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NAPT kicks off holiday week with brand new website
Today NAPT unveiled a brand new, mobile-friendly website designed to engage and inform. By incorporating friendly colors and visually appealing graphics, an easy to navigate structure and the latest industry and association news, this enhanced site is sure to meet the needs of our members, pupil transportation professionals, and the general public.
New features on the site include a Featured News section with stories from around the nation, a news archive, specific pages for each of our Professional Development and Certification programs, and more. Check it out!
The website is also compatible with your mobile device! Check it out on your smart phone or tablet today. It may take up to 24 hours for your DNS (Domain Name Service) and ISP (Internet Service Provider) to update, so please be patient if you don't see the new site right away. When viewing NAPT's enhanced website, we highly recommend using the latest version of your Web browser (Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.).
Results from our spring Membership Survey indicated a need for an informative and easy-to-navigate website. We're excited to deliver this enhanced site, and thank everyone for your feedback and recommendations. Check the site often; it will continue to improve!
As always, if you have any questions or need assistance finding information, please don't hesitate to contact us in NAPT headquarters at 800-989-6278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Early-bird gets the worm at NAPT's 2014 Summit
The month of July gives you 31 days to save $100 on registration! Our full conference rate is only $299 before August 1. Take advantage of this great discount and register online today!
Prefer paper? Download the Delegate packet and fax your form to 518-218-0867.
And remember, the Peter & Linda Lawrence scholarship is now available for driver trainers and front line supervisors! Click here to download the application.
The Kansas City Marriott Downtown, approximately 20 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI) will serve as our headquarters hotel and a block of rooms has been set aside for Summit delegates. Reserve your room at the reduced NAPT rate of $134/night, plus tax (~$158.33/night), or call 800-228-9290. Individuals are encouraged to make reservations early. In order to secure the reduced rate, reservations must be made by Oct. 8, 2014.
So, mark your calendar and make plans to be in Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 8-11 for NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. We look forward to seeing you there!
2014 LED program registration deadline approaching
Register by July 15 and join industry leaders from across the nation during NAPT's 2014 Leading Every Day (LED) program! This year's comprehensive program will include three webinars (August, September & October) and a ½ day face-to-face workshop on Friday, November 7 in Kansas City, MO. Our Guest Lecturer, George Pitagorsky, PMP, will cover project management and process improvement with an emphasis on behavioral skills. Register today!
- enhancing your ability to manage multiple projects and people simultaneously
- learning to bring projects to healthy, successful conclusions
- sharpening your ability to improve project performance or sustain it at a chosen level
Space is limited - Act quickly
The registration deadline is Tuesday, July 15* and the program is only open to the first 40 registrants, so reserve your space today!
* In order for this program to be most effective, a minimum of 25 participants registered by Tuesday, July 15 is required. If we do not reach the minimum number of participants, the NAPT Board will reassess the 2014 LED program offering.
NAPT members complete Special Needs Transportation program
Congratulations to Cathy Scheer (Student Transportation of America, CA) and Kathleen Callon (East Irondequoit School District, NY)
By successfully completing this rigorous curriculum geared toward transportation personnel serving students with disabilities, Cathy Scheer and Kathleen Callon demonstrated their commitment to the profession, district, and students. NAPT's Special Needs Transportation program consists of a series of traditional classroom and hands-on training specifically designed to test the skills and enhance the knowledge of those working with students with disabilities.
Originally started to provide access to tailored educational opportunities at both local and national conferences, the program currently includes a core curriculum consisting of special needs courses in a variety of different settings. The SNT syllabus is intended to increase an individual's specific knowledge about transporting students with disabilities.
Congratulations Cathy and Kathleen!
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NAPT offers premier certification program for specialized transportation professionals
This April the NAPT Board of Directors approved the recommendation to create a new professional certification in Special Needs Transportation. As of July 1, NAPT offers a level of professional recognition that meets the evolving needs and acknowledges professionals' experience and commitment.
In order to be Certified in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT), candidates will have to complete 8 classes, including the 5 elements of NAPT's original Special Needs Transportation (SNT) training program and the following three classes in the NAPT Professional Development Series:
- Student Transportation Orientation (PDS 101)
- Presentation Skills (PDS 202) OR Communication Skills for Transportation Professionals (PDS 203) OR Team Communication Strategies (PDS 204)
- Introduction to Leadership & Management (PDS 701) OR Personal Skills for Managers (PDS 702) OR Personal Skills – Time Management (PDS 703).
All of these courses are available online and can be completed when your schedule allows. Consistent with NAPT's entire professional certification program, candidates will be required to successfully complete an exam to receive Certification. The exam will be available this November, and offered at NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation in Kansas City, Missouri.
The current fee for certification enrollment, application and exam is $50 (U.S. funds) for members of NAPT. Nonmembers must pay a fee of $150 (U.S. funds), which includes their NAPT membership for one year. The certification fee is used for processing and is non-refundable. The fees for NAPT members to attend PDS courses are $20 (in person) and $40 (online). PDS courses at the NAPT Summit are available at no charge to current NAPT members. Nonmember fees to attend the courses are $50 (in person) and $100 (online).
For more information about the certification program, please contact NAPT headquarters at 800-989-6278 or Brianne.Peck@napt.org. You may also visit the NAPT website at www.napt.org to learn more about NAPT's new SNT Certification program.
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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 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: BESI, Inc./Tie Tech LLC, Delco Remy, Ride Right LLC, and Thomas Built Buses. 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.
BESI, Inc./Tie Tech LLC (www.besi-inc.com) is a nationally recognized supplier of OEM / Aftermarket school bus upholstery as well as seatbelts, securements, RF heat sealed and fabricated products for an array of applications. BESI has positioned itself as a leading innovator throughout several industries. As a service-driven product company, their point-of-differentiation truly is their people.
Delco Remy’s (www.delcoremy.com) starters and alternators from Remy International, Inc. are the preferred choice for medium and heavy duty truck, bus and off highway applications worldwide. They lead with product innovation and performance - customers win with trusted, knowledgeable support. They work closely with the OEMs to provide the highest performing, premium quality product for new vehicles. This translates into the same level of performance and quality with Delco Remy aftermarket starters and alternators, and the support to back it.
Ride Right LLC (www.ride-right.net) provides paratransit, fixed route, shuttle, and ADA services while delivering cost savings, increased efficiencies, and customer satisfaction to the communities it serves. Ride Right is an affiliate of Medical Transportation Management (MTM), created to operate transportation needs for the disabled, underserved, and elderly. The company was founded on industry best practices and operational efficiencies by transportation experts whose combined experience totals over 40 years.
Thomas Built Buses (www.thomasbus.com) constantly thinks of its customers, drivers and riders while building driver and maintenance-friendliness, safety and comfort into every bus. Continuous improvement and dedication to building the most reliable and safest vehicles are part of their culture. It's what has made Thomas Built one of North America's leading bus manufacturers. And it's why one in three school buses on the road today is a Thomas Built bus. They are a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, a Daimler company and the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America.
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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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