conducted the study in partnership with the Truancy Reduction Pilot Projects initiative of California Attorney General Kamala Harris. The unpublished study, "Linking Getting to School with Going to School," used a nationally representative sample of 14,000 kindergartners drawn from U.S. Department of Education data.
President Barack Obama's final budget blueprint seeks new money to help schools become more socioeconomically integrated, and proposes increases for the administration's long-time priorities, including expanding preschool and helping school districts scale up promising practices. But the spending plan, which is unlikely to be adopted wholesale by a GOP-controlled Congress, would essentially flat-fund programs that nearly all school districts depend on to educate students in special education and disadvantaged students. And it asks for a modest boost overall for the U.S. Department of Education — $69.4 billion in discretionary funding, or a 1.9 percent increase over current levels.
Star News Online
New Hanover County Schools will again be one of the first school districts in the state to participate in a bus safety pilot program. This summer the district will get five new school buses equipped with lap/shoulder seat belts. This school year, New Hanover was also one of five counties in the state to volunteer to test extended stop arms on some of its buses. According to N.C. Department of Public Instruction Transportation Services, seat belts have been available on school buses for several years, but the additional costs have made it difficult for school districts to add such buses.
Charlotte and Oliver Hughes are never tardy for class — a true accomplishment, considering their "school bus" tops out at roughly 7 or 8 miles per hour. Ken Hughes’ children, and his girlfriend's son, Wyatt Trzaskos, live in Essex, N.Y., but attend Lake Champlain Waldorf School across Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vt. They ride the 7:30 a.m. ET ferry each school day to Charlotte, Vt., and always beat the first bell at 8:20 a.m. When classes finish at 3 p.m., they hustle with their dad back to catch a boat home.
The Dallas Morning News
School districts outside the tornado zone are being asked to pay a share of the $4,862.50 daily tab for transporting displaced students to their schools inside Garland and Rowlett. Garland school officials contracted with a vendor to transport 159 GISD students who because of the Dec. 26 tornado, moved outside the school district. The vendor enlists 25 vehicles and its total bill was $23,355 as of Jan. 27. The federal McKinney-Vento Act provides for homeless students and outlines the process by which costs must be shared. The law says that school of origin transportation must continue throughout the period a child is homeless or until the end of the school year in which the child becomes permanently housed.
The politics surrounding the future of Chicago's public school system are intensifying. Three different players are in a power struggle for control of the system, which is suffering financially.
5 Eyewitness News has uncovered, in state records, budget deficits for nearly over 200 school districts and public charter schools across Minnesota. School districts with the highest transportation deficits are districts with the largest geographical boundaries. The Forest Lake School District has one of the largest boundary maps, per square mile, in the state. Forest Lake Schools told us its transportation budget is short more than $1 million and, like other school districts, the money used to cover those losses comes from the district's general fund.
Detroit Free Press
Detroit's public schools are almost run aground on $3.5 billion in debt and long-term liabilities, all of which threatens insolvency. That's the state's largest district, charged, at present, with educating 46,000 kids. By April, reports predict, it will be out of cash. And yet the prospect of keeping the district afloat apparently remains a political tough sell in Lansing, despite the fact that the district has spent most of the last 16 years under state oversight.
In his first major speech, the acting U.S. Secretary of Education John King apologized to the nation's teachers. Speaking to a small group of teachers, students and local politicians, just three weeks after taking over the post, King admitted the USA's education debate over the past few years has been "characterized by more heat than light," and that despite reformers' best intentions, "teachers and principals, at times, have felt attacked and unfairly blamed for the challenges our nation faces." King acknowledged the attacks had come from as high up as his own federal agency in Washington, D.C., where he'd served as a top advisor to former Education Secretary Arne Duncan for more than a year.
The Huffington Post
After years of inaction on the issue, the Obama administration is taking new steps to help schools achieve socioeconomic diversity. Included in the president's proposed 2017 budget is a $120 million competitive grant program to help districts devise and implement plans to get rich and poor children in the same classrooms. The initiative — called Stronger Together — provides funds for five-year projects to districts and groups of districts. The projects should allow schools to explore "ways to foster socioeconomic diversity through a robust process of parental, educator and community engagement, and data analysis," the proposed budget says.
Arizona Capitol Times
Two decades after Arizona helped pioneer the charter school movement, enrollment data show the schools don't match the school age demographics of the state and, in many cases, their neighborhoods. White — and especially Asian — students attend charter schools at a higher rate than Hispanics, who now make up the the greatest portion of Arizona's school age population. Hispanic students account for 44 percent of all students in Arizona, but they make up just 36 percent of charter school students. White students, who make up 40 percent of the school age population, account for 48 percent of all charter students.
By: Dean Wiech
Administrative technology in education is constantly evolving and changing. These improvements, as in any industry, are meant to better meet the needs of users. The difference in education is much of the technology employed throughout the organization is used by teachers and students who are engaged in the learning process, unlike in other sectors where the technology is designed to enhance business solutions or meant to deliver a sale.
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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