Unique Experiences

As of 10/27/22. Subject to Change

Welcome Reception at Top Golf The Colony

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Meet and greet other attendess like you! Share the networking experience over a few drinks, good food and love of the sport at Top Golf!

Show Me the Money: Beginning Grants Writing

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Maximum of 30 participants | Separate registration required

Instructor: Jean Paulsel, Ph.D., CFLE

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 is available to Main Conference Attendees but requires separate registration at no extra charge. Class size is limited to 30 participants.

Wheelchair Securement Boot Camp Training

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Separate registration required

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.

Certification will be provided upon completion of this course.

This seminar is available to Main Conference Attendees but requires separate registration at no extra charge. Class size is limited to 50 participants.

Tailgate Trade Show Reception

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This special networking event takes place on the trade show floor and enables exhibitors to highlight products and services. Exhibitors can connect with attendees in a more relaxed atmosphere, complete with food and drink stations spread out on the trade show floor.


Wheelchair Securement Training

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Hosted by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok

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.

Separate registration is NOT required

Hands-on School Bus Evacuations for Students with Special Needs & Preschoolers

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Maximum of 30 participants | Separate registration and fees required
Transportation provided to and from Prosper ISD

Instructors: Denny Coughlin, Launi Harden, Aaron Harris & Diandra Neugent

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.

NHTSA Child Passenger Safety on School Buses National Training

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(5.5 CEUs Available)

Maximum of 40 participants | Separate registration and fees required.

Instructors: Denise Donaldson, Susan Shutrump & Charlie Vits

The newly updated 2023 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. 


If you have already registered for the conference and want to add any of the sessions above, please contact us at events@stnmedia.com for instructions.