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Home   Annual Conference   Members Only   Foundation   Careers Jan. 25, 2011


NAPT Announces Call for Presentations
at the 2011 Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio

Enhance your career and help others by sharing ideas, solutions and innovations with your peers!

Do you have a new, different or unique way of doing things? Have you accomplished more, achieved greater or done better as a result? Do you think you have the talent to help others achieve a similar level of success? If so, then we want to feature YOU at the showcase event in the pupil transportation industry.

For a limited time only, the National Association for Pupil Transportation is accepting workshop and/or demonstration proposals for its 37th "Annual Conference and Trade Show (aka Summit)," Oct. 22 to 27. Winning proposals and speakers will be featured alongside nationally recognized professional speakers at an event that attracts nearly 2,000 school transportation professionals from around the world.

Interested parties are invited to visit and click on the "Annual Summit" tab. A link there will allow you to submit a topic for presentation. Proposals should feature practical information and advice although proposals can also be based on formal papers and research. All proposals must be specifically tailored to meet the administrative or operational needs of pupil transportation professionals.

Proposals must be received no later than March 1. Selected entrants will be invited to participate in the conference by June 1.

NAPT Announces Online PDS Program — Special Introductory Offer!

NAPT is pleased to announce the release of PDS 402 — Managing Human Resources: Employee Relations, the initial public offering of the NAPT Professional Development Series online. Managing Human Resources: Employee Relations offers a practical overview of human resource management for pupil transportation managers and supervisors, focusing on employee evaluation, training and discipline. This course also covers the "how to" of developing accurate job descriptions.

Be among the first to try NAPT's training online and get a special introductory price of just $40 for this course. Our nationally renowned professional development doesn't get much easier or more cost-effective than this! For just $40 you can buy it, learn it and print the course completion certificate to prove you know it — whenever you want.

To sign up, please visit and click on Online PDS.

Once there, add the course to your shopping cart, and you will be taken to an external website for payment processing. Please make sure you enter the email address where you'd like to receive your login information. Creating your account may take up to 24 hours.

Watch for more course release announcements because NAPT and our project partner School Training Solutions™ will be rolling out new courses in NAPT Professional Development Series every month this year. When we're done, there will be nearly 40 different classes for you to choose. And non-members won't always get special pricing like this. So don't wait; try the first course today.

For more information on the NAPT PDS Program, NAPT Professional Certification and other NAPT Member benefits, visit us online at For information about School Training Solutions, please visit

20th National Conference offers NAPT Special Needs Training (SNT) Program
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Join your colleagues at the 20th National Conference & Exhibition of Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers in Kansas City, Mo., from March 11-16. All six courses of the NAPT Special Needs Training (SNT) Program are on the program.

In addition to the SNT program, take part in more than 40 presentations and observe or compete in the 14th Annual Special Needs Team Safety ROADEO. For more information on the NAPT SNT program go to

For more information on the Conference, go to or call (703) 288-4088. Early-bird registration has been extended to Feb. 4. Sign up now and save $100!

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NAPT Free Webinar Series

The NAPT Free Webinar Series

WHEN: 1 to 2 p.m. EST on Jan. 27

WHAT: "Exploring the Peaks and Valleys of Emotional Disturbance"

Click here to sign up for the NAPT free webinar or for SNT 106 Credit.

This webinar also may serve as the coursework required by NAPT's Special Needs Transportation 106: Special Needs Transportation Leadership Seminar. Please note, however, that completion of SNT 101 and two of the following classes — SNT 102, SNT 103, SNT 104 or SNT 105 — are prerequisites for SNT 106.

In order to use this webinar for SNT credit, participants will be required to attend the full webinar and complete and submit a written assignment, which will be emailed to you before the webinar date.

To use the webinar as SNT 106 coursework, please click this link. The price for current NAPT members is $15; for non-members of NAPT it is $50. Non-members should e-mail Brianne for details.

After you are fully registered, you will receive a payment receipt and webinar instructions. For info on the Special Needs Endorsement, please visit this page.

Kathy Furneaux
About the webinar: This comprehensive look at transporting children with behavior disorders will explore the challenges of a child with a behavior disorder on a school bus. Discussions will include the following: understanding these disorders, what they look like, how to diffuse the turmoil they can cause on your buses and what focus you should take in your role as a manager/leader in your operation.

About the host: Kathleen A. Furneaux is a 28-year pupil transportation industry veteran. Starting as a substitute school bus monitor on a special needs bus, she advanced to driver and then transportation director. In 1997, she became a transportation specialist for the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute, in Syracuse, N.Y., and was appointed executive director of PTSI in 2004.

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.


Greatest risk in school travel is not on school buses
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Children are at far more risk traveling to and from school in private passenger vehicles — especially if a teenage driver is involved — than in school buses, says a new report from the National Academies' Transportation Research Board. Bicycling and walking also place students at greater risk than traveling by school bus. More

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High school tries going paperless in pilot program
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A Missouri school district is testing some paperless classrooms — using digital textbooks and taking notes, as well as tests, on computers. The district has purchased 20 Haipad Android electronic tablets for the program. If the test is successful, officials say they will request 400 more tablets. More

Employers tread a minefield
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More companies are facing legal trouble as they try to navigate online social spaces and deal with how their employees use them. A former Georgia high school teacher is suing her district in what she claims was a forced resignation over a Facebook picture, while a medical-transport business may have broken the law by firing someone for complaining about work on Facebook. "For people who are ignoring this and don't think it's a prevalent issue in the workplace, they need to stop being naive," an employment lawyer said. More

Technology aids bus drivers on narrow shoulder lanes
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A driver-assistive system developed by the Intelligent Vehicles Laboratory at the University of Minnesota's Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute integrates sensing, positioning and user-interface technologies to help bus drivers operate safely and comfortably on bus-only shoulder lanes — even in adverse weather conditions and heavy traffic. With funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Urban Partnership Agreement program, buses equipped with the DAS soon will provide express service between downtown Minneapolis and the city's southern suburbs. The project is a partnership between the IV Lab, the HumanFIRST Program in human factors research, the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and Schmitty and Sons Transportation. More

NHTSA fights for safety on all fronts
Department of Transportation Fastlane    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Safety is the Department of Transportation's top priority. And when they say that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is laser focused on road safety, they mean across the board. Everyone knows the Department of Transportation has taken up the fight to end distracted driving. But just because they are now highlighting this emerging phenomenon does not mean that they have stopped spending time and money to persuade people to buckle up, put their children in car seats and not drive drunk. That important work continues unabated. More

No US airline fatalities in 2010
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U.S. airlines did not have a single fatality last year. It was the third time in the past four years there were no deaths, continuing a dramatic trend toward safer skies. Years without deaths have occurred sporadically since the dawn of the jet age, but never have so many occurred in so short a period, according to an analysis of data from the National Transportation Safety Board. The average number of deaths fell from about 86 a year in the 1990s to 46 a year since 2000, a 46 percent drop. More

Fight to end distracted driving continues with FocusDriven 1-year anniversary
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Jan. 20 marked the one-year anniversary of FocusDriven, the first national nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for victims of distracted driving. In a recent blog post, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said FocusDriven President Jennifer Smith and the rest of the organization have done a great job this past year, which culminated in the release of their new PSA, "5,500; How Many More?" This PSA reflects the fact that each year nearly 5,500 people are killed and half a million more are injured in distraction-related crashes. As Smith said, "We cannot wait until others are killed or injured to take action. We want to remind people that each and every distracted driving fatality is someone's loved one, and that person's family is in tremendous pain." More

School buses add cameras to catch drivers endangering children
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School districts nationwide are trying out video cameras as a way to deter drivers from passing buses that are loading or unloading children. Districts in Dallas County, Texas, Montgomery and Frederick counties in Maryland and Cobb County, Ga., are among the latest to test the cameras on some school buses in their fleets. Michael Warner, associate director of fleet maintenance for the Cobb County School District, says an incident there in December 2009 prompted them to install cameras on two of their buses last spring. More

Urban mobility report paints flawed picture of congestion, solutions
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The Urban Mobility Report is an important reminder that too many Americans are stuck without good options for efficient, safe and affordable travel in our cities and towns. It is especially timely as Congress prepares to reset priorities for investing the transportation trust fund. However, it must be noted that flaws in the UMR's analysis could lead to faulty conclusions about what the report indicates. More

What can the US learn from European parking policies?
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Making parking more expensive and less convenient, encouraging residents to trade in parking permits for transit passes and dedicating parking revenue for things like bike sharing programs. According to a new report, these are just a few of the strategies that cities like Amsterdam, Zurich and Barcelona employ to make their streets more bike-and pedestrian-friendly — while reducing pollution. A new report by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (a group that plans transit systems for cities worldwide) called "Europe's Parking U-Turn: From Accommodation to Regulation," details an approach to parking that would make most American politicians and retailers blanch. "European cities are deliberately making driving less convenient, but while they're doing that, they're boosting bike infrastructure and transit availability," said ITDP's Michael Kodransky. More

Room service in Terminal B
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Almost every night, stranded travelers can be found sleeping inside the terminals of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. "This is the new reality," said James Crites, DFW's executive vice president for operations. "You're becoming a hotel." These days, airlines are canceling flights more readily due to bad weather and other disruptions. Rebooking is trickier than ever — as many discovered during the recent snowstorms in the South and Northeast — because airlines have reduced their schedules and are running at capacity. As a result, passengers should prepare for the dreaded airport sleepover. Now, however, airports are doing more when they become the hotel of last resort. 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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