Program Schedule*

Friday, October 26

7am - Early Check-in
 
8am-5pm - 8-Hour NAPT PDS Course

  • PDS 609  

8am-12pm - NAPT PDS Courses

  • PDS 304
  • PDS 601
  • PSD 801

1-5pm - Regular Check-in Opens
 
1-5pm - NAPT PDS Courses

  • PDS 303
  • PDS 604
  • PDS 802


Saturday, October 27

7am - Check-in Opens

7:30-11:30am - NAPT PDS Courses

  • PDS 204
  • PDS 704

8am - NAPT Business Meeting & Opening Session
 
9am - Breakout Sessions

  • Lessons Learned from the Courts & Case Law
    Speakers: Dr. Linda F. Bluth, Emeritus Member, NAPT Special Needs Advisory Committee (MD) & Susan Shutrump, OT/PT Supervisor, Trumbull County Educational Service Center (OH)
  • On-Demand Services & Their Impact on Student Transportation
    Speaker
    : Tim Ammon, Chief Business Development Officer, TransPar Group of Companies
  • Fleet Maintenance & Replacement – Purchase vs. Lease
    Speaker
    : David Anderson, CDPT, Owner, Anderson Consulting, LLC
  • Hiring and Engaging Veterans: Why it Makes Sense and How to Do It 
     

10:15am - NextPloratory Sessions

  • Understanding the American Academy of Pediatrics's Report: Ensuring Student Safety
    Thought Leaders:
    Joseph O'Neil, MD, MPH, FAAP, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics; Kathy Furneaux, Executive Director, Pupil Transportation Safety Institute (PTSI); Susan Shutrump, OT/PT Supervisor, Trumbull County Educational Service Center (OH) & SNAC Panel
  • Analyzing the Driver Shortage: New York State Case Study
    Thought Leader:
    Peter Mannella, Policy Matters
  • School & Mass Shootings in America: What Now?
    Thought Leader:
    Jaclyn Schildkraut, Ph.D., Assistant, Professor of Public Justice, State University of New York at Oswego

12-5pm - Special Live Action Event
 
7pm - NAPT Evening Event – sponsored by Thomas Built Buses
 

Sunday, October 28

7:30am-5pm - Check-in Opens
 
8am-12pm - NAPT PDS Courses

  • PDS 404
  • PDS 505
  • PDS 803

8am - Breakout Sessions

  • Driving Technology with IC Bus 
    Speaker
    : Trish Reed, Vice President & General Manager, IC Bus
  • Zip. Zero. Nada. None. (Z2N2) 
    Speaker
    : Mike Martin, Executive Director, NAPT
  • Ensuring a Comfortable, Compliant Workplace Culture
    Speaker
    : Teresa Hess, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • Operational Analytics: Having Conversations with Data - A Case Study
    Speakers
    : Brad Aemisegger, Director of Transportation, Toledo Public Schools (OH) and James Regan, Capital Works

9:15am - NextPloratory Sessions

  • Using Bell Times Studies to Maximize Routing Efficiency
    Thought Leaders
    : Tim Ammon, Chief Business Development Officer, TransPar Group of Companies & Keith Henry, CDPT, Director of Transportation, Lee's Summit R7 Schools (MO)
  • Hot Topics: Handling High-Risk Situations on the Yellow Bus
    Thought Leaders
    : Dr. Linda F. Bluth, Emeritus Member, NAPT Special Needs Advisory Committee (MD); Launi Harden, CDPT, Director of Transportation, Washington County School District (UT); Alexandra Robinson, M.Ed., CDPT, Executive Director, Office of Pupil Transportation, New York City Department of Education & Marisa Weisinger, Executive Secretary, Texas Association for Pupil Transportation (TAPT)
  • The ABCs of School Choice: Understanding the Current Infrastructure
    Thought Leader
    : Martin Lueken, Ph.D., Director of Fiscal Policy and Analysis, EdChoice

11am - Breakout Sessions

  • Mediation and Mindfulness
    Speaker
    : Dr. Dionne Kress, Leadership Coach, Groove Fitness
  • Emerging Technology: Integrated Roadways 
    Speaker
    : Tim Sylvester, Founder & CEO, Integrated Roadways
  • Driver Assistive Technologies – The 411
    Speaker
    : Leslie Kilgrove, VP of Engineering, Thomas Built Buses
  • Medical Emergency Trauma Care
    Speaker
    : Bret Brooks, Gray Ram Tactical, LLC

Lunch on Your Own
 
1-4pm - NAPT Certification Exams
Pre-registration is required

 
1pm - Headliner/Spinoff Sessions

  • From Birth to 3 – Understanding Your IDEA Transportation Obligation for Pre-K and Early Intervention
    Speakers
    : Kathy Furneaux, Executive Director, Pupil Transportation Safety Institute (PTSI); Alexandra Robinson, M.Ed., CDPT, Executive Director, Office of Pupil Transportation, New York City Department of Education & Susan Shutrump, OT/PT Supervisor, Trumbull County Educational Service Center (OH) 
  • Wi-Fi on the Bus: How Raytown School District (MO) Decreased Behavior Referrals
    Speaker
    : Kevin Easley, Transportation Director, Raytown Quality Schools (MO)
  • Alternative Transportation: When it’s Needed and How to Implement
    Speaker
    : Megan Carey, VP Business Development, ALC
  • Mastering the Process of Specifications and Bidding
    Speaker
    : David Anderson, CDPT, Owner, Anderson Consulting, LLC

3pm - NextPloratory Sessions

  • Stress to Success Assessment
    Thought Leader
    : Dr. Dionne Kress, Leadership Coach, Groove Fitness
  • Driver Screening: Critical Component to Hiring, Evaluating & Training Staff
    Thought Leaders
    : Catherine Hickem and Mark Gauthier, The Dash Group; Keith Henry, CDPT, Director of Transportation, Lee's Summit R7 Schools (MO); Alfred Karam, Director of Transportation, Shenendehowa CSD (NY)
  • The Future is Here: Deploying and Funding Electric School Buses
    Thought Leader
    : Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur, Director, Transportation Efficiency, VEIC 

7pm - NAPT Evening Event – sponsored by IC Bus

                       
Monday, October 29

7:30am-6pm - Check-in Opens
 
8am - Headliner/Spinoff Sessions

  • Special Needs Routing Strategies – Top 10 Mistakes
    Speakers
    : Launi Harden, CDPT, Director of Transportation, Washington County School District (UT) & Peter Lawrence, Ed. D., CDPT, Director of Transportation, Fairport CSD (NY)
  • Busing on the Lookout (BOTL): Training America’s School Bus Drivers to Identify & Report Human Trafficking
    Speaker
    : Annie Sovcik, Director, Busing on the Lookout, Truckers Against Trafficking
  • Managing Your Parts Department
  • NAPT Certification: What's it All About?
    Speakers
    : Don Paull, CDPT & Donald Tudor, CDPT, NAPT Foundation Vice Presidents

10am - Breakout Sessions

  • Driver & Attendant Relationship: Team Collaboration
    Speakers
    : Teena Mitchell, CDPT, CSNT, Special Needs Coordinator, Greenville County Schools & Marisa Weisinger, Executive Secretary, Texas Association for Pupil Transportation (TAPT)
  • Prepping Your Department for the Future: Succession Planning for the Transportation Director
    Speaker
    : Shawn Smith, Director of Transportation, Aurora Public Schools
  • Staying Power: Keys to Employee Retention
    Speaker
    : Keith Henry, CDPT, Director of Transportation, Lee's Summit R7 Schools (MO)
  • ELDT: How It's Going to Work in Our Industry
    Speaker
    : Jack Van Steenburgh, Chief Safety Officer and Assistant Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

11am - General Session: Celebrating Excellence
Facilitator
: Theresa Anderson, NAPT Region 5 Director
Each year NAPT honors student transportation professionals at every level for helping make student transportation the safest, most effective way for 26 million children to get to and home from school each day. Let’s celebrate the tremendous accomplishments and commitment to the industry this year’s recipients have demonstrated throughout their careers. Find out who this year's recipients are by visiting napt.org
 
Lunch on your own 
 
1-5pm - NAPT PDS Courses

  • PDS 608
  • PDS 805

1:30pm - Vendor New Product Showcase
Be the first to see and hear what's new in the student transportation industry! Learn how these new products/services will improve efficiency, save money and/or increase safety at your operation. The list of participating vendors will be available soon!
Bonus: attendees at this session will be entered into a prize giveaway and must be present to win. 

3pm - General Session
Speaker
: Michele Beckjord, MFS, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
 
8pm - NAPT Evening Event: Tailgate Party – Sponsored by Zonar 

                       
Tuesday, October 30

7am-1pm - Check-in Opens – Convention Center Lobby
 
9am-3pm - NAPT Trade Show: The BIG Show
Lunch will be served on the Show floor

  • PDS 804

3:30-5pm - Final Business Meeting & New Ideas Exchange Round Table Discussions 
Facilitator: 
Tony Civitella, CEO, Transfinder
Gather one last time to discuss key takeaways from the full event while collaborating on ways to implement new ideas and strategies inspired by this year’s program. This is a great opportunity to keep conversations going and make lasting connections before heading home.

*As of 09/17/18. Subject to change


The annual NAPT Conference & Trade Show is consistently recognized as the premier school transportation conference in the nation. Our goal is to inspire NAPT Conference Delegates to connect with one another; communicate best practices and tackle common challenges and collaborate on ways to advance the student transportation industry.