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NAPT 2014 Summit: Driving Innovation
Join your NAPT colleagues and friends this Nov. 8-11 in Kansas City, Mo., for our 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. Register online today!
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We have something for everyone; join us!
- Hear from industry experts speaking on the latest topics ranging from safety and technology to employee management and budgeting.
- Navigate the one-day trade show with more than 120 vendors providing the latest in products and services designed to help you perform your job better.
- Participate in the America's Best Competition during our Summit for the first time in our 40-year history.
- Connect with friends both new and old and celebrate NAPT's 40th anniversary.
Early-bird gets the worm
Register early and save $100! Our full conference rate is only $299 before Aug. 1. Take advantage of this great discount and reserve your space today. You can register online at NAPT.org/summit or download and fax your registration form to 518-218-0867.
Book your overnight room
Our 2014 Summit host hotel is the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, across the street from the Kansas City Convention Center. In order to make reservations at the host hotel, click here or call 800-228-9290. The cost is $134/night, plus taxes, for a total of $158.33 per night. Early reservations are recommended. In order to secure the special rate, reservations must be made by Oct. 8.
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We want to hear from you! Please let us know how NAPT can enhance member services and better serve you in the future. Watch your email for survey details and let us know what you think.
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Nebraska school's 'ludicrous' advice for bullying victims sparks parent outrage
Fifth grade students at Zeman Elementary School in Lincoln, Neb., were recently sent home with a "flier" outlining how they should handle bullies. The instructions were apparently deemed so ridiculous by parents that the school district quickly issued an apology and the "inaccurate information" was pulled. That was after the nine "rules" for dealing with bullies went viral, of course.
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Bus drivers demand improved safety after colleague beaten by parents
About 30 Palm Beach County, Fla., bus drivers are protesting after parents attacked one of their colleagues at a bus stop. They're concerned about the safety of their fellow driver and the students. "Three parents attacking a driver, plus you have other parents and children on the bus, that's a safety issue and that's a big concern among the drivers," said driver Jane Brown.
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There is no perfect solution to preventing school violence
If there's one thing school safety experts agree on, it's this: There is no perfect solution to preventing school violence. "The good news is that schools are actually getting much better at preventing violence, but the bad news is we will always have incidents that slip through the cracks because you are dealing with human behavior," said Kenneth Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services in Cleveland.
Parental involvement in schools: How much is enough?
By Brian Stack
In a school near you, an elementary school principal is asked to predict which adults will have the greatest impact on a child's educational success later in life. Most would place parents very high on that list. It is no surprise that parental involvement is significant in many elementary schools. Most have strong PTA or PTO clubs that organize parent volunteers for work in the classroom, the playground and on school trips. These groups plan silent auctions, BINGO nights and pancake breakfasts to help school programs. By middle and high school, parental involvement drops off significantly.
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Bill calls for seat belts on buses
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A proposal in Lansing, Mich., would require all new school buses to have seat belts, but some state and federal officials say seat belts on buses won't prevent injuries or deaths. Michigan school buses currently rely on high, padded seats to protect students in a compartmentalized fashion. School districts would pay for seat belt-equipped buses either through voter-approved sinking millages or general operating dollars under the legislation.
8 technology tips from top district leaders
When it comes to school technology, having a plan, and having strong leaders to guide that plan, are two of the most important steps to success, according to the 2014 winners of eSchool News' Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards. From focusing on learning objectives first and devices last, to ensuring access to high-speed wireless Internet and digital content, the following eight superintendents share valuable advice and tips on what it means to be a tech-savvy school leader.
Adults must be at school bus stop under new bill
Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a bill aimed at protecting student's safety while traveling to and from school. The House Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare is taking up a bill sponsored by Rep. Anastasia Williams, D-Providence, that would mandate all children from kindergarten through sixth grade be picked up by an adult at their bus stop.
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Study: Connected drivers worldwide worry about privacy
A majority of Americans, Australians and Britons believe that connected-vehicle technology will make driving safer, but most are also concerned about security and privacy, according to a University of Michigan survey. In addition to expressing fears about security and privacy, a majority of those surveyed voiced concern about system failure and performance especially during bad weather. Despite these worries, about three-fourths of respondents believe that connected vehicles will reduce the number and severity of crashes, improve emergency response times and result in better fuel economy.
Natural gas trucks, buses on the road worldwide will reach 3.7 million by 2022
New drilling techniques and pipelines have made natural gas a significantly more competitive vehicle fuel than it was a decade ago, even as truck and bus fleet operators increasingly look for alternative fuels to fulfill their needs at lower costs and with lower emissions. The result is an expansion of the market for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses that run on natural gas. According to a recent report from Navigant Research, the total number of natural gas trucks and buses on roads worldwide will grow from 1.5 million in 2014 to 3.7 million by 2022.
The psychological toll of childhood bullying can persist for decades
A new study in the American Journal of Psychiatry finds what others had hinted at but not quite arrived at: That the effects of childhood bullying can last not only through adolescence and young adulthood, but also through middle age. Earlier studies had shown the negative psychological and social effects of bullying to be evident into a person's 20s, but the new research tracked the psychological health and cognitive function of once-bullied children till they were 50. And the effects of bullying – particularly of severe bullying – affected a person's well-being in a great number of ways. All the more reason, the authors urge, to take bullying just as seriously as we would any other form of childhood abuse.
Bus travel gives other modes run for the money
Buses are starting to give airlines, trains and even cars a run for their money. With spiffed up coaches, Internet reservations, and often significantly cheaper fares, bus travel is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to flying, taking the train and even driving your own car, according to a new study recently released. "It's a . . . mode of travel that's really shaking things up," says Joseph Schwieterman, director of DePaul University's Chaddick Institute which conducted the study. "The ability to hop on a bus for half the price of the next cheapest option is a game changer."
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 nonmember 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 email NAPT Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at Brianne.Peck@napt.org today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.
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