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Another NAPT Professional Development Series online course has just been released!

701 — Introduction to Leadership and Management
This course presents an introduction to leadership and management, defining the role of leadership for both experienced and novice managers. This course discusses different leadership models and explains how different models must be used with different individuals and in different circumstances. This course also details strategies for developing a work force into a committed team that has the preparation to get the job done right and the creativity to find even better ways to function.

Currently 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 302 — Budget Development
PDS 303 — Procurement and Budget Management
PDS 402 — Managing Human Resources
PDS 403 — Labor Contract Negotiations and Management
PDS 405 — Student Needs & Management
PDS 501 — Overseeing a Fleet Maintenance Program
PDS 502 — Advanced Shop Maintenance
PDS 503 — School Bus Specifications
PDS 601 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling I
PDS 602 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling II
PDS 605 — School Transportation Contract Management
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 nonmembers for $100.

Or visit our website, for more information.

To find out more about our partner in this endeavor, School Training Solutions, please visit


"In Case You Missed It..."
We now have more than a dozen NAPT Summit presentations available for you to see. View our most popular workshops and some of your favorite speakers including Peggy Burns, Linda Bluth and more. Also included are NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman and Mike Martin's closing keynote. Click here to start browsing.

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Obama seeks to double auto fuel economy by 2025
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In an historic move to boost fuel efficiency, the Obama administration recently proposed to nearly double the required miles per gallon for passenger cars and light trucks by 2025. The formal proposal follows President Barack Obama's agreement with 13 major automakers, announced in July, to gradually boost these vehicles' fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 miles per gallon — up from the current standard of 27.3 mpg. Last year, the administration finalized rules to hike the standard to 35.5 mpg by 2016. More

This holiday season, make your flight even safer with these simple travel tips
Department of Transportation Fastlane    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Another year has passed, and the holiday season is upon us once again. With tens of millions of Americans set to take to the air this week and throughout the next six weeks, travelers need to take an active role in aviation safety. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood writes, "As I've mentioned before, we operate the safest transportation system in the world, but we can all take a few simple steps to keep ourselves and our loved ones even safer this holiday season, and every time we fly." More

Keeping students safe on the bus
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VideoBrief There are more than 400,000 school buses on the road, transporting more than 24 million kids to school, home and to other related activities. The first priority is keeping those little ones safe. More

TSA implements new security procedures to ease holiday travel
Fox News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than 23 million people will travel through U.S. airports for the Thanksgiving holiday, and this year the trip through security might be a little less of a hassle. The Transportation Security Administration is unveiling new security measures this week aimed at easing long lines and frustration among passengers. More

Study: Cyberbullying associated with greater psychological distress than bullying at high school
The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
High school students who are bullied online are more likely to report symptoms of depression and suicide attempts than students who were bullied only at school, according to a recent survey of students in the communities west of Boston. The study, which appears on the website of the American Journal of Public Health, also found that girls are more likely than boys to report being victims of cyberbullying, and students who do not identify themselves as heterosexual are more likely to report being bullied online and at school. More

Gas paradox: Falling demand, rising prices
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. gasoline demand has dropped to a 12-year low, yet consumers are paying the highest-ever prices for this time of year. The reason: Rising global oil prices are in the driver's seat. More

10 ways to change the minds of tech-reluctant staff
eSchool News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We often hear about tech-savvy educators and administrators who have an array of best practices and whose love for technology is evident. But as anyone who's ever been part of a school or district knows, not all teachers and administrators are as comfortable or familiar with technology. More

Aging bus fleet driving increase in maintenance costs
The Conway Daily Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Conway, N.H., School District's bus replacement schedule has gone off course due to a New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration ruling on last year's school budget. Jim Hill, director of administrative services for SAU 9, explained that the loss of a capital reserve fund warrant article for buses in the amount of $135,000 throws a monkey wrench in the rotation and replacement schedule. The schedule was already being stretched by the district's desire to run the buses for more miles and longer years. More

Study ranks top congested freeway corridors in US
SmartPlanet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How congested are your city's highways? Although it may come as little surprise to residents of Los Angeles, the city's metro area is home to 7 of the top 10 most congested corridors in the country. San Francisco and New York have the dubious honor of rounding out the top ten, according to the Texas Transportation Institute's 2011 Congested Corridors Report. More

Machines simulate, teach about impaired, distracted driving
Yankton Daily Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
All it takes is one careless moment behind the wheel of a vehicle to create a tragedy. That's the lesson Mount Marty College students in Yankton, S.D., recently learned while using two Virtual Driver Interactive simulators that demonstrate the consequences of impaired or distracted driving. More

House GOP proposes expanded oil drilling to fund transportation spending
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House Republicans recently proposed an expansion of domestic oil production to fund a long-term transportation spending bill, a plan that set the stage for a showdown with Senate Democrats who don't want highway funding coupled with drilling for new oil. House Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) said he hopes to pass a multi-year surface transportation bill by year's end that would serve as the centerpiece of a GOP jobs plan. He said expanded drilling could "provide a new revenue stream for infrastructure repair and improvement." More

Bullying: We're against it, but can we agree on a definition?
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Culturally, almost all of us have come to understand that bullying is unacceptable. Unlike a few decades ago — or less — when harsh schoolyard treatment was overlooked, most states now ban bullying and schools have adopted anti-bullying programs. Obviously, it remains a problem. Part of the reason may be that the language that bans bullying tends to be vague and open for interpretation. That's often by design. Though we can all agree that bullying is wrong, we can't agree on exactly what it is. 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 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 Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.


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