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Home   Annual Conference   Members Only   Foundation   Careers April 26, 2011

NAPT Free Webinar Series

The NAPT Free Webinar Series

WHEN: 1 to 2 p.m. EST on May 3

WHAT: "Driver Involvement in Child Personal Safety"

Click here to sign up for the NAPT free webinar.

About the webinar: School bus drivers are already vigilant about ensuring that children are safely transported to and from school. However, it's also important for them to be aware of the risk of abductions because these incidents often exist in the same environment in which school bus drivers operate — the route to and from school.

The information provided in this webinar will help you empower your drivers with increased awareness of their environment and the ability to recognize the warning signs, such as suspicious persons or vehicles. Several media stories will help to illustrate the ways in which school bus drivers may become involved in the protection of children. Additionally, participants will learn about resources that they can distribute in their community to increase awareness of these issues.

About the host: Laurie Nathan is the manager of National Outreach and Partnerships for the NetSmartz Workshop, an educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Nathan analyzed Internet-related child exploitation cases and worked closely with law enforcement as a staff analyst in the Exploited Child Division at NCMEC. As the director of Programs at Prevent Child Abuse of Metropolitan Washington, she focused on child abuse prevention outreach campaigns for the Washington, D.C., metro area and trained hundreds of volunteers to handle calls on a support line for children.

Nathan graduated from Emory University in Atlanta with a bachelor's degree in psychology.

Please note: You need to be an active member of NAPT to participate in this webcast, and you must have a broadband Internet connection. We are now able to broadcast audio for the webinar to your computer. You also may use a phone line to dial into the conference call line.


JUST RELEASED! New online PDS course now available

405 — Student Needs & Management
This course looks at student behavior issues from the management perspective. A brief review of "normal" student characteristics and behavior management strategies is followed by an in-depth look at preparing drivers and attendants for student management, working within the school district structure, developing district policy, procedures and forms, and understanding nuances of working with students with disabilities and children from other cultures.

More courses are on the way!

Already available in our ONLINE Shopping Cart:
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 402 — Managing Human Resources
PDS 601 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling I
PDS 602 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling II
PDS 606 — Risk Management and Emergency Planning

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, for more information.

To find out more about our partner in this endeavor, School Training Solutions, please visit

AngelTrax introduces the Hybrid Quest™ and Hybrid Vault™ mobile DVRs

These hot-swappable, component based mobile DVRs feature both wireless compatibility, capable of live video streaming, and instant system health checks, enabling users to gain enhanced insight into fleet operations.

Special Needs Transportation Training Program: The first graduates in the nation
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The NAPT Special Needs Transportation training program was created to offer numerous educational opportunities for transportation personnel serving students with disabilities at both local and national conferences, and to gain national recognition for their efforts.

The program has a core curriculum that consists of six special needs courses in a variety of different settings, including a school bus roadeo and a trade show of school transportation products and services. The core curriculum is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program. The syllabus for the core curriculum has been specifically designed to increase an individual's knowledge about transporting students with disabilities.

Congratulations to the following graduates who are the first to complete the program:

J. Renee Davis
Spring ISD in Houston.

Nancy Kessler
Katy ISD in Houston.

Marisa Weisinger
Innovative Transportation Solutions in Houston.

Linda F. Bluth, Ed.D.
Maryland State Department of Education in Baltimore.

Daniel Higbie
Mid City Transit Corp. in Middletown, N.Y.

Carol A.B. Bowes, CSPT
Person County Schools in Roxboro, N.C.

Josielyn Rainey
Prince William County Public Schools in Manassas, Va.

For more information, please visit our website at or contact Brianne Peck at 800-989-6278.

2 Thousand Pounds of CO2
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Every Year.

Espar Independent Heating Systems enable drivers to pre-heat their school buses, offering warm starts, defrosted windows and a safe and comfortable environment for students, all without engine idling. MORE



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 and click on the "Annual Summit" tab.

Exhibitors, please log on to for exhibitor packets, business partner applications and Freeman show services information.

SPECIAL NEEDS - New Driver Training Course

Transporting students with SPECIAL NEEDS requires a well trained special kind of driver. Finally, a comprehensive course aimed solely at the drivers is now available. Learn more at and request a free demo disk.


Distracted driving: How bad are texting, cellphones behind the wheel?
ABC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are probably few people who are surprised to hear cellphones and driving don't mix — but do you believe it's true for you? Some safety advocates say we are in a national state of denial about the dangers posed by using a cellphone behind the wheel. More

As gas prices rise, districts worry about keeping buses running
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As fuel prices continue to rise, school systems are looking for ways to keep school buses from running on empty. With diesel costs approximately 25 cents more per gallon than the average cost of a gallon of gas, school systems not only are working on ways to conserve until the end of this school year but also are concerned about how continued increases could affect school budgets next year. More

Seeking relief from pain at the pump? Electric vehicles are ready to roll
Department of Transportation Fastlane    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With gas prices rising above $4 per gallon, families and businesses are feeling the effects. And once again elected officials are clamoring for action to instantly reverse that trend. Whether it's high-speed rail, transit or walkable, bikeable streets, the Department of Transportation is working to foster alternatives so people can choose to quit feeding their local gas pumps and continue feeding their families, their college savings accounts and their retirement funds. More

Website launched to raise awareness of propane autogas
Fleet Owner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program has launched a new website ( to raise awareness of the benefits and provide information on the use of propane autogas. "We are excited to launch this website, which not only highlights our fleet partners and successes, but also serves as a resource for fleet owners and managers who are looking for unbiased information about propane autogas vehicles and fueling," said Chelsea Jenkins, director of Virginia Clean Cities, which is administering the program. More

New technology could change transportation funding
The Topeka-Capital Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Electric cars and other alternative vehicles were designed to lessen the nation's reliance on oil and provide a green energy source. But they have transportation officials thinking red, financially speaking. More

DOT adds protections for air travelers
Department of Transportation Fastlane    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood writes, "As I've mentioned many times before on this blog, airline passengers have rights, and airlines have an obligation to respect those rights. That's why today I am pleased to announce new airline passenger protections that will ensure air travelers are treated with the respect they deserve." More

Cities build airport cities — 'aerotropolises' — for growth
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Development projects next door to airports are back in vogue throughout the U.S., as financially struggling cities look to attract export-oriented and high-tech businesses amid an uncertain economic recovery. Atlanta is just one of several cities latching onto the trend of trying to build all the aspects of a city around an airport — an "aerotropolis" as it's called by planners. More

Classrooms may become next stop for transit
The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sound Transit hopes to fill its buses and trains by heading into the classroom. The agency is exploring how to potentially supply curriculum and materials for teachers to use as part of a plan to "demystify transit" and turn children into transit users. More

Obama: STEM education a must-have
eSchoolNews    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Science, technology, engineering and math education is of the utmost importance to all students and is critical to U.S. competitiveness, said President Barack Obama at an April 20 town hall event held on Facebook's Palo Alto, Calif., campus. More

Pay tax by the mile, not gallon?
Star Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How about paying for roads and bridges by the miles you drive rather than the gasoline you burn? Falling gas tax revenue from more fuel-efficient vehicles has driven the Minnesota Department of Transportation to look for volunteers to experiment with technology that could lead to new ways of paying for highways. More

Highly automated driving takes shape
EE Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The HAVEit project is intended to make vehicles safer, more environmentally friendly and fuel efficient by enhancing their level of automation. After more than three years of research work on intelligent driver assistance systems, seven vehicles demonstrating results will be presented in Borås, Sweden. More
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