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NAPT Looking for 'America's Best'
You're invited! Join your colleagues from around the nation for NAPT's America's Best Training & Skills Challenge this November 7-11 in Kansas City, MO. This year's event will be held in conjunction with NAPT's Annual Summit. Visit our website for more information, and to download registration materials.
For the first time in event history, NAPT is excited to offer two new pilot programs for Driver Trainers and Specialized Transportation Personnel. We're also still holding our original Technician and Inspector components.
This year's program includes a full agenda that will provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to attend national level training programs, interact with some of the industry's top talent, show off your skills, and learn about the latest products, technology, and techniques available to improve your operations and programs.
Participate in NAPT's annual America's Best Training and Skills Challenge and gain:
Looking for America's Best! Join us in Kansas City, MO this November and put your knowledge to the test. Download the registration materials today.
- Hands-on Skills Training
- Classroom Education
- Friendly Competition
- Peer-to-Peer Connections
- National Recognition
For additional information about this year's America's Best event, please contact NAPT's Project Specialist Janna Smeltzer at 800.989.6278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAPT Updates LED Program
Committed to supporting and developing world-class professionals and leaders in the industry, NAPT has expanded the upcoming LED program. Now, we're offering a series of 6 webinars beginning January 2015.
The program focus remains Project Management & Long Term Process Initiatives and consists of a series of 6 webinars with our Guest Lecturer, George Pitagorsky, PMP, who will share his Optimal Performance Program. This program covers project management and process improvement with an emphasis on behavioral skills. The webinars will be held at 2pm ET on the second Tuesday of each month.
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This series will begin with a foundation session followed by 5 additional webinars covering critical factors that contribute greatly to success:
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- January 13, 2015 ET — Optimal Performance Overview: Applying Open-minded Mindfulness
This session provides a foundation for optimal performance in the basic principles and core models of open-minded mindfulness — the ability to see the big picture and questioning everything while being focused and consciously aware.
- February 10 @ 2pm ET — Performance Improvement: Project Management and Performance
This session addresses the justification for managing projects with the right degree of formality and how to create a sustainable process that adds value.
- March 10 @ 2pm ET — Managing Change: Thriving in Challenging Times
We live in challenging times. This session combines a systems and process oriented view with principles open-minded mindfulness to give participants the edge they need to excel.
- April 14 @ 2pm ET — Managing Expectations
In the end, the sign of a successful project is client and sponsor satisfaction. Satisfaction is achieved when expectations are met. This session discusses the essentials of baseline planning and how to manage expectations to ensure satisfaction.
- May 12 @ 2pm ET — Managing Conflict
Managing conflict means avoiding unnecessary conflict and resolving the remainder in a productive, win-win way. We will distinguish relationship and content conflicts. The seven steps in decision making and their use in conflict resolution will be described along with interpersonal issues that may get in the way of using conflict as an opportunity to improve things; to find better answers. This session draws from my book, Managing Conflict in Projects, which can be made available for participants.
- June 9 @ 2pm ET — Managing Team Communications
Teams are the molecules that get work done in our organizations. We will explore the levels of communication and how a formal approach that promotes openness enables team performance.
Two Options, More Flexibility
- Option 1: Full LED Program Registration — the one-time fee of $125 includes:
- Registration to all 6 live webinars
- Access to the recorded and archived webinars on NAPT.org at your convenience
- Program notebook with presentations and materials
- Access to our Guest Lecturer, George Pitagorsky, throughout and following the program for additional Q&A
- Access to fellow LED participants for ongoing communication and networking
- Certificate of Completion
- Option 2: Individual Webinar Registration — the per-webinar fee of $25 includes:
- Registration to 1 specific webinar only
Meet Our Guest Lecturer
George Pitagorsky, PMP is a well respected author and thought leader in project, process and knowledge management. His perspective is influenced by an extensive career in process management, product development, learning and development, engagement management and project management and by decades of experience in meditation and its application in daily life.
Familiar with the world of pupil transportation, George's tailored program will be anchored in the real world practicalities of school systems and transportation.
Contact NAPT headquarters at email@example.com or 800.989.6278 with any questions.
2014 Summit scholarship deadlines approaching ... get yours in soon!
NAPT Business Partner Zonar Systems and long-time member Peter Lawrence are again offering scholarships for NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. Visit our website and apply for one today!
Each scholarship will cover the cost of conference registration for current NAPT members in good standing (a $399 value). Recipients will be responsible for all other expenses.
The Zonar scholarship is open to directors, supervisors or managers of school transportation operations employed by a transportation department while the Lawrence scholarship is specifically available to driver trainers and front line supervisors. Visit our website for additional details and to download the applications. The application deadlines are approaching, so get yours in today!
Be part of this year's 40th Annual Summit and take advantage of a full schedule with dynamic speakers and exciting networking opportunities. Click here to see our full schedule, and check back often as new features are added.
Not yet registered for the Summit? Register online today!
Prefer paper? Download the Delegate packet and fax your form to 518.218.0867.
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 online or call 800.228.9290. Individuals are encouraged to make reservations early. In order to secure the reduced rate, reservations must be made by October 8, 2014.
Additional rooms are available at The Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown. The Crowne Plaza is a 2 minute walk to the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. To reserve your overnight rooms, please call 888.233.9527 or visit Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown Reservations.
Both hotels are offering the same reduced NAPT rate of $134/night, plus tax (~$158.33/night).
So, mark your calendar and make plans to be in Kansas City, MO November 8-11 for NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. We look forward to seeing you there!
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NAPT & Zonar Systems partner to offer members $50,000 equipment grants
Looking for new, state-of-the-art equipment for your buses? NAPT and Zonar Systems have again partnered to provide grants for $50,000 in the latest school bus security/safety/efficiency equipment. Take advantage of this member benefit and download the grant application here.
The 2014 grants will be awarded to school districts that submit proposals for utilizing Zonar's widely acclaimed Electronic Fleet Management Solutions, including their Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting (EVIR®) system. New for 2014, school districts applying for and receiving the grants will be notified on a rolling basis, allowing them to implement the systems in advance of the 2014-15 school year if they so choose. Recipients will also be recognized in November at the NAPT Summit: Driving Innovation in Kansas City, MO.
Grants are only open to NAPT members in good standing. Please contact NAPT headquarters at 800.989.NAPT (6278) to verify or renew your membership, or join online today! Applications will be accepted in NAPT headquarters through October 15, 2014. Zonar will evaluate the applications and make final decisions on an ongoing basis.
Details on the requirements and application process are at www.napt.org and information about Zonar products and services at www.zonarsystems.com.
Member benefit: training program now available
Exclusive discount for NAPT members!
The School Bus Safety Company (SBSC) and the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) now offer a training program — Safe Practices for Downed Power Lines.
SBSC and NAPT have worked with experts from the power industry to create a training program for the drivers and for the students. These programs address the myths about power lines. They make sure both the drivers and the students understand when they can safely exit the bus. The programs explain what to do when a bus is involved with power lines and how to safely exit the bus if they have to when they are unsure if the line is active or not.
The programs for the drivers and for the students combined are available from SBSC for only $199 plus shipping costs. A special price is available to members of NAPT of $125, plus shipping.
To purchase these programs, contact Kelly Turner (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Janet Greer (email@example.com) or call 866.275.7272.
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NAPT election announcement
During NAPT's Annual Summit this November, elections will be held for directors of Region 2 and Region 4. These positions are currently held by Barry Sudduth, CDPT (Region 2 – Stafford County Public Schools, Virginia) and Kenny Mulder, CDPT (Region 4 – Special School District, Missouri). To see what states each Region covers, click here.
Pursuant to the Article IV, Section 4.21 of the NAPT By-laws: "Any person who wishes to be a candidate for...regional director must be an active individual member as defined in Section 2.11 (1) and have completed two years as a member in good standing before he/she becomes eligible to run for the Board of Directors."
Kenny Mulder, CDPT Nominated for Re-Election
- Anyone interested in running for one of these positions must be nominated by a minimum of two active individual members from their particular Region of the association.
- Regional directors are selected by vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region.
Current Board member, Kenny Mulder, CDPT, Director of Transportation at Special School District (MO) has been nominated for re-election to the Region 4 Director position. Mulder was nominated by Shirley Francis, Executive Director of the Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation; the nomination was seconded by George F. Horne of Horne Enterprises (LA).
Election Dates & Deadlines
ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUESTS — Any NAPT member seeking to vote by absentee ballot must send a written request for a ballot to NAPT headquarters. All requests must be received no later than the close of business on Friday, Sept. 26.
ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAILED TO VOTERS — Official absentee ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters no later than Friday, Oct. 10.
ABSENTEE BALLOT RETURN — All absentee ballots must be received at NAPT headquarters no later than Friday, Oct. 31.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 11. Elections will be held in Kansas City, MO on the Trade Show floor from 10am — 12pm.
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Superintendents urging school bus safety
The state's regional superintendents of schools have a message for the start of the new school: Watch carefully for the big yellow buses. Under Illinois law, Regional Offices of Education oversee bus safety to make sure buses are in proper working order and bus drivers have the training and skills they need to safely get kids to and from school across millions of miles of roads around the state every day.
States collaborate to keep track of students
The Pew Charitable Trusts
For years, Washington state has collected data on students from prekindergarten through college along with workforce statistics to better understand how students move from school to college and jobs. One recent study of dropouts, for example, revealed that about 26 percent of them completed a high school equivalency credential within seven years, while 6 percent spent at least some time in a state corrections facility. And the Roadmap Project, which works to improve student achievement in South King County and South Seattle, learned how many of their former participants graduated from high school or attended college.
School buses at motels: Districts serve 1,400 homeless children
When Tracy Pinkston's youngest son comes home from school, she waits in the shade across the parking lot from the motel they've been living since last winter. He's 10 — young enough not to care about the stigma attached to living on a weekly rate, she said. But her older son used to walk away from the motel after exiting the bus so the other students wouldn't know about his family's desperate situation.
West Virginia state revenue improves but still short
Charleston Daily Mail
Although state tax collections remain about $18.8 million behind expectations for the year, August proved to be a better month than July for revenue. West Virginia missed anticipated tax collections by about $1.3 million for August, according to a new budget report. State budget officials said a delay in one-time money transfers put the state behind $17.4 million to start the financial year, which begins in July.
Which states' kids miss the most school?
September is upon us, and American kids are filling up their backpacks. But lots of kids won't be going back to school — at least not very much. A national report by nonprofit Attendance Works presents a map that zooms in on a statistic called "chronic absenteeism," generally defined as the number of kids who miss at least 10 percent of school days over the course of a year. The measure has become popular among education reformers over the past few years because unlike other measures like average daily attendance or truancy, chronic absenteeism focuses on the specific kids who are regularly missing instructional time, regardless of the reason why or the overall performance of the school.
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School bus safety for special needs students entails training, communication
Times of Trenton
The first day of school is an exciting and special time for students and their families. Parents shouldn't have to worry about whether bus drivers and aides transporting their kids to school have the proper training to ensure safety. This is even more important for special needs students who often cannot communicate when problems arise. For this reason, in the last legislative session, I sponsored A3559, which would have required training for all school bus drivers and aides on interacting with special needs students. While the bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the New Jersey Legislature, unfortunately, it was vetoed by the governor.
Wyoming school buses drive 1 of every 3 miles to activities
Ethete to Moorcroft: 296 miles. Burlington to Lusk: 319 miles. Gillette to Evanston: 449 miles. Not counting the multiple buses that often transport large teams, Wyoming school buses traveled more than 9,000 miles driving students to and from football games around the state Friday. And football season has just begun. One out of every three miles driven by a Wyoming school bus in the 2012-2013 school year was spent transporting students to and from sporting events, field trips, summer school and other activities, according to a Star-Tribune analysis of state transportation data.
Police department keeping closer eye on drivers near school buses
Ocala Star Banner
Sgt. Frank Zadnik, head of traffic for the Ocala Police Department, told the Lane Ranger that several weeks into the school year, some areas of the city were under scrutiny for drivers failing to observe safe driving practices around school buses.
QZAB: The secret funding resource for superintendents
By: Art Stellar
The Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, or QZAB, program has been in existence for 15 years, yet most superintendents know little about it. Therefore, in some states these bond funds go unused year after year until they run out of time and essentially evaporate. The intent of this short piece is to outline the basics of QZAB and show where more information can be obtained. Let's begin to unravel this secret funding source, which is a great way to secure funds for improving schools and student achievement.
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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