Education for student transportation professionals
Children deserve a quality education, and this means they need to be able to get to and from school ready to learn. The School Transportation Network aims to provide possible solutions and strategies to overcoming the challenges society faces when attempting to provide safe, efficient and cost-effective transportation for the nation's school children. It is presented by School Transportation News, a monthly news and feature magazine that reports on current events affecting school districts, school transporters, educators, parents, public policymakers, and the private enterprise that support them. Webinar topics include transportation technology, alternative fuels, maintenance, management, operations and more.
The main goal of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is to teach independence and life skills to special needs students. But student transporters often miss the boat by not appropriately or adequately training this student population on how to best use the school bus to learn life skills, including bus safety. By following the lead of special education teachers, student transporters can help students with special needs with hands-on practice and demonstrations in the environment where they are best equipped to learn: The classroom.
Learn how Cobb County Schools near Atlanta, GA upgraded its bus transportation communications and vehicle- and time-tracking capabilities with AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk with Integrated Dispatch and Actsoft® from AT&T.
What does your training program say about planning to evacuate students with disabilities? What about preschoolers? Do you train them at all? Does your training include the planning steps to be successfully prepared to evacuate their bus? Learn the steps each school bus operator should undertake toward developing a successful plan.
The director of East Bay Clean Cities Coalition and director of fleet services for the City of Oakland, California, will define the most common types of alternative fuel and clean air vehicle grants available for school bus and "white fleet" vehicles nationwide. Fresh off presenting at the STN EXPO, he will identify potential grant funding sources at federal, state and local levels, highlight some recent clean air school bus grant projects, demonstrate how to locate potential grant funding opportunities, identify current some grant funding opportunities, and illustrate how to remain up to date on grant funding opportunities.
The School Transportation Network webinar series returns June 24 as Doug Spiller, Rotary Lift's heavy duty product manager, discusses: the proper methodology for lifting every type of heavy-duty bus or truck; how to make good saddle and adapter choices; the importance of safety in operator and maintenance training, and; how to keep your lifts in tip-top shape through inspection and maintenance.
Learn the benefits of entering into partnerships with law enforcement and the judicial system for prosecuting motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses. School districts experienced in working within their municipalities to make school bus stops safer for their students will share best practices as well as how these agreements have freed up school bus drivers and other transportation staff to focus on what they do best.
Learn how AT&T's mobile solutions with GPS technology are helping to make school transportation more efficient and safer during this free webinar. AT&T’s mobile resource management solutions go beyond basic vehicle tracking to include vehicle diagnostic reporting, driver-to-dispatch communication via Enhanced Push-to-Talk devices, driver time management, and more. Join Mobile County Public Schools' Pat Mitchell and Boerne (Texas) ISD's Craig Radtke as they discuss transportation communication solutions with John Moscatelli, AT&T's director of transportation and AVL solutions.
School buses provides students with disabilities valuable travel training opportunities. Federal law requires that these students be provided with rides to and from school, and the yellow school bus is a vital part of educating those same children on how to rely on public, mass-transit services. The school bus teaches lessons on independence, self reliance and safety that can benefit students with disabilities for the rest of their lives. Join school transportation consultant Ted Finlayson-Schueler, owner of Safety Rules!, as he discusses how and why student transporters must understand the concept of travel training and offers suggestions on how to develop and implement concepts into their operations. He is scheduled to be joined by two special education teachers and a school psychologist from Clarkstown (N.Y.) Central School District.
In one year, school districts and bus companies must have two-way radio systems that comply with an FCC requirement for a minimum narrowband of 12.5 kHz from the current requirement of 25 kHz. Learn why it is imperative to ensure compliance in advance of the Jan. 1, 2013 deadline and what student transporters can expect in terms of coverage and infrastructure. This webinar is sponsored by Motorola.
Student transportation personnel are likely to see changes in the children under their watch. They see children when they are happy and excited, as well as when they are sick, hurt or upset. More than 100,000 children are missing and exploited, and 700,000 children are abused and neglected each year. Join Dr. Duane L. Dobbert, professor of forensic studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, to learn the nature and behavioral patterns of stranger child predators as well as the behavioral changes seen in children who may be abused. Dobbert will also discuss the critical role school bus drivers play in identifying child sexual predators and children who are being abused, and how drivers and student transportation departments should be involved with Amber Alert systems.
TSA conducts security exercises with various highway modal industry stakeholders each year. This Webcast will discuss the best practices and the lessons learned over six school transportation security exercises conducted since 2009. These exercises have included school transportation operators that operate from rural to large inner city areas, school districts, as well as federal, state and local first responder and law enforcement agencies.