Agenda

(As of 1/27/22. Subject to change)

Friday, March 18, 2022

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

NHTSA Child Passenger Restraint Training Class
Instructors: Kathy Anneken, Denise Donaldson, Susan Shutrump & Charlie Vits
Limited Seating | Separate registration and fees required

This training session approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration teaches the proper securement of pre-school aged children in appropriate child safety restraint systems (CSRS) on school bus seats. It provides the basic rules of proper CSRS usage and illustrates the most common mistakes made when installing CSRS in school buses. Continuing education units (5.5 CEUs) are approved by Safe Kids Worldwide for all registered attendees who complete the course work. Attendee must attend and complete all 8 hours to receive credit.

1 – 3 p.m.
Q’STRAINT/SURE-LOK Hands-on Training

1 – 5 p.m.
Understanding the Foundations of Special Needs Transportation
Presenters: John Benish, Rosalyn Vann-Jackson & Alexandra Robinson

This informative panel of experienced industry experts will explore “why we do what we do” to provide safe and effective transportation to our most vulnerable students. Interactive discussions will focus on the foundations of IDEA and regulations, collaboration with special educators, and operations.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

8 a.m. – Noon

Show Me the Money: Beginning Grant Writing for Student Transporters
Instructor: Jean Paulsel,  Ph.D., CFLE
Limited Seating | Separate registration required

Student transporters are continuously in need of more funding. Do you know where to find programs that can supplement school district or Head Start agency budgets for transporting students with disabilities and preschoolers? Learn from a certified family life educator who has won over $111 million in grants for her nonprofit clients, many of which specialize in early education and related services. Jean Paulsel leads this half-day training that provides the in’s and out’s of identifying relevant grant programs and applying for them. Don’t have a grant writer on staff? No problem.

8 a.m. – Noon

Transporting Students with Disabilities: Steering Clear of Legal Hotspots
Speaker: Vickie L. Coe

This presentation will include a discussion of IDEA, Section 504, ADA, FERPA, and FAPE issues when transporting students with disabilities. During this interactive presentation, attendees will discuss and process lessons learned from critical case law in an effort to identify- and proactively prevent- potential legal hotspots.

8 a.m. – 4 p.m

Roadeo Competition at Frisco ISD (Transportation provided)

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Emergency Evacuation Drill of a Special Needs Bus at Frisco ISD
Instructors: Denny Coughlin, Aaron Harris, Launi Harden, & Russell Newbold
Limited Seating | Separate registration and fees required / Transportation provided

Join student transportation experts in a classroom setting to review best practices for a successful emergency evacuation of students with disabilities and preschoolers, followed by an exercise on a school bus that mimics a real-life route that is servicing students with various physical disabilities as well as younger riders. Complicating the exercise will then be the introduction of fake smoke on the bus to hinder the visibility of attendees as the practice evacuating the “children” during a fire. The instructors will time the participants on how quickly they can evacuate the bus. The seminar will provide instruction on the proper evacuation of students who ride in wheelchairs and who use various child safety restraint systems. Tools used by participants will include evacuation and fire blankets, belt cutters and more. Held offsite at Frisco ISD. Bus transportation & lunch provided.

2 – 3:15 p.m.

Managing Risk in All Environments of Special Ed Transportation
Facilitator: Charlie Hood
Panelists: John Benish, Kayne Smith, TBD

2 – 3:15 p.m.

Session Sponsored by ALC Schools
TBD

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Early Intervention: Serving Children Under 4
Presenter: Jay Thurber

How is transportation notified/involved when decisions are made for universal pre-K or promised transportation for all under 4 but you do not have the resources?

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Your New Best Friend: How a Child Passenger Technician Can Help Student Transporters
Presenter: Denise Donaldson
 
Did you know that nearly 40,000 certified child passenger safety technicians (CPSTs) are available across the country to help anyone in the public, including student transporters? Join a CPST instructor to find out how to tap into the services these individuals provide, as well as other free resources from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and learn why doing so can improve your organization’s training, day-to-day, and compliance activities.
Sunday, March, 20, 2022

8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Keynote: 
Yellow Submarine: Building Capacity in the Transportation of Students with Disabilities
Presenter: Ben Springer, Ph.D.

9:30 a.m. – Noon

ASPEN on the Bus: Managing Aggressive Behaviors
Presenter: Ben Springer, Ph.D.

2 – 3:15 p.m.

Exploring the Evolution of Best-Practice Principles in Transporting
Students Who Use Wheelchairs, Part I
Presenters: Susan Shutrump, Laura Blankenship & Miriam Manary

2 – 3:15 p.m.

Session Sponsored by First Student
TBD

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Exploring the Evolution of Best-Practice Principles in Transporting
Students Who Use Wheelchairs, Part II
Presenters: Susan Shutrump, Laura Blankenship & Miriam Manary

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Session Sponsored by Hop Skip Drive

5:30 – 8 p.m.

TSD Madness Trade Show Reception

Monday, March 21, 2022

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Trade Show

2 – 3:15 p.m.

Lessons Learned from Expert Case Work Specific to Special Ed Transportation
Facilitator: Charlie Hood
Panelists: Alexandra Robinson & Winship Wheatley

Student transporters never want to go to court to answer for an incident on or around the school bus or other forms of transportation. But when legal cases arise, there can be much to learn from the outcome. Hear from expert witnesses who work on some of these cases to understand how service can be improved by school districts and bus companies, alike.

2 – 3:15 p.m.

Vendor Routing Software Panel
Facilitator: Tony Corpin
Panelists: Representatives from Edulog, Transfinder, Tripspark & Tyler Technologies

How can routing software be used to its fullest potential when transporting students with special needs?

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Educating Team Members in What You Need to Know:
Developing the Individualized Transportation Plan
Presenter: Susan Shutrump

Are you frustrated with the lack of commitment from some IEP team members in relaying important information to contribute to transportation planning? Could it be that they truly do not know what information you need and it is relevance to a safe ride? Come to this session reviewing a new resource to educate and guide multi-disciplinary teams in what information is vital and why.

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Wheelchair Securement Boot Camp Training
Hosted by AMF-Bruns of America
Limited Seating | Separate registration required

At this Training Boot Camp, student transporters will learn to train with AMF Bruns’ recently launched automatic and self-tensioning Silver Series retractors. With this course, school transportation professionals will be provided the tools to support and teach their teams proper safety techniques, which included hands-on training. The key objective to this course include: Overview of equipment, securing the wheelchair, and securing the occupant with a different variety of occupant securements, Understanding your vehicle floor anchorages, WC 18 and WC 19 and understanding the regulation; identifying a WC 19 wheelchair, Raising awareness about risks of not properly securing passengers, Deboarding passengers, and Passenger sensitivity/etiquette.

Certification will be provided upon completion of this course.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Keynote:
The Courage to Live and Lead in the Face of Adversity: It’s all about Relationships
Presenter: Dr. Stephen Sroka

10:45 a.m. – Noon

Self-Advocacy for Students with Disabilities and Understanding Transition
Facilitator: Alexandra Robinson
Panelists: Meredith Englemeyer & TBD

Know when to push back on administrative decisions that you feel create unsafe practices for your students with disabilities or that violate the least restrictive environment.

10:45 a.m. – Noon

Spec’ing a Special Needs School Bus
Presenter: Launi Harden

Participants will discuss the decision-making process on specifying the equipment necessary for their students to access school.

2 – 3:15 p.m.

Human Resources: Ensuring The Right People are in the Right Positions
Facilitator: Rosalyn Vann-Jackson
Panelists: Anthony Shields & Fernando Zambrano

2 – 3:15 p.m.

Avoiding Seclusion & Restraint in Transportation Settings
Facilitatro: Alexandra Robinson
Panelists: Josy Campbell & Sandy Dillman

What do seclusion and restraint mean, and how can transportation plans or reactions border on or become the practices?

3:30 – 5 p.m.

Emergency Planning Strategies for Preschool Transporters
Presenter: Chris Allen & Diandra Neugent

Learn how to create or refine your operation’s training procedures for preparing school bus drivers, monitors and students to respond to emergency situations for your youngest riders.

3:30 – 5 p.m.

Sensitivity Training for Drivers and Attendants
Presenters: Theresa Anderson & Josy Campbell

The past few years have desensitized the world. This session is built so attendees become aware of their own goals as well as any blind spots to others. We will become aware of our individual awareness, attitudes and behaviors towards others with differences through group interaction and hands-on activities.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Closing General Session
You Can’t Blame Everything on COVID: Managing Extended Services Offered to Students
Facilitator: Alexandra Robinson
Panelists: Theresa Anderson, Sandy Dillman & Rosalyn Vann Jackson

How are decisions being made by school districts to “remedy” service interruptions and to avoid litigation by extending services or offering new services to students impacting transportation? Is extended school year or other compensatory services resulting in new best-practices that might not be necessary or appropriate? This panel will discuss strategies student transporters can employ to reduce stress and workload and increase employee satisfaction. Be prepared to receive takeaways for your trip home.

Conference Concludes