Agenda At-A-Glance


Workshop List


5 – 7 p.m.

Transportation Director Summit:

Ice Breaker & Networking Event



8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Transportation Director Summit

(Application required)


8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Special Training Session: (Additional fee)

NHTSA Child Passenger Safety on School Buses


1 – 5 p.m.

Special Training Session: (Additional fee)

Pupil Transportation Safety Institute

Dispatcher Training



8 - 8:30 a.m.

STN EXPO Orientation


8:45 – 10 a.m.

Opening General Session & Keynote:

Dr. Stephen Sroka

“The Power of One, The Power of Many”


10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Breakout Workshops


12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch on your own


1:45 – 4 p.m

Breakout Workshops


4:15 – 5:30 p.m.

General Session: Establishing Transportation’s Viewpoint in Discussions on Education Reform


7 – 10 p.m.

Welcome Party

Sponsored by SafeGuard & Tyler Technologies




8 – 9:15 a.m.

General Session & Keynote: Don Harkey

“High Performing Culture”


9:45 a.m. – Noon

Breakout Workshops


9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Special Training Session: (Additional fee)

Surviving Active Shooter on the Bus & Defensible Use of Force


Noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch on your own


1 – 3:15 p.m.

Breakout Workshops


4 – 5 p.m.

General Session & Keynote:

Jesus Villahermosa

“The Greatest Show on Wheels Is the Greatest Show That Feels!”


5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Trade Show Networking Extravaganza


8 – 10 p.m.

Slots Tournament

Sponsored by E-Z-ON Products of Florida, Inc.



8 – 9:30 a.m.

General Session:

Thomas Barth, NTSB Crash Investigation Update
Roundtable on the Automated School Bus & Crash Mitigation Technology


10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Trade Show


3:30 – 5 p.m.

General Session Roundtable

Recruitment, Retention & Succession Planning


7 – 8 p.m.

Closing Keynote Address: Howard Putnam

“Hiring the Right Attitude to Gain Altitude”



8 – 9:30 a.m.

General Session:

“Coffee’s On Us, Tips Are Appreciated”


Stephen R. Sroka, Ph.D.

“The Power of One, The Power of Many”


Don Harkey

“High Performance Culture”


Jesus Villahermosa, Jr.

“The Greatest Show on Wheels Is the Greatest Show That Feels!”


Howard Putnam

“Hiring the Right Attitude to Gain Altitude”


General Sessions

  • Establishing Transportation’s Viewpoint in Discussions on Educational Reform
  • National Transportation Safety Board Update on School Bus Crash Investigations
  • Emerging Crash Avoidance Technology & The ‘Automated’ School Bus
  • Employee Recruitment, Retention & Succession Planning: Finding the Carrot & the Stick



Coffee’s On Us, Tips Are Appreciated

Wrap up the STN EXPO with free coffee served in School Transportation News collector mugs and discuss key lessons learned over the past week, share ideas or strategies to implement locally and help shape next year’s event in Reno.



Special Training Sessions: (Additional fee required)


School Bus Dispatcher Training  (4 hours)

Presented by the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute


NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Restraint Training (8 hours)

This course addresses the unique challenges of installing Child Safety Restraint Systems (CSRS) and utilizes the revised curriculum approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to teach the proper use and installation of these systems on school buses. All requirements to participate in this course are completed onsite. Upon completion, attendees will receive 5.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from Safe Kids Worldwide.


Defensible Use of Force on the Bus (Part 1)

An angry parent boards your bus and you fear you or your students may be assaulted. You are driving your bus when you are suddenly assaulted by a student. You see a male approaching your bus with a gun in his hand after your students have boarded. What can you do in each of these situations? Safety and security expert Jesus Villahermosa will lay out a very clear foundation of what your rights are as a school bus driver when it comes to defending yourself or your students while operating your bus. Jesus’ background as a master defensive tactics instructor for law enforcement personnel and as an expert witness in use of force issues allows him to answer any “What if?” questions you may have. Jesus will also provide an electronic template for any transportation agency that can be used for documentation when a use of force situation occurs.


Survival Tactics for the Active Killer on a Bus (Part 2)

Jesus Villahermosa will discuss how to mitigate the possibility of an active killer on a bus as well as what to do if this type of incident occurs on your bus. The theme of this training will be “Awareness Before Defense,” although various emergency driving response options will be discussed, along with numerous survivable physical response options for the driver to survive such an attack.

Maintenance & Technology

  • Skills Necessary for Successful ASE Certification Exams
  • Inside a School Bus Fire Investigation
  • Getting the Most Out of Dealer Network Training Programs
  • What Does the VW Mitigation Trust Fund Mean to You?
  • Standardizing School Bus Specifications
  • Examining Shop Operations and Procedures to Identify Innovations
  • Accident Investigation From an Inspector’s Viewpoint
  • Are Fire Suppression Systems Right for Your Fleet?
  • Green Shop Certification
  • Meeting Emissions Standards for 2018 & Beyond


Management & Operations

  • PTSI Dispatcher Training
  • Organizational Design: Analyzing Individual
  • Direction for Proper Staffing
  • Advances in Route Optimization
  • LGBTQ Bullying: Training for Drivers
  • Case Studies in School Bus Wi-Fi
  • Undefeated: An Inspirational Experience in Teamwork
  • Using Sales Taxes to Fund Transportation at No Cost to Districts
  • Data-Driven Decision Making Made Easy
  • Understanding Diversity & Conflict


Safety & Security

  • ASPEN Behavior Training for Student Transporters
  • Real-World Experiences with Lap/Shoulder Belts
  • Mitigating Risk in New Bus Driver Applicants:
  • Judgement Skills, Risk Assessments & Technology
  • How To Respond To A Fatal Wreck… And What to Expect On-Scene
  • Different Worlds, Same Concerns On School Bus Safety
  • Surviving Active Shooter on the Bus Training
  • Defensible Use of Force on the Bus Training


Special Needs & Preschoolers

  • Understanding Medicaid Reimbursements
  • Grappling with Systemic Complaints on School Bus Attendants
  • The Changing Face of FAPE & IDEA
  • The Filter for Behavior Change on the Bus
  • What to Do When…Selecting The Right Road to Solve Everyday Issues
  • Special Education vs. Transportation: Who Has the Final Word?
  • Understanding Head Start’s Mission & How Transportation Fits In
  • Strategies To Facilitate Transportation Decisions at IEP & IFTP Meetings
  • The Pipeline from Head Start to Public Schools

Workshop Tracks

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