Conference Agenda

Schedule subject to change.

2017 Schedule at a Glance

Friday, March 17

 

10:00 A.M. — 5:00 P.M.

Conference Registration

 

12:00 P.M. — 6:00 P.M.

Training Sessions
(Open to All Registrants & Roadeo Contestants)

 

Saturday, March 18

 

7:00 A.M. — 5:00 P.M.

Conference Registration

 

8:00 A.M. — 12:00 P.M.

Main Conference Workshops

 

9:00 A.M. — 4:00 P.M.

Special Needs Roadeo (Off-Site)

 

12:15 P.M. — 1:15 P.M.

Lunch on Your Own

 

1:30 P.M. — 5:00 P.M.

Main Conference Workshops

 

 

Sunday, March 19

 

7:00 A.M. — 5:00 P.M.

Conference Registration

 

8:30 A.M. — 10:00 A.M.

General Session

 

10:15 A.M. — 6:15 P.M.

NHTSA Child Passenger Restraint Training

(Additional Fee & Separate Registration Required)

 

10:15 A.M. — 12:30 P.M.

Main Conference Workshops

 

12:30 P.M. — 1:30 P.M.

Lunch on your own

 

1:45 P.M. — 5:15 P.M.

Main Conference Workshops

 

7:00 P.M. — 9:00 P.M.

Trade Show Sneak Peek Preview Reception

Monday, March 20

 

7:00 A.M. — 5:00 P.M.

Conference Registration

 

8:00 A.M. — 9:15 A.M.

General Session

 

9:30 A.M. — 1:00 P.M.

Trade Show

 

11:30 P.M. — 1:00 P.M.

Lunch
(On the Trade Show Floor)

 

1:30 P.M. — 5:00 P.M.

Main Conference Workshops

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 21

 

7:00 A.M. — 5:00 P.M.

Conference Registration

 

8:00 A.M. — 11:45 A.M.

General Sessions

 

11:45 P.M. — 12:45 P.M.

Lunch on Your Own

 

1:00 P.M. — 5:00 P.M.

Main Conference Workshops

 

Wednesday, March 22

 

8:00 A.M. — 10:00 A.M.

Closing General Session

 

10:00 A.M. — 12:00 P.M.

Networking

 

Conference Concludes

2017 Keynote Speakers

Monday March, 20th

8 A.M – 9:15 A.M

After spending a year driving a special needs school bus, Davidson wrote about his evolving relationship with each student who struggled physically, emotionally and socially, and how the “precious cargo” in his care changed his life. Now an author and journalist, he will share with attendees “a moving, important and universal story about relationships; how we see and treat people with special needs in our society.”

Author of “Precious Cargo”

Craig Davidson

Tuesday March, 21st

8 A.M – 9:45 A.M

Julie Weatherly, Esq., is the owner of Resolutions in Special Education, Inc. with offices and attorneys in Alabama and Florida. Julie is a member of the State Bars of Alabama and Georgia. For 30 years, she has provided legal representation and consultative services to school districts and other agencies in the area of educating students with disabilities. She has been a member of the faculty for many national and state legal institutes, and is a frequent speaker at special education law conferences. Julie has developed a number of videotape training series on special education law and has been published nationally as a part of her trainings, workshops and seminars. She is the author of the legal update article for the National CASE quarterly newsletter and is a member of LRP’s Special Education Attorneys Advisory Council. In June 1996, Julie appeared with Leslie Stahl on CBS news program “60 Minutes” to discuss the cost of meeting the legal requirements of the IDEA. In 1998, she was honored by Georgia’s Council for Exceptional Children as Georgia’s Individual who had Contributed Most to Students with Disabilities. In April 2012, Julie received the National CASE Award for Outstanding Service.

General Sessions

Sunday Morning, General Session:
Fostering Postive Interactions with Autistic Students

Moderated by Kate Movius, Autism Interaction Solutions, & Patrick Mulick, Auburn (Wash.) School District

 

Students with autism should be celebrated for their uniqueness, but at times their behavior and methods of communication can be misunderstood. Without having the right supports in place, minor meltdowns might lead to major escalations -- and even the involvement of law enforcement. Learn from the nation's top autism trainers about how to effectively collaborate with local police and school resource officers in order to achieve the most positive outcomes. Through this unique training, student transporters can meet the tenets of IDEA by providing important life lessons on independence for these children.

 

 

Monday Morning General Session: Craig Davidson, author of "Precious Cargo"

 

After spending a year driving a special needs school bus,
Davidson wrote about his evolving relationship with each student who struggled physically, emotionally and socially, and how the "precious cargo" in his care changed his life. From the book review: "This is a moving, important and universal story about relationships how we see and treat people with special needs in our society."

 

 

Tuesday Morning, 1st General Session: Julie Weatherly, Esq.: Legal Highlights on Special Needs

 

Julie deals with early childhood and transitioning under Part B, disabilities requirement and anything that deals with transportation. She will discuss recent cases dealing with service animals on the school bus, student bullying, personal injury cases involving school bus drivers and aides, and more.

 

 

Tuesday Morning, 2nd General Session (Panel): What We Do, How Well We Do It, What We Can Do Better

A panel consisting of experts from across the spectrum of student transportation, occupational and physical therapy, training, safety, and family and life education will discuss and share leadership, mentoring and succession planning strategies that can be applied throughout the country to improve special needs and Head Start/ community transportation services and to meet growing demands. As with all of our sessions, audience members are encouraged to actively participate.

 

Wednesday Morning, General Session: Pack Your Suitcase

 

Join TSD conference organizers as well as TSD Tenured Faculty and advisors to ensure you have your takeaways in order from the past week’s workshops and training session. This is your time to ask questions about what you learned as you prepare to head back to your local operations and share vital information with your team, stakeholders and community partners. Tell TSD sta what information you’d like to see next year, as we return to Frisco, Texas.

  • Emergency Evacuation
  • BESI Training
  • Q’Straint/Surelok Training
  • Safety Restraint Training Overview

Workshop Sessions

Foundations of Special Needs Transportation

 

Driver & Attendant Training Strategies: Choices vs. Skill

 

Crash Testing’s Guide to Safe Wheelchair & Occupant Securement

 

Dispatch As a Keystone in Special Needs Transportation

 

Understanding a Student's Disability Is Key to Success in Service

 

Bullying: Recognizing, Addressing & Preventing It

 

Bus in the Classroom

 

Meeting Best Practice Transportation Challenges in Rural Areas

 

Corrective Action Plans & Resolutions of Complaints

 

Technology Assists: New Equipment & New Disabilities

 

Team Decision-Making in Equipment Provision, Modification & Training

 

Perplexing Cases in Securing Riders

 

Customizing Transportation Plans for Student Size

 

Efficiency & Compliance in Pickup, Dropoff, Ride Time & Routing

 

Busting Myths About Levels of Service in Special Transportation

Hiring, Discplining & Terminating Drivers & Attendants: Documentation

 

Foundations of Head Start Transportation

 

Unlawful Harassment: Creating a "No" Culture

 

Creating a Safety Culture in Transportation Departments

 

Preparing Protocols for Service Animals

 

Writing Outcome-Based Job Descriptions & Performance Reviews

 

Effectively Communicating Services Via IEP Documents

 

How Messaging Can Set the Table for Successful Outcomes

 

Creating An In-House Advocacy Group to Avoid Litigation

 

Evacuation Planning

 

Curtailing Disruption, Danger & Inappropriate Behaviors

 

Autism: Support for Managing Behavior on the Bus

 

Not All Behavior Is an IEP Matter: The Case for Push-Back

 

Beyond the Organizational Chart: Walking the Walk

Corrective Action Plans & Resolutions of Complaints

 

Employee Morale – Nurturing the Necessary

 

Add Fitness for Duty to Boost Safety & Morale

 

Find Your Buddy to Strengthen Relationships Between Departments

 

Working With Families of Children With Autism & Very Special Needs

 

IEP Team: Opening Doors Between Special Ed & Transportation

 

How Word Choices Set the Table for Successful Outcomes

 

Serving Head Start Populations in Public School Settings

 

Connecting with Community Resources

 

Effectively Communicating Services Via IEP Documents

 

Contacts

 

General Show Informaton

Sylvia Arroyo

310-802-7802

 

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

Tony Corpin

310-802-7803

 

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