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Zonar Systems Summit scholarship deadline approaching ... get yours in today!
NAPT Business Partner Zonar Systems is again offering scholarships for NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. Visit our website and apply for one today!
This 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. Visit our website for additional details and to download the application. The application deadline is September 23, 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).
A small room block is available at the Hotel Philips, less than 1 block from the Marriott. The room rate is $139 + tax. Click here to make reservations.
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!
Are you 'America's Best'?
Many of your colleagues from around the nation are traveling to Kansas City, MO for NAPT's America's Best Training & Skills Challenge this November 7-11; won't you join us?! 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:
Download the registration materials today. For additional information about this year's America's Best event, please contact NAPT's Project Specialist Janna Smeltzer at 800.989.6278 or email@example.com.
- Hands-on Skills Training
- Classroom Education
- Friendly Competition
- Peer-to-Peer Connections
- National Recognition
NAPT still accepting 2014 award nominations
Help us recognize excellence in the pupil transportation industry! With our Annual Summit only weeks away, NAPT is still accepting award nominations for the following:
Visit http://napt.org/about/awards/ to learn more about each of these awards, and to download nomination forms.
- NAPT Distinguished Service Award
- Continuing Education Award — sponsored by Thomas Built Buses
- Heroism Award — sponsored by Blue Bird Bus Corporation
- School Bus Driver Training & Safety Award — sponsored by IC Corporation
- Special Needs Transportation Award — sponsored by Sure-Lok
- NAPT Hall of Fame
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.
Click here to register!
This series will begin with a foundation session followed by 5 additional webinars covering critical factors that contribute greatly to success:
Reserve Your Space Today!
- 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
Contact NAPT headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.989.6278 with any questions.
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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."
Barry Sudduth, 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, Barry Sudduth, CDPT, Director of Transportation for Stafford County Public Schools (VA) has been nominated for re-election to the Region 2 Director position. Sudduth was nominated by Cheryl Fisher, Director of Transportation for Fauquier County Public Schools (VA); the nomination was seconded by Justin Sarver, Director of Transportation for Orange County Public Schools (VA).
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.
Latest NAPTV episode released: National Congress of School Transportation
You asked for it, so here it is — another episode of NAPTV! In this episode, learn more about the National Congress of School Transportation (NCST) from NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin.
Watch it to the end and you might win a prize! The first person that sends us an email with the correct answer to a question Mike asks about the 2015 Congress will receive a packet of School Bus Safety note cards from NAPT. Or, you might receive an official NAPT baseball cap.
Take a look at the most recent episode, share it with your colleagues and friends, and stay tuned for more throughout the year.
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NAPT recertification reminder
Exciting news for those NAPT Certified members that earned the Director, Supervisor and Specialist certifications prior to 2011; your recertification deadline has been extended to December 31, 2015. Click here for the Recertification Packet.
In order to recertify, you must maintain a continuous annual NAPT membership as well as achieve a minimum number of points as follows:
The points must be accrued and submitted along with recertification form and a payment of $25.
- Specialists must accumulate 10 points in the last 3 years
- Supervisors must accumulate 20 points in the last 3 years
- Directors must accumulate 30 points in the last 3 years
Members with certification dates in 2012 through today are required to submit recertification requirements every three years following certification. For example, a 2012 certification date means a 2015 recertification date. If you're wondering when you're due for recertification, or have any questions regarding NAPT's Professional Development Series and Certification programs, please contact our Education Specialist, Josh Bresett, at email@example.com or 800.989.NAPT (6278).
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Natrona County, Wyo., transit costs per student are below state average
Though the Natrona County School District is seeking to cut travel costs with its new school bus hub in downtown Casper, Wyoming, a Star-Tribune analysis of state transportation data suggests the district's costs are close to those of another district that has used the hub concept for 30 years. The analysis also suggests Natrona County is transporting students more cost-efficiently than in Cheyenne, where students attend neighborhood schools.
The accountability timeline: Putting students first
Education Week (commentary)
Building a good idea, like building a good structure, takes time, talent, and contributions from various fields of knowledge and expertise. Let's take a skyscraper for example. The work requires funding, understanding of purpose, and a vision for design. It will involve architects, lawyers, steelworkers, electricians, plumbers, perhaps stone workers, drywall installers, interior designers ... and a whole lot more. The plans need to be clear and detailed, informed by expertise and understanding of the project, its limitations, its strengths and its possibilities. After all, we want a skyscraper that does not fall down.
Impatient drivers, school bus cameras have eye on you
Detroit Free Press
Macomb County, Michigan, drivers should be extra careful maneuvering around school buses, especially in two school districts. They are testing out cameras that can catch impatient drivers who illegally pass school buses that stop to pick up and drop off children. For years the Macomb County Sheriff's Office has partnered with districts to help identify such motorists. But in a demonstration they had — during an event designed to raise awareness of school bus safety — they highlighted the technology that will allow them to have photographic evidence of violators.
Be safe around school buses
For many students, the new school year means riding a school bus in the morning and afternoon. And for many parents, administrators, bus drivers and motorists, that means taking extra care to ensure safety is observed inside and outside the school bus. PennDOT recorded 46,085 licensed school bus drivers operating 31,268 registered school buses in 2013. There were 1,535,957 students being transported on a daily basis. Safety is paramount.
Trying to stretch money for athletic travel can leave some schools road-weary
After the athletic department at Colonial looked for ways to save on travel expenses, Jennifer Cooper became one of the girls. It was just Cooper, her twin daughters and their friends, talking about whatever came to mind as they went to and from the Grenadiers' cross country practices and meets a couple of years ago. Cooper was always behind the wheel of her sport utility vehicle, connecting with daughters Emily and Catherine Perkinson while adhering to the rules of the road. Not even the stain on the SUV's floor, caused by a five-gallon bucket of Gatorade that spilled, could dampen the mood.
Promoting positive parent-teacher communication
By: Brian Stack
Ask teachers what they wish they had more time to dedicate to in their job, and better communication with parents will almost always be at the top of their list. The reality is that teachers want parents to be informed. But once the school year gets going, parent communication often takes a back seat. Teachers quickly fall into the habit of calling home only when they have bad news to report, and that makes for an unhealthy relationship between parents and teachers.
School bus inspection reports soon to be done electronically
Grand Haven Tribune
When inspectors from the commercial vehicle enforcement division of the Michigan State Police start the new cycle of inspections, reports will be completed electronically. As inspectors check more than 17,000 vehicles, which transport more than 800,000 students, they will place a sticker with a QR code in the window.
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Study: Cyberbullying increases as students age
University of California — Riverside via Science Daily
As students' age they are verbally and physically bullied less but cyberbullied more, non-native English speakers are not bullied more often than native English speakers and bullying increases as students' transition from elementary to middle school. Those are among the findings of a wide-ranging paper just released.
Buses may be coming for West New York children with long walks to school
The Jersey Journal
West New York Mayor Felix Roque has put together a plan to bus the children left with a long walk to a temporary school while renovations are being done at their original school. "It's a gracious offer," town superintendent of schools John Fauta said of the letter he received from Roque yesterday. In that letter, the mayor offered town funds to pay for buses for Harry L. Bain School students who now attend school at the St. Joseph of the Palisades Elementary School building, located at 54th Street and Broadway.
Looking to share your expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of NAPT Dispatch, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NAPT, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
Chronically late school bus prompts SFUSD to adjust pickup times
The San Francisco Examiner
Students at Rooftop Elementary School in California were accompanied by an unusual presence on one of the school's two morning buses this month: their principal. On Sept. 4, principal Jeff Slater-Cote rode bus No. 612 along the 2A route — which picks up children from four stops in the Bayview — to investigate the vehicle's chronic tardiness since the beginning of the school year Aug. 18. The bus reportedly arrived at school 25 minutes late, at 8:15 a.m., the day Slater-Cote rode it.
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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