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REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2013 NAPT SUMMIT – in Grand Rapids, Mich.!
Please join us for The NAPT Summit, scheduled for October 19-24, in Grand Rapids, Mich.! Registration is open and the hotel is taking reservations, so don't delay!
We are delighted to announce we'll be at the elegant surroundings of the Amway Grand, once again! Please be sure to make your hotel reservation through Passkey on our website to obtain the NAPT discount.
Whether you are a delegate or an exhibitor, there is something for you. Please visit our website www.napt.org/summit for:
I. Delegate Registration – online or hard copy option
II. Exhibitor Packet
III. Hotel Link
IV. Ground Travel/Shuttle Information
See you in Grand Rapids!
NASDPTS & NAPT present Carrollton, KY documentary at October SUMMIT
NASDPTS and NAPT have teamed up to bring you a special and unique opportunity to hear, meet and talk with the writer and director of a new documentary film called IMPACT: AFTER THE CRASH, which explores the horrific Carrolton, Kentucky bus crash of May 14, 1988.
Directed by Kentucky's celebrated young filmmaker, Jason Epperson, and written and produced by Emmy-nominated writer and historian, Daniel Blake Smith, this first-run film re-enacts the crash that killed 27 people and injured nearly three dozen others, making it the worst drunk-driving related accident in our nation's history.
Smith and Epperson will host a special screening of the film during the conference and conduct a separate workshop to discuss their work to bring you the incredible story of recovery, hope and the inspirational lives of those affected.
You won't want to miss this unique opportunity, brought to you exclusively by NASDPTS and NAPT. You can view trailers for the film here:
NAPT Special Needs Transportation graduates
Congratulations to the following who have recently graduated from the SNT program:
Viki Wassink (#55) with Granite School District, West Valley, UT
Susan M. Hill-Smith (#56) with Salem-Keizer SD, Salem, OR
Molly McDonald (#57) Granite SD, West Valley, UT
Thomas A. Weeks (# 58) with Student Transportation of America, Buffalo, NY
Karen Irwin (#59) with Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Thornton, CO
Doug Drummond (#60) Elk Island Public Schools, Sherwood Park, Alberta
The NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program provides numerous opportunities for transportation personnel serving students with disabilities to access educational opportunities 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 specific knowledge about transporting students with disabilities.
To access more information about the NAPT SNT program, including a detailed program description, application and SNT brochure, visit here.
To see the list of current graduates visit here.
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Vendor Spotlight: 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 our business partners in a scrolling logo format on the NAPT homepage every two weeks. Just click on the company logo to find out more.
Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: C.E. White Co., Kidde Technologies, Inc., Robotronics Inc. and Spheros North America. Their logos will be posted for the next few weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.
C.E. White Co. (www.cewhite.com) For over 50 years, The C.E. White Co. has been manufacturing quality seating products for the commercial, transit and school bus markets.
Kidde Technologies, Inc. (www.kiddetechnologies.com) provides automatic fire detection and suppression and gas leak detection for the transit industry, including motor coaches, school buses, transit/city buses, paratransit buses and trains.
Robotronics Inc. (www.robotronics.com) supplies safety education products, geared toward children 14-years old and younger. They provide over 6,000 interactive robotic characters and educational materials for use around the world.
Spheros North America (www.spheros.com) develops and manufactures heating systems,
air conditioners and roof hatches for all climate control products and services for the bus market.
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NAPT PDS and SNT courses available at many upcoming conferences
For NAPT members interested in pursuing career development, certification and recertification, and/or the NAPT Special Needs Endorsement, we will be announcing dates and locations of our course offerings throughout the year.
If you wish to receive NAPT credit for PDS or SNT course offerings at upcoming events, and an official course completion certificate from NAPT, please click on the specific location you are interested in (below). You'll be taken to a registration page that details all the information you need, including a link to the conference site.
OASBO (Ontario Association of School Business Officials): Course Web Link
TAA (Transportation Administrators of Arizona): Course Web link
VAPT (Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation): Course Web link
OPTA (Oregon Pupil Transportation Association): Course Web Link
ASTSBC (Association of School Transportation Services of British Columbia): Course Web link
MAPT (Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation): Course Web link
PSBA (Pennsylvania School Bus Association): Course Web link
NCPTA (North Carolina Pupil Transportation Association): Course Web link
ILAPT (Illinois Association for Pupil Transportation): Course Web link
GAPT (Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation): Course Web link
CSPTA (Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association): Course Web link
The NAPT Professional Development Series is the industry's only comprehensive training program designed exclusively for school transportation professionals; offering nearly 40 different courses for the classroom and many are now available online.
Visit our website: NAPT PDS page.
The NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program was created to encourage individuals involved in school transportation to enhance their knowledge about transporting students with disabilities and promote excellent leadership skills for the community of transportation personnel serving children of all ages with special needs.
For more information, click here: SNT Brochure.
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US theatrical run of La Camioneta begins
The New York Times
Follow Your Nose Films is proud to present the U.S. theatrical run of La Camioneta, the acclaimed debut feature by Mark Kendall, "a name to watch" (Variety). This surprising and unique documentary film, which traces the migration and transformative journey of a decommissioned American school bus to the streets of Guatemala, opens for an exclusive one-week theatrical engagement on Friday, May 31 at the reRun Gastropub Theater (www.reruntheater.com) in Brooklyn, New York, and on Friday, June 6, at the Downtown Independent (www.downtownindependent.com) in Los Angeles, followed by a national tour.
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EPA clean diesel grant opportunity
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is planning to distribute $9 million via its National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. EPA is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.
There are a variety of projects that may be eligible for a grant, including the installation of Verified Exhaust Control Technologies; Verified/Certified Cleaner Fuel Use and/or Verified Idle Reduction Technologies if integrated with a new eligible verified exhaust control technology funded under this grant; Verified/Certified Engine Upgrades and/or Certified Engine Repowers; and the incremental cost of a newer, cleaner vehicle powered by a 2011 model year or newer certified highway heavy-duty diesel engine, up to 25 percent of the cost of an eligible replacement vehicle or piece of equipment.
Grant proposals are due to the EPA by June 25. Additional and more detailed information is available at www.epa.gov/diesel/prgnational.htm.
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Students can report bullying through text messages
The Washington Post
Now students can use their cellphones in school to report bullies. Blackboard, and educational technology company, has a new program called TipTxt. If a student is being bullied or witnesses others being bullied, they can use this program to send text messages that will alert school officials.
Brooklyn grandmother claims animal school-bus names 'insensitive'
NY Daily News
A Brooklyn grandma put an end to the monkey business at a local charter school. Sandra Conner, 64, was howling mad after learning the buses at her 10-year-old granddaughter’s Bedford-Stuyvesant school were identified by drawings of monkeys, elephants, jaguars and other animals. The cartoon critters — used to help the students board the right bus since 2006 — struck Conner as insensitive.
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School bus tactical training
Police Officers and school transportation officials recently gathered near Altoona, Pa., to prepare for a variety of school bus emergencies. With 107 school buses rolling every school day in the Altoona Area District, the people in charge of the student transportation say protecting their passengers is a big concern.
4 distracted driving myths
How often have you heard someone claim that using hands-free device renders behind-the-wheel cellphone conversations perfectly safe? Well, the National Safety Council has news for those drivers.
Putting the brakes on distracted driving
If you're still using your mobile phone behind the wheel, University of Alberta sociology researcher Abu Nurullah likely has your number. More specifically, he can tell what statistical category you fall under. Using survey data from mid-2011 just months before Alberta's distracted-driving law went into effect Nurullah and his colleagues determined several characteristics of people who appear to top the risk scale by using cellphones while driving. The data are useful for police who have to deal with unlawful drive-and-dialers, and for policy-makers seeking to change offenders' habits with ad campaigns.
School district apologizes after students' irises scanned
A Central Florida school district has apologized after some students' irises were scanned as part of a pilot security program without their parents' permission. High-tech eye-scanning cameras were installed on school buses at Davenport School of the Arts, Daniel Jenkins Academy and Bethune Academy in Polk County. The children's irises were scanned May 23. In the program, a number is assigned to that student and that student's information. The district could then track the student's movements on and off the school bus and notify parents whether a child returned home on time.
Digital video transforms teaching practices
Perhaps no single technology has brought a more profound change to some teachers' instructional practices than the evolution of digital video. While the growth of online content, social networking, and multimedia production tools have all helped educators reconsider how students should consume, discuss, and demonstrate mastery of content, only the dramatic increase in video availability has led directly to the "flipped classroom" movement.
Jimmy Lee Dykes audio: Recording from school bus abduction, photo of bunker released
The Huffington Post
When Jimmy Lee Dykes boarded a school bus on Jan. 29, he told the driver he wasn't leaving without a child. "I need two boys six to eight years old," Dykes said, in audio released to ABC News. "Six to eight years old. I mean it. Right now! Right now!" The driver, Charles Poland, resisted in an attempt to save 5-year-old Ethan from abduction. The move cost Poland his life. "It's my responsibility to keep these kids on the bus. I can't turn them over to somebody else," Poland is heard saying, moments before he was shot dead by Dykes. That audio, as well as photos from the bomb-rigged Alabama bunker where Dykes held Ethan captive for the next six days, were recently released exclusively to ABC News.
'Decide to Drive' offers distracted driving safety tips for young drivers
For teens and young adults the summer school break means more time for fun, friends, driving and unfortunately, distractions like texting, eating and applying makeup while driving. In fact, the summer months rank the highest for crashes and related injuries/fatalities among teen drivers and passengers. That's why the "Decide to Drive" campaign, sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, is urging young drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road this summer to ensure that they, their friends, family and fellow travelers, stay safe.
Senate budget plan could include $15 million for buses
The Senate's 2013-2014 budget could buy $15 million worth of new school buses for South Carolina's aging fleet. Senators recently considered an amendment that would distribute nearly $7 million extra that lottery sales are expected to bring in next fiscal year. The proposal puts $2.75 million of the higher-than-initially-expected profits toward school buses.
2013 National School Bus Safety Week:
"Stand Back From The Yellow and Black"
National School Bus Safety Week Posters (illustrated above) are here again! Pre-orders have been shipped out, so if you have not received posters and would like to have some, please email me (email@example.com) with your name, shipping address and the quantity desired. There is no charge for posters or shipping, they are provided compliments of NAPT, NSTA (National School Transportation Association) and NASDPTS (National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services).
Note: The Poster Contest and Safety Week are two different events in the same year. The 2012 Poster Contest theme becomes the 2013 National School Bus Safety Week theme and is an active and evolving public education program designed to promote school bus safety. ***If your students are drawing posters for the 2013 competition (from now until September 2013), they should be using the poster theme: "At my Stop You Stop!"
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