Program Schedule*

All conference program sessions, including PDS courses, will take place at the Hyatt.

Friday, November 1

6:30am - Early Check-in - PDS Courses registrants only
8am-5pm - 8-Hour NAPT PDS Course

  • PDS 609: Accident Investigation  

8am-12pm - NAPT PDS Courses

  • PDS 205: Managing the Media
  • PDS 604: Prioritizing & Evaluating Operational Safety
  • PDS 801: Transporting Students with Disabilities & Special Needs

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

  • PDS 304: Best Practices When Collecting, Analyzing and Using Data 
  • PDS 402: Managing Human Resources: Employee Relations 
  • PDS 802: Positioning, Seating & Securing of Students with Disabilities & Special Needs

Saturday, November 2

7am-5pm - Check-in Open

8am - Business Meeting & Opening Session
Master of Ceremonies: Barry R. Sudduth, CDPT, CSNT, NAPT President (Stafford County Schools, VA)
  • Pledge and Presenting of Colors featuring the Columbus City Schools Junior ROTC 
  • Association Business & NAPT Update
  • TED Talk featuring a "visionary thinker with rare intellect"

9am-12pm - NAPT Certification Exams
Pre-registration is required. Please contact our Education Specialist Janna Smeltzer at for more information.

9am - Opening Keynote: Drive Towards Zero
Steve McMahon, Director of Safety Innovation, MITRE
Earlier this year NAPT® announced our latest campaign — Zip. Zero. Nada. None. — designed to take pupil transportation safety to the highest level possible. To help officially kick off this safety campaign, we're excited to have Safety Innovation expert Steve McMahon of MITRE join us in Columbus. McMahon has devoted his career to working proactively to identify safety trends and assess the impact of changes across industries. During his session, he'll connect the dots between collecting safety data, analyzing the data to identify areas of safety risk (areas for improvement), and reporting and tracking the improvements. Join us for Drive Towards Zero Saturday, November 2 at 9am.

10am - Break

10:30am - NextPloratory Sessions

  • Adapting to Change: How Advanced Technology and Safety Systems are Changing Your Operations
    : Charles Chilton, Director of Integrated Product Development, IC Bus and T.J. Thomas, Marketing Director, Electronics Group, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
  • Adapting to Change: How Advanced Technology and Safety Systems are Changing Special Needs Transportation
    Darren Reaume, National Training Manager, Q'Straint /Sure-Lok
  • Increased Productivity: Happiness is Key
    : Karen Main, Founder & CEO, Innovations in Training

11:45am - Lunch on Your Own

1-5pm - NAPT PDS Courses

  • PDS 504: School Bus Manufacturing
  • PDS 803: Specialized Equipment on the School Bus

1pm - General Session & Panel Presentation: Coalition Building & Strategies for Success
Mike Martin, NAPT Executive Director

2:30pm - Break

2:45pm - NextPloratory Sessions (repeated from earlier)

  • Adapting to Change: How Advanced Technology and Safety Systems are Changing Your Operations
    : Charles Chilton, Director of Integrated Product Development, IC Bus and T.J. Thomas, Marketing Director, Electronics Group, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
  • Adapting to Change: How Advanced Technology and Safety Systems are Changing Special Needs Transportation
    Darren Reaume, National Training Manager, Q'Straint /Sure-Lok
  • Increased Productivity: Happiness is Key
    : Karen Main, Founder & CEO, Innovations in Training

7pm - NAPT Evening Event – sponsored by Thomas Built Buses

Sunday, November 3

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

  • PDS 607: Legal and Regulatory Fundamentals in Pupil Transportation 
  • PDS 805: Supporting Safe Behavior on the School Bus for Students with Disabilities & Special Needs

8:15am - Keynote Presentation: Navigating Our Multigenerational Workforce
Mindy Feldbaum, Vice President, WorkforcePrograms, AARP Foundation
Today's multigenerational workforce has an impact on student transportation operations. During this session, we'll discuss both the challenges and opportunities while addressing the following questions:

  • How can they reinvent themselves in their current workplace?
  • What are some strategies for staying relevant in a rapidly changing environment? (Technology, Multi-generational colleagues)
  • What can they do to prepare for a new career altogether? 

Plus, we'll talk about ways organizational structures can shift to accommodate multiple generations, the value of mentor-mentee relationships, and how organizations should be preparing for the departure of older, experienced employees. Whether you're a millennial or baby boomer, this session will help you navigate today's unique workforce. 

9:20am - Keynote Session: The "I" in Team
: Karen Main, Founder & CEO, Innovations In Training
Strong teams don’t magically happen because of just one person’s influence. Strong teams are built when each member decides to participate fully and authentically each and every day. In this interactive workshop, we’ll learn the elements that define a high-performing team, then, a challenging activity will give you the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be on the team when everyone participates fully – or will someone on your team sabotage your efforts? You’ll walk away with a better understanding of the importance of active participation by each and every member on your work teams and what you can do to contribute more fully to your team’s efforts.

10:20am - Break

​10:45am - NextPloratory Sessions

  • Fire Suppression Systems: Understanding the Importance & How they Work
    Speaker: Jeff Kreuger, Fogmaker
  • Can We Get Physical? Exploring One Successful Driver Physical Fitness Program
    : Alfred Karam, NYCDPT, Director of Transportation, Shenendehowa CSD (NY)
  • Watt's It All About? A Panel Discussing Electric Schools Buses

12pm - Lunch on Your Own
1:30pm - General Session: Using Data Creatively to Tell Your Story
Speaker: Amy Avery, Chief Intelligence Officer, Droga5
Amy Avery uses data to study human behavior. Where other people see a website, Avery sees heat maps, click paths and conversions that present the exciting opportunity to gain insight into what people think, feel and do as they take in information and make decisions.
As the mother of two teenage children that commute via bus from midtown Manhattan to Harlem each day for school, Avery has developed some unique insights into the power of data and its role in school transportation. Join us in Columbus and learn how she has used data to help her clients make informed choices, as well as the risks and opportunities she sees in the data-rich environment that is school transportation.

2:45pm - NAPT® Peer2Peer Learning Experience
The student transportation industry is ever-evolving. Operators are consistently seeking ways to increase safety and efficiency, and there are numerous technologies available to help accomplish desired results. Join us for the first-ever NAPT® Peer2Peer Learning Experience, a session designed to facilitate information and idea-sharing. Throughout the afternoon you’ll hear – directly from your peers – how they identified and addressed various challenges they faced in their operation. We’ll cover everything from GPS and routing software to child detection systems and fire suppression.   

7pm - NAPT Evening Event – sponsored by IC Bus        

Monday, November 4

7:30am-6pm - Check-in Open
8am - NextPloratory Sessions

  • Lap-Shoulder Belts – Evolution and Implementation
    : Derek Graham
  • Traffic Safety & the School Bus
    : Sheriff John Whetsel (retired), National Sheriffs Association
  • Tablet Solutions: How Tomorrow’s Technology Drives Today’s Leaders
    : Kim Rentner, Solutions Consultant, Tyler Technologies

9:20am - Keynote Presentation: Federal Issues Forum
: Honorable Bruce Landsberg, Vice Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board

10:30am - Break

11am - General Session: Celebrating Excellence
: 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. 
11:45am - Lunch on your own 

1:15pm - Keynote Session: Illegal Passing Town Hall Meeting - sponsored by Safe Fleet
: Michele Beckjord, MFS, National Transportation Safety Board
Invited Participants: Congresswomen Jackie Walorski (R-IN) and Julia Brownley (D-CA); Jeremy Gunderson, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); National School Transportation Association (NSTA); National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS)  

2:15pm - Break

2:45pm - General Session: Rethinking Motivation
Speaker: Karen Main, Founder & CEO, Innovations In Training
During this facilitated discussion, we'll explore the concept of motivation. With a thought-provoking TED Talk as our guide, participants will better understand what drives individuals (employees) to succeed. 

8pm - NAPT Evening Event: Tailgate Party – Sponsored by Zonar - Room: Delaware A

Tuesday, November 5

7am-1pm - Check-in Open – Greater Columbus Convention Center Lobby
9am-3:30pm - NAPT Trade Show: Our Future. Right Here. Right Now.
Lunch will be served on the Show floor

  • PDS 804

3:30 - Final Business Meeting 

*As of  September 24, 2019 - Subject to change

The annual NAPT® Conference & Trade Show is consistently recognized as the premier school transportation conference in the nation. Be part of our industry's future - join us in Columbus!