Agenda

(As of 9/21/22. Subject to change.)

Tuesday, November 8

Orientation
6:30 p.m.
Orientation

At Embassy-Suites.

Welcome Reception
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Welcome Reception

Topgolf The Colony

Transportation provided by Frisco ISD
Sponsored by

 

Wednesday, November 9

Keynote
8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
The Courage to Live and Lead in the Face of Adversity: It’s All About Relationships

Relationships may be one of the most important variables for effectively transporting students with disabilities and special needs. The challenges of building relationships are based on the 4 C’s: Communication, Collaboration, Cultural Competency and Caring. This motivational keynote is filled with “tips from the trenches” to help you keep your students, staff and community safe and healthy so they can learn more and live better. It is packed with cutting-edge information, practical strategies and heartfelt stories about mental health, kindness, the power of words, the trauma-informed brain (adverse childhood experiences), social-emotional learning, stress management, wellness, and school and community climate and safety.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephen Sroka

Sponsored by

Session
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Managing Risks in All Environments of Special Ed Transportation

Facilitator: Charlie Hood

Panelists: Glenda Pruitt, Jay Thurber, & Caleb Williams

Session
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Advocating for the Best Standard of Care

Students with disabilities can’t always advocate for themselves but they should be taught to do so or the system who serves then must provide that option. This session will discuss the many opportunities that exist so parents, passengers and operators can create a program that focuses on the students’ abilities rather than disabilities.

Facilitator: Alexandra Robinson

Panelist: Jerad Castor & Sharon Shannon

Session
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Sensitivity Training for School Bus Drivers & Attendants

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 through interaction and hands-on activities. We will focus on making each of us being aware of ourselves and recognize how members of our team may differ in their attitudes and behavior toward others. This includes people who are different in race, color, gender, religion, age, ability, sexual orientation, ethnicity. Your take-away will be a renewed awareness, attitude, and behaviors towards others.

Speakers: Theresa Anderson & Josy Campbell

Session
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Educating Team Members in What You Need to Know: Developing the Individualized Transportation Plan

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 don't know what information you need and it's 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.

Presented by Sue Shutrump

Lunch
12:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own
Special Training
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Show Me the Money: Beginning Grant Writing for Student Transporters

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.

Maximum of 30 participants | Separate registration required

Presented by Jean Paulsel, Ph.D., CFLE

Session
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Foundations of Special Needs Transportation

Understanding the basics of transporting students with disabilities is key to a successful transportation operation and necessary to ensure students arrive safely and ready to learn. This session will provide participants with the legal and operational foundations of IDEA; help guide audience members on the differing disabling categories and serve as an overview of all that is required by federal and local regulation with practical discussion.

Presented by Alexandra Robinson, Ed.D.

Special Training
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Wheelchair Securement Boot Camp Training

Hosted by AMF-Bruns of America

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, 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.

Limited Seating Available l Certification will be provided upon completion of this course.

Facilitated by Maritza Valentin

 Sponsored by 

Thursday, November 10

Keynote
8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Transporting Students with Disabilities: Steering Clear of Legal Hotspots

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.
Keynote Speaker: Vickie L. Coe

Keynote Sponsored by

Coffee Sponsored by

Sponsored Session
9:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Real-world Scenarios: Where Tech Meets Team to Improve Outcomes for Students & Staff

A host of technology solutions exist today with the promise of making student rides safer and more efficient. But all the GPS, student tracking and parent apps in the word are only as good how they are used and the documentation of the student riders and their needs. Communication remains the most important tool that when used utilized alongside technology can move the needle from just getting by to proactive decision-making for the best, appropriate service for students and their families as well as clearly defined roles and responsibilities of transportation staff. Accomplishing this requires an inclusive team approach. This session will provide common scenarios experienced by student transporters and lessons learned from an alternative transportation provider that when viewed through a different lens can forge a seamless relationship between the role of technology and the supporting team to meet the needs of your most vulnerable students, in the process ensuring their students safety and well-being.

Speaker: Megan Carey

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Session
9:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Eliminating the Divide: Developing Winning Relationships Between Vendor Partners & Student Transportation Providers

This presentation provides an opportunity to enhance school transportation professionals and vendors relationships by discussing mutual areas of interest and promoting school transportation safety for children with disabilities.

Facilitator: Linda Bluth

Panelists: Kim Martin, Anthony Shields, Mike Jones & Maritza Valentin

Session
9:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Disinfecting or Damaging? Infection Control for Students with Disabilities in Buses

Facilitator: Ryan Gray

Panelists: Richard Cooper, Bobby Williams, & Charlie Vits

Session
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Emergency Planning Strategies for Special Needs & Preschool Transporters

Facilitator: Winship Wheatley

Panelists: Launi Harden, Kala Henkensiefken, & Diandra Neugent

Session
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Creative Routing to Overcome Length of Ride Issues Caused by Bus Driver Shortages

Facilitator Tony Corpin

Panelists: Frank Gazeley, Kim Martin, & Pete Salinas

Sponsored Session
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Value of Reliability When Planning Transportation for Students with Disabilities

A consistent, positive experience on the way to school is important for every student — but it’s especially vital for students with disabilities, who thrive on structure and regularity. Research suggests it can take considerable time for a  child with disabilities to regain focus after disruptions, including long trips to school. When a trip to school starts off on the wrong foot, it can translate into a negative learning environment for the entire school day.

When transporting students with disabilities, consistency is about building a dependable system and process around transportation so students can expect the same experience, day in and day out.

In this session, HopSkipDrive will partner with a district partner to share:

  • Insights into unique transportation needs for students with disabilities

  • What a consistent and positive student experience looks like for students with disabilities, based on key research

  • How to create dependable systems with resource-constrained transportation departments

  • How to communicate consistency to staff, and ensure documentation and implementation

  • How to gain parents & caregivers buy-in

  • Technology’s role in creating a consistent student experience

Facilitator: Stephen F. Fusco

Sponsored by 

 

Lunch
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Lunch & Learn: Student, Parent & Transporter Perspectives on Alternative Fuel Schools Buses for Children with Disabilities

Every child deserves to have a safe, clean, healthy ride to school. Propane is the environmentally friendly option to achieve that goal, and the cost-effective option to ensure students with disabilities and special needs have the chance to ride in these upgraded buses just like their peers. Propane buses can easily accommodate all students, and with a quiet ride, students arrive ready to learn. In this session, hear from Type A and Type C bus operators, as well as a parent and student about how propane autogas school buses have benefitted students and school districts across the country.

Facilitator: Stephen Whaley

Panelists: Jack Kendrick, Shawn Kendrick, & Kelly Rhouden

Sponsored by 

Sponsored Session
2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Enhancing Skill Sets: Ensuring Transportation Personnel Training Matches the Special Needs of Children
Zum and SPED Safe partnered to develop a six-part core transportation series that provides transportation professionals with the background knowledge to enhance their ability and skill sets in transporting students safely to and from school and arriving ready to learn. This session will provide essential information to assist student transporters in developing professional learning opportunities within their own organizations that support the safe and effective transportation of students with disabilities. Dr. Paul Lavigne and Dr. Scott Turner, founders of SPED Safe and executive directors in large, multi-district special education consortiums in California, will discuss their experiences in serving students with disabilities and responding to challenges with transportation in various roles they have held. Attendees will walk away feeling empowered to go beyond the status quo in proactively supporting staff and students with disabilities on their routes.
 
● Attendees will learn strategies for working with existing special education department staff to plan for professional learning
● Attendees will be able to identify high-leverage professional learning topics that will positively impact transportation for students with disabilities
● Attendees will understand the importance of ongoing professional development for the professional growth, job satisfaction, and driver recruitment/retention of an operation
 
Speakers: Paul Lavigne & Scott Turner, SPED Safe
 
Sponsored by Zum and SPED Safe
Session
2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
How to Develop a Special Needs Transportation Procurement Plan

Facilitator: Chris Thomas

Panelists: Launi Harden, Tony Pollard. & Kayne Smith

Session
2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Exploring the Evolution of Best-Practice Principles in Transporting Students Who Use Wheelchairs, Part I

Research and real-world experience have prompted the evolution of basic safety tenets important to follow when transporting passengers who use wheelchairs. Join us for a discussion of these best practices as well as a review of the rationale behind them. Use of wheelchair tiedowns, occupant restraint systems, adapted equipment securements and postural supports systems will all be addressed in this informative and interactive session.

Facilitator: Sue Shutrump

Panelists: Laura Blankenship, Fred Doelker, & Miriam Manary

Session
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Exploring the Evolution of Best-Practice Principles in Transporting Students Who Use Wheelchairs, Part II

Research and real-world experience have prompted the evolution of basic safety tenets important to follow when transporting passengers who use wheelchairs. Join us for a discussion of these best practices as well as a review of the rationale behind them. Use of wheelchair tiedowns, occupant restraint systems, adapted equipment securements and postural supports systems will all be addressed in this informative and interactive session.

Facilitator: Sue Shutrump

Panelists: Laura Blankenship, Fred Doelker, & Miriam Manary

Session
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Lessons Learned from Expert Witness Work on Legal Cases Involving Transportation of Students with Special Needs

Facilitator: Charlie Hood

Panelists: Alex Robinson & Winship Wheatley

Trade Show
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Trade Show & Tailgate Reception

Trade Show & Tailgate Reception

Sponsored by

                  

Friday, November 11

Session
8 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
Navigating IDEA: Implementing Appropriate Transportation Services for Children with Disabilities

This presentation provides an opportunity to take inventory of ones knowledge about navigating the IDEA. Both relevant historical information and new information is presented. Audience scenarios are provided to enhance interactive learning.

Facilitator: Linda F. Bluth, Ed.D.
Panelists: Launi Harden, Alexandra Robinson, & Sue Shutrump

Trade Show
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Trade Show + Lunch

Trade Show + Lunch

Session
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Building Transportation Supports Through Team Collaboration

Facilitator: Sue Shutrump

Panelists: Laura Blankenship, & Sandy Dillman

Session
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
What Special Needs Transporters Need to Know About Vehicle & Equipment Maintenance

Speaker: Bobby Williams

Session
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Top 10 Tips & Tricks for Resiliency for Students with Autism

Facilitator: Jocelyn Taylor

Session
3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Avoiding Seclusion & Restraint in a Transportation Environment

Not to be confused with child safety restraint systems, seclusion and restraint practices were originally developed to address out-of-control student behavior in special education classroom settings to avoid injury to the student or others. But the practices can be misapplied. The U.S. Department of Education advises seclusion and restraint only be used when a child's behavior poses an imminent danger. It generally should never be used in a school bus environment? Or could it be? If so, when and what training is necessary of staff?

Facilitator: Alexandra Robinson,

Panelists: Josy Campbell & Fred Doelker,

Special Training
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Wheelchair Securement Training

Receive instruction from Q’Straint/Sure-Lok representatives on proper securement of wheelchairs in school buses. This class is a refresher class for TSD Roadeo contestants as well as main conference attendees.

Hosted by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok

Saturday, November 12

Roadeo
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Roadeo at Prosper ISD

Transportation provided

Session
9 A.M. – 10:15 A.M.
Early Intervention: Serving Children Under 4

How is transportation notified/involved when decisions are made for universal Pre-Kindergarten or promised transportation for all under 4 but you don't have the resources.

Facilitator: Jay Thurber

Session
9 A.M. – 10:15 A.M.
The Basics of Sign Language to Ease Communication on the School Bus

Speaker: Eliza Clement

Special Training
10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hands-on School Bus Evacuations for Students with Special Needs & Preschoolers

Obtain a better understanding of evacuation best practices and know-how to properly and quickly get students of all ages off the bus before they even board. This all-day training will take place at Prosper ISD. Transportation will be provided. It will combine classroom instruction with hands-on practice on real buses. Learn the importance of knowing student information and their individual capabilities, training students and staff, the role of dispatchers, creating seating charts, and developing an evacuation. The hands-on training includes a blanket drag, belt cutting, wheelchairs, and timed evacuation in a bus filled with theater smoke to simulate a fire.

Transportation provided to and from Prosper ISD
Speakers: Denny Coughlin, Launi Harden, Aaron Harris, & Diandra Neugent

Session
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Efficiency Doesn't Necessarily Equate to Consistency for Students & Families

Determining the appropriate selection of vehicles other than school buses to transport students in the name of efficiency requires understanding the needs of the students. How can decisions made for fiscal or operational efficiency reasons lead to unintendended negative consequences for both students and their parents?

Facilitator: Fred Doelker

Panelists: Kala Henkensiefken & Mike Jones

Session
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
HR: Ensuring the Right People are in the Right Positions

Speakers: Quanika Dukes-Spruill, Anthony Shields, Kayne Smith, & Caleb Williams

Lunch
11:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch

Lunch on Your Own

Closing General Session
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Transitioning Higher Functioning Students into Traditional Routes

Speaker: Jocelyn Taylor

Closing General Session
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
You Can't Blame Everything on COVID-19: Managing Extended Services Offered to Students in Challenging Times

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 the stress and workload and increase employee satisfaction. Be prepared to receive takeways for your trip home.

Speaker: Quanika Q. Dukes-Spruill

 

Roadeo Banquet
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Roadeo Banquet

Sponsored by 

Sunday, November 13

Special Training
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
NHTSA Child Passenger Safety on School Buses National Training

The newly updated 2022 Child Passenger Safety on School Buses National Training provides an overview of the use of child safety restraint systems on school buses, with a focus on pre-school aged children and children with disabilities. Instructional videos are incorporated throughout the training. Participants are provided time for hands-on practice with guidance from skilled staff members. Nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will earn 5.5 continuing education units (CEUs) for course completion. This training will take place offsite at Prosper ISD.

This seminar is available to as an add-on to Main Conference registration, or can be taken by itself. Registration and fees required. 

Held offsite at Prosper ISD. Transportation provided.
Instructors: Denise Donaldson, Fred Doelker, Kala Henkensiefken, Miriam Manary, Diandra Neugent, Susan Shutrump & Charlie Vits