Conference Speakers and Trainers

2022 Keynote Speakers & Trainers

Vickie L. Coe

Saturday, March 19
8 a.m. — Noon

 

Transporting Students with Disabilities: Steering Clear of Legal Hotspots
This interactive and entertaining group-think, half-day seminar will include a discussion of IDEA, Section 504, ADA, FERPA, and FAPE issues when transporting students with disabilities. Attendees will discuss and process lessons learned from critical case law in an effort to identify and proactively prevent potential legal hotspots.
Coe Biography:

Vickie Coe represents school districts in the area of education law with a focus on special education and school disability law-related matters. Vickie defends school districts when complaints are filed with the Michigan Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules, and other state and federal tribunals and courts pertaining to claims arising out of, but not limited to, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Michigan Mandatory Special Education Act, Section 504, The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, Title VI, Title IX, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Recognizing that litigation is rarely a client’s first choice, Vickie works with clients to negotiate resolutions when complaints are filed to negotiate amicable resolutions. When litigation is necessary, Vickie vigorously fights for your rights. Working closely with school districts to train its staff on proactive ways to avoid compliance issues, Vickie regularly provides professional development to clients and their staff. In addition, Vickie regularly presents at the Winter and Summer Institute Professional Development Conferences hosted by the Michigan Association of Administrators for Special Education, professional development seminars organized by public school districts throughout the state of Michigan, and webinars hosted by Clark Hill.

Jean Paulsel, Ph.D., CFLE

Saturday, March 19
8 a.m. — Noon

 

Show Me the Money: Beginning Grants Writing

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.

This seminar requires separate registration at no extra charge. Class size is limited to 30 participants.

 

Dr. Ben Springer

Sunday, March 20
8 a.m. — Noon

ASPEN on the Bus: Managing Aggressive Behaviors

Unless you’ve spent some time on the “Yellow Submarine,” you just don’t understand. Disruptive and dangerous student behaviors take on a whole new dynamic on the bus. It is critical that school systems align the training of managing aggressive student behavior across both school and bus environments. Dr. Ben Springer, a national certified and award-winning school psychologist as well as author, presents an opening keynote followed by an overview of his “ASPEN on the Bus” curriculum that addresses safety on the school bus, especially managing students with dangerous or aggressive behaviors. Students with special needs who are struggling in school are spending a lot of the time on the school bus as well and need support. So do the drivers, attendants and other transportation staff who are providing these children services.

All conference attendees will receive a free individual subscription to Dr. Ben’s training courses, a $195 value. District packages with an unlimited subscription will also be available for purchase.

Springer Biography:

Ben Springer is the director of the Family Education Center at Wasatch County School District in Utah as well as an award-winning and nationally certified school psychologist and the founder of Totem PD. He is also a former director of special education for the school district and before that a school bus attendant for students with special needs. Ben received his master’s and doctoral degrees in educational psychology at the University of Utah and has studied psychological assessment, counseling, school-wide positive behavior supports, bullying prevention programs, parental involvement, evidence-based practice, autism, and social skills instruction. Ben has become a popular speaker and presenter in the State of Utah for his keynote addresses on Autism (“Autism is a Burrito”) and ADHD (“ADHD: The Goods”) presenting at the University of Utah, St. Mark’s Hospital Rounds, Heber Valley Pediatrics, Summit Pediatrics, Utah Valley University and the Southwest Educational Development Center. In March 2021, his book “GPS: Good Parenting Strategies: The No-Guilt Survival Guide for Parenting During the Pandemic and Beyond” was published. He is also the author of the 2018 book “Happy Kids Don’t Punch You in the Face: A Guide to Eliminating Aggressive Behavior in School.” 

Dr. Stephen Sroka

Tuesday, March 22
9 a.m. — 10:30 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.
Dr. Stephen Sroka has spoken worldwide with The Power of One message, how one person can make a difference. Steve died while presenting a school in-service. A principal, two SRO’s and others saved his life and changed his message. He now talks about how you need The Power of Many, how it takes a team, to make a lasting difference.
Research-based and reality-driven, this session offers honesty, humor, and hope. It stresses the importance of Resiliency and the 4 P’s: Purpose, Passion, Pride and Persistence. It will warm your heart, stir your soul and ignite your brain. It has been said that it can even change your life professionally and personally. Let’s see if it can spark the fire and the WHY within you.

Sroka Biography:

“Boy is retarded,” reads the top of Dr. Stephen Sroka’s third-grade report card. In ES, he was mocked for having a crossed eye and a speech impediment. He was crippled in a high school fight. Doctors said, “Listen to your teachers.” The more he listened, the smarter the teachers became. His high school counselor told him that he didn’t have the IQ to go to college, but he didn’t know that Steve had the I WILL. He learned to live with the gifts of ADHD and dyslexia. His struggles to become a teacher made him a better educator.
He went from the “projects” to being inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. He was awarded The Walt Disney American Outstanding Teacher of Health and received the Outstanding School Health Educator Award and Fellow status from the American School Health Association. Recently, he was named the Person of the Year for The International Association for Truancy and Dropout Prevention and received the first-ever School Health Leader Award from the American Public Health Association.
Today, he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, and president of his company, Health Education Consultants.
He travels the world striving to reach, elevate and inspire with The Power of One message. After a cardiac arrest, he realized that The Power of One was not enough. He needed The Power of Many. We all do. He now believes that one person can make a lasting difference with the power of many, and that is his WHY.

2022 Break-out Speakers

Confirmed as of 1/13/22. Subject to change.

Theresa Anderson
Anderson Consulting
Littleton, Colorado

Laura Beth Blankenship
Physical Therapist
Knox County Schools in Tennessee

Josy Campbell
Assistant Director of Transportation
Harrison School District Two in Colorado

Tony Corpin
Publisher
School Transportation News

Denny Coughlin
School Bus Training Company

Sandy Dillman
Director of Transportation
Tomball Independent School District in Texas

Launi Harden
Retired Director of Transportation
Washington County School District in Utah

Aaron Harris
National Sales Manager
Besi, Inc.

Charlie Hood
Retired Executive Director
NASDPTS

Rosalyn Vann-Jackson
Executive Director of Enrollment & Support Services
Broken Arrow Public Schools in Oklahoma

 

Miriam Manary
Lead Research Engineer
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Russell Newbold
Early Childhood Transportation Consultant

Alexandra Robinson
Consultant, Expert Witness & Tenured Faculty

Sue Shutrump
NHTSA CPS Technician & Tenured Faculty

Maritza Valentin
National Sales Manager
AMF-Bruns

 

Tenured Faculty
Sue Shutrump

Sue Shutrump

Alex Robinson

Alex Robinson

Tenured Faculty Emeritus
Linda Bluth

Linda Bluth

Peggy Burns

Peggy Burns

Pauline Gervais

Pauline Gervais

Kathy Strotmeyer

Kathy Strotmeyer

Cheryl Wolf

Cheryl Wolf

Jean Zimmerman

Jean Zimmerman

National Board of Advisors
John Benish

John Benish

Kathleen Furneaux

Kathleen Furneaux

Mark Hinson

Mark Hinson

Charles Hood

Charles Hood

Charley Kennington

Charley Kennington

Miriam Manary

Miriam Manary

Pete Meslin

Pete Meslin