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Home   Annual Conference   Members Only   Foundation   Careers July 5, 2011


The NAPT Free Webinar Series

WHEN: 11 a.m. to noon EDT on July 6

WHAT: "Verbal & Non-Verbal Indicators of Violence"

Click here to sign up for the NAPT free webinar.

About the webinar: It is important to know and understand some basic signals that a person is becoming violent and may be ready to lash out. This one-hour awareness presentation will discuss what gestures a school bus driver should look for when assessing an aggressive situation. Both non-verbal and verbal indicators can be used together to predict when a person may become violent. When one knows what to look for they can take steps to de-escalate the situation before it turns violent, thereby preventing violence. This seminar will be presented by Bret E. Brooks, senior consultant of Gray Ram Tactical LLC and author of many School Bus Fleet articles, which include: "Nonverbal Indicators of Violence: What To Look For," and "Violent Students: Contributing Factors."

About the host: Bret E. Brooks is a senior consultant of Gray Ram Tactical LLC, full-time state police officer, former SWAT team sniper and former captain of the U.S. Army. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and a Master of Arts degree in national security. He has focused numerous studies on terrorism and violence. Brooks is the creator of several school training courses, which include: School Bus Driver Prevention and Detection of Violence and Verbal De-escalation of Violent Situations. He can be reached at

Please note: You need to be an active member of NAPT to participate in this webcast

The only stipulation is that you must have a broadband Internet connection. We now are able to broadcast audio for the webinar to your computer. You also may use a phone line to dial into the conference call line.

NAPT, US Department of Education anti-bullying training modules now available
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In June, we announced the availability of bully prevention/intervention training — created jointly by NAPT, the Education Department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center. We are pleased to announce the second module is available. Both training modules are free of charge to school districts across the country.

The first module, titled "See Something. Do Something: Intervening in Bullying Behavior," will teach drivers what does and does not constitute bullying, how to respond to the behavior on or around the bus, and specific strategies for addressing and reporting bullying as it occurs.

The second module, "Creating a Supportive Bus Climate: Preventing Bullying," focuses on building mutual respect on the school bus. The training will encourage drivers to consider what a supportive bus climate looks like and how it prevents bullying; and learn and commit to perform simple, concrete strategies to build positive relationships on the school bus.

Both modules include a step-by-step trainer's guide, a PowerPoint presentation, handouts for driver activities, palm cards for drivers and posters that can be displayed in the transportation department or throughout the school system to reinforce the messages.

To download your free copy of the bullying prevention/intervention training modules that are available, visit our website at

"We have no tolerance for bullying, and stopping it is one of our national public policy priorities," said NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin. "We are very pleased the United States Education Department agrees with us and was willing to work with us on this project."

Bullying Prevention for School Bus Drivers

Brand new course. Solely aimed at training school bus drivers how to identify and deal with bullying and teasing. Already receiving rave reviews. Request free demo DVD or call 1 866 275 7272.

Weisinger and McDonald nominated to run for NAPT affiliate member director
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Marisa Weisinger, CDPT, technical specialist for Innovative Transportation Solutions in Houston, and Dave McDonald, director of business development and technical sales for Rosco Vision Systems Inc., have been nominated to run for NAPT affiliate member director.

The position will be available this fall when current Affiliate Member Director Mike Roscoe, Director of School Business Products for CE White, steps down after fulfilling a two-year term, at the conclusion of the 37th Annual NAPT Conference & Trade Show in Cincinnati.

Weisinger was nominated by Steve Barker, OEM business development manager for Sure-Lok and Dwight Gleaves, vice president of sales for Hydrotex. McDonald was nominated by John Doswell, vice president of sales and marketing for Collins Bus Corporation, and Craig Leonard, trade show manager for Thomas Built Buses.

Elections for president-elect and director of Region 2 and director of Region 4 also will be held during the conference. Visit for additional information.

Any person who wishes to be a candidate for NAPT president-elect, regional director or director at large must be an active individual member of the association for at least two years; a candidate for affiliate member director must be current business partner individual members.

Anyone interested in running for president-elect, regional director or director at large must be nominated by a minimum of two active individual members of the association; candidates for regional director must be nominated by individuals from that particular region. Individuals running for affiliate member director must be nominated by at least two current business partner individual members.

The president-elect and at-large directors are selected by vote of all active members. Regional directors are selected by vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region. The affiliate member director is chosen by NAPT Business Partner Individual Members only.

Call 800-989-NAPT for additional information from NAPT headquarters.

New online PDS courses now available:

503 — School Bus Specifications
This course provides practical guidelines for "spec'ing," bidding and receiving school buses best suited to your specific needs.

More courses are on the way!

605 — School Transportation Contract Management will be released July 8
This course explains the ins and out of a Request for Proposal, the complexities of the bidding process and provides tips on effective monitoring of contractor performance.

Already available in our ONLINE Shopping Cart:
PDS 101 — Student Transportation Orientation 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 301 — Basic School Transportation Accounting
PDS 303 — Procurement and Budget Management
PDS 402 — Managing Human Resources
PDS 405 — Student Needs & Management
PDS 501 — Overseeing a Fleet Maintenance Program
PDS 502 — Advanced Shop Maintenance
PDS 601 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling I
PDS 602 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling II
PDS 606 — Risk Management and Emergency Planning
PDS 702 — Personal Skills for Managers
PDS 703 — Personal Skills – Time Management
PDS 901 — School Transportation Security Assessment
PDS 902 — Crisis Communication

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



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LaHood on 2025 fuel standards: 'We want to get it right'
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is optimistic regulators and automakers can reach agreement on new fuel efficiency standards for the 2017-2025 timeframe. In a recent Detroit News interview on the sidelines of an event on Egypt, LaHood pointed to the May 2009 ceremony in which automakers backed a big jump in corporate average fuel economy requirements, or CAFE standards, for the 2012-2016 model years. More

June 'On the Go' talks livability, sustainability, traffic safety
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VideoBrief Check out the newest episode of "On the Go with Ray LaHood," which includes questions about what DOT is doing to promote livability, sustainability and traffic safety. More

GreenRoad enhances driver system
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GreenRoad, a provider of fleet driver performance and safety management, announced it has added new functionality to GreenRoad 360. The new functionality extends the system's ability to deliver fuel efficiencies and reductions in crash incidents for fleets, including bus, coach and van fleets, the company says. More

NTSB chief: Distracted driving not just limited to motorists
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Distraction is not just an issue for motorists, said Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, who has investigated cases where riverboat and airline pilots have crashed or overflown their destinations. More

US opens new round of transportation grants
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States, cities and local governments can now compete for $527 million in transportation grants, the federal government said June 30. The budget passed in April provided money for another round of the popular TIGER program created in the 2009 economic stimulus plan to grant money for road, bridge, rail and public transportation projects as well as streetcars and bicycle and pedestrian paths. More

State DOTs embrace technology
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These days, state DOTs are finding new technology platforms can help better manage and store road data. What type of technology does your state's DOT use for mapping and maintaining roads and bridges? More

Bullying commission recommends that districts report incidents
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A commission led by state Attorney General Martha Coakley recently recommended Massachusetts public, charter and some private school districts should be required to submit data on the number of bullying incidents. The commission, charged the last year with studying the state’s anti-bullying law signed by Gov. Deval Patrick, said by reporting incidents, officials could ensure compliance and address individual districts "based on the severity" of bullying there. More

California cities start recycling roads
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Recession is the mother of invention. With transportation infrastructure in a sorry state in California — the proliferation of potholes in Los Angeles, for example, is incredible — more cities are turning to a method of repairing roads by recycling them. More

Thomas Built rolls out bus rental program
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Thomas Built Buses is turning to a first-of-a-kind rental program to spur interest in the company's vehicles. The High Point-based school bus manufacturer recently announced it will make 14-passenger MyBus vehicles available for short- and long-term rental through its dealers that carry the MyBus. It's the first time that Daimler Trucks North America, Thomas Built Buses' parent company, has offered a rental option to bus customers. More

Todd Zwillich: Democrats chase the transpo spending unicorn
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The partisan politics that swirl around the much-maligned $787 billion stimulus has all but erased any chance of new transportation infrastructure spending, at least until the economy improves. But listen to top Democrats — including President Barack Obama — over the last couple of days, and you wouldn't know that both the Republican Party, as well as much of the public, has lost their appetite for such spending. More

3 million EV charging stations by 2016
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A new study from ABI Research projects a strong future for the development of charging infrastructures for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. The study forecasts that by 2016, there will be nearly 3 million vehicle charging stations in operation worldwide, with annual revenues associated with the purchase and installation of those stations growing to nearly $13 billion that year. More

A little known successful, inexpensive strategy for reducing congestion, oil consumption, emissions
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Did you know there's a successful program that if expanded could reduce U.S. oil imports from the Persian Gulf by 46 percent? And reduce greenhouse gases by 51 million tons a year — the equivalent of the entire New York state workforce? The program: telecommuting. More

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 non-member 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 e-mail NAPT Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.

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