Program Schedule*

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Friday, November 3

7am - Early Check-in Opens

8am-5pm - NAPT PDS Course
  • PDS 609: Accident Investigation
8am-12pm - NAPT PDS Courses
  • PDS 501: Overseeing a Fleet Maintenance Program
  • PDS 607: Legal and Regulatory Fundamentals in Pupil Transportation
  • PDS 802: Positioning, Seating & Securing of Students with Disabilities & Special Needs
1-5pm - Regular Check-in Opens

1-5pm - NAPT PDS Courses
  • PDS 302: Budget Development
  • PDS 403: Labor Contract Negotiations and Management

Saturday, November 4

7am - Check-in Opens

8am-12pm - NAPT PDS Courses
  • PDS 304: Data Driven Decision-Making (Option 1)
  • PDS 604: Transportation Program Planning and Evaluation (Option 1)
8am - NAPT Business Meeting & Opening Session

9:15am - NextPloratory Sessions
  1. Strategy Applied to Human Capital
    Thought Leader: Raymond Melleady, Executive Vice President, USSC Group
  2. How Much Do You Really Know About School Choice?
    Thought Leader: Joshua Cunningham, Senior Policy Specialist, National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL)
  3. Business Intelligence: Differentiating Actionable Data from Informational Data
    Thought Leader: James Regan, Capital Works 
11am - NextPloratory Sessions 
  1. Are You a Nice Boss, or a Good Boss, or Both?
    Thought Leader: Karen Main, Innovations In Training 
  2. Mock IEP 
    Thought Leaders: Alexandra Robinson, M.Ed., CDPT-SNT, Executive Director, Office of Pupil Transportation, New York City Department of Education & Launi Harden, CDPT-SNT, Director of Transportation, Washington County School District (UT)
  3. Let's Get Real: Our Role in Illegal Passing
    Thought Leader: Peter Mannella, Executive Director, NY Association for Pupil Transportation; Ron Kinney, QET Management Services & Sandy Dillman, Director of Transportation, Apple Valley Unified School District (CA) 
12:30pm - Lunch on Your Own

1-5pm - NAPT PDS Courses
  • PDS 304: Data Driven Decision-Making (Option 2)
  • PDS 604: Transportation Program Planning and Evaluation (Option 2)
1:30pm - Special Event: Innovation in Action
Empowering the Most Important Feature on the Bus, The Driver
Join us and experience driver assistive technology for yourself. Through multimedia presentations and interactive demonstrations you’ll discover how this cutting-edge technology leads to better drivers, safer rides, and more positive experiences for everyone on the yellow bus. This is must-see technology and your opportunity to experience the future
Brought to you in collaboration with Thomas Built Buses

7pm - NAPT Evening Event sponsored by Thomas Built Buses

Sunday, November 5

7:30am - Check-in Opens

8am-12pm - NAPT PDS Courses
  • PDS 203: Communication Skills for Transportation Professionals
  • PDS 801: Transporting Students with Disabilities & Special Needs
9am - Keynote Session: Be a Mentor, Change a Life
Speaker
: Stacey Bess

10:15am - NextPloratory Sessions
  1. How will autonomous vehicles impact pupil transportation in the next decade
    Thought Leader: Raymond Melleady, Executive Vice President, USSC Group
  2. Generational Differences in the Workplace
    Thought Leader: Karen Main, Innovations In Training
  3. Staff Management: Recruiting, Interviewing, And Selecting
    Thought Leader: Lori Miller, Developing Professionals 
12pm - Lunch on Your Own

1-4pm - NAPT Certification Exams

1-5pm - NAPT PDS Courses
  • PDS 506: Transportation Facility Planning
  • PDS 803: Specialized Equipment on the School Bus
1:15pm - NextPloratory Sessions
  1. What Do You Do When…Problem-Solving Session for Fleets Serving Disabled & Non-disabled Students
    Thought Leaders: Peter Lawrence, Ed.D., CDPT, Director of Transportation, Fairport CSD (NY); Alexandra Robinson, M.Ed., CDPT-SNT, Executive Director, Office of Pupil Transportation, New York City Department of Education; Marisa Weisinger, Executive Secretary, Texas Association for Pupil Transportation (TAPT) & Launi Harden, CDPT-SNT, Director of Transportation, Washington County School District (UT)
  2. The Business Case for Cleaner Buses With or Without Government Funding
    Thought Leader: Sam Spofforth, Executive Director of Clean Fuels Ohio 
  3. Employer Brand: Strategic Tool To Attract, Recruit, And Retain Talent
    Thought Leader: Lori Miller, Developing Professionals
3pm - Headliners & Spinoffs
  1. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): New and Updated Regulations You Need to Know & Understand
  2. NAPT Driver Shortage Survey Results – Part 1: Recruitment
  3. State Association Partners: Tech to Help Associations
  4. Fully Charged: A Look at Electric Buses with Blue Bird Corp
7pm - NAPT Evening Event sponsored by IC Bus

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6

7:30am - Check-in Opens

8am-12pm - NAPT PDS Course
  • PDS 603: Transportation System Infrastructure
8am - Headliners & Spinoffs
  1. The School Bus Driver Safety & Risk Index
  2. NAPT Driver Shortage Survey Results – Part 2: Retention
  3. A Look at Ohio State DOE's Driver Training Program 
  4. NASDPTS Illegal Passing Survey
9:45am - NextPloratory Sessions
  1. Topic: Professional Branding through LinkedIn
    Thought Leader: Terry Sullivan, Integrated Marketing and Social Selling Strategist, BuzzPro 
  2. How to Apply for and Maximize VW Settlement Funds
    Thought Leader: Dominick Brook, Ernst & Young 
  3. Crunching Numbers: State Budgets in the Current Fiscal & Political Environment
    Thought Leader: Daniel Thatcher, Program Principal, National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL)
11:25am - Federal Issues Forum: Updates from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Speaker: Honorable Christopher A. Hart, Member, NTSB

12pm - Lunch on Your Own

1-5pm - NAPT PDS Course
  • PDS 805: Supporting Safe Behavior on the School Bus for Students with Disabilities & Special Needs
1pm - Keynote Session: How High Can You Bounce?
Speaker
: Roger Crawford
Sponsored by Blue Bird Corp

2:15pm - New Product Showcase

4:15pm - Breakout Sessions
  1. Social Media Strategies
    Speaker: Terry Sullivan, Integrated Marketing and Social Selling Strategist, BuzzPro
  2. Survey Says! Results of National Survey on Effective Strategies for Dealing with Student Misbehavior on Buses
    Speaker: Josh Hendrix, Ph.D., RTI
  3. Yellow Bus Ridership Survey Results
    Speaker: American School Bus Council
  4. Seat Belts on the Yellow Bus: Who, Where, When & How
    Speaker: Amanda Essex, Research Analyst, National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL)
9pm - NAPT Evening Event Sponsored by Zonar

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7

7am - Check-in Opens

9am-3pm - 43rd Annual NAPT Trade Show
  • NAPT PDS 804: Products, Services & Equipment Options for Transporting Students with Disabilities & Special Needs
3:15pm - Final Business Meeting & Closing Keynote Session
Speaker
: Jia Jiaing

5pm - New Ideas Exchange/Closing Event

*Subject to change

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The annual NAPT Conference & Trade Show is consistently recognized as the premier school transportation conference in the nation. This year's enhanced program design will inspire student transportation professionals at all levels to think differently and tackle common challenges in thoughtful, innovative ways