Grand Sierra Resort | Reno, NV | July 21-25 2012

Head Start

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please note, schedule subject to change

Sunday, July 22

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

“The New Frontier of Social Networking for Head Start Transporters

Presenters: Nancy Netherland, Ryan Gray

More than eight out of every 10 Americans now share information online, so how can social networking not only keep you updated with friends and family but also help you become more efficient and productive at work? A host of options now exist that can help Head Start transporters from across the country can use to stay in contact with peers and associates and to remain up-to-date on the latest in news, regulations, best business practices, transportation safety, operational efficiencies and more. But with that, one must know exactly what social network is and how to set up policies for employees on the proper usage of such sites.

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

"Creating a Positive Environment on Your Head Start School Bus"

Presenter: Susan Hunt

A positive environment on the school bus reduces negative behaviors including bullying. In order to create this environment, the adults on the school bus must build positive relationships with the children and their caregivers. Attendees in this workshop will walk away with some tools to use for building those relationships and discover the power of those relationships in shaping their positive school bus environment.


Monday, July 23

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

"Insight into the Training of a Bus Monitor"

Presenters: Michelle Drorbaugh, Michelle Saavedra

Monitors hold a vital role in the school bus transportation industry in helping our students with special needs. This workshop will give you insight into training a successful bus monitor.

11:00 a.m. - Noon

"Head Start Community of Practice"

Presenters: Nancy Netherland, Susan Hunt

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

"Bus Evacuation Phase III Special Needs & Head Start Evacuations with Seat Belts"

Presenters: Charley Kennington, Marisa Weisinger, Susan Hunt

Demonstrations and discussion on how to remove children from safety restraint systems to allow the safe evacuation of a school bus. A PowerPoint presentation will discuss the proper way to remove children from child restraint systems. Demonstrations will be conducted by actually cutting harnesses and lap belts showing the best way to safely remove children from restraint systems. Scenarios: This presentation will have participants from the audience participating in a school bus evacuation drill removing children from child safety restraint systems and role playing the safe removal of the students.

Tuesday, July 24

8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

"Fleet Maintenance Best Practices for Head Start Operations"

Presenter: Denny Coughlin

This session will look at options for the Head Start program for Fleet Maintenance. We will discuss the pros and cons of various maintenance models.

Wednesday, July 25

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

“School Bus Safety Education - Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers”

Presenter: Charlene Majors

So, your state department of education mandates you teach school bus safety education to ALL students who ride publicly funded school transportation. But, do they tell you how to make that happen for students with disabilities and prechoolers? This session will offer several different venues for making this happen!!

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

“Engaging and Collaborating With Parents”

Presenter: Michelle Saavedra

Some of the traditional strategies used to engage parents may not meet the needs of today's families. It is important that we find creative ways to engage parents and collaborate with them in order to provide the best possible educational experience for their children.