2017 Daily Conference Schedule

As of 2/20/17. All information subject to change.

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12:00 P.M. – 2:15 P.M.

Emergency Evacuation

Hands-On Training

 

2:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

BESI Securement

Hands-On Training

 

3:45 P.M. – 4:45 P.M.

Q’Straint/SURE-LOK
Securement

Hands-On Training

 

5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Car Seat Training

Hands-On Training

 

7:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Foundations of Special Needs Transportation

Operations & Safety

Presenters: Pauline Gervais & Cheryl Wolf

This session will provide the foundations of special needs transportation including the law, training, head start, preschool, McKinney- Vento, NCLB, and operations. If you are new to transportation or would just like to review why and what is required, then this session is for you.

 

8:00 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.

Unlawful Harassment: Creating a Culture That Addresses & Remedies It

Policy & Law

Presenter: Monica Velasquez, Esq.

This presentation will examine the elements of unlawful harassment, provide specific examples or relevant case studies, and suggest some practical advice for addressing it and possibly remedying workplace harassment.

 

8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.

Corrective Action Plans & Resolutions of Complaints

Leadership & Collaboration

Presenter: Kenny West

Details to come.

 

9:15 A.M. – 10:15 A.M.

Incorporating Health & Wellness in the Workplace

Leadership & Collaboration

Presenter: Kali Sarcinella

With more than two-thirds of the United States population considered overweight or obese, now is an important time as ever to be cognizant of our driver’s health. Wellness in the workplace is an up and coming topic because the rise in overweight and obese adults puts us at greater risk of developing diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This workshop will cover strategies for, and challenges to, implementing wellness programs, as well as take home ideas for getting started at your own workplace. This workshop is intended to be a discussion about how to assist our drivers in passing their physical exams each year by encouraging them to live healthy lifestyles, how wellness can aid in boosting employee morale and retention, and how wellness can help keep not only drivers, but our children safe.

 

10:00 A.M – 12:00 P.M.

Foundations of Head Start Transportation

Policy & Law

Presenters: Cheryl Wolf & Heather Handschin

Details to come.

 

10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Find Your Buddy to Strengthen Relationships Between Departments

Leadership & Collaboration

Presenter: Shawna Jones

Knowing your Special Education department is an essential aspect in serving students with special needs. We have all had situations in which we had to go to the schools for help, but are we going to the person? The time has come to bridge the gap between Special needs Transportation and the Special Education department.

 

12:15 P.M. – 1:15 P.M.

Lunch on your own

 

1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

Driver & Attendant Training Strategies: Choice vs. Skill

Operations & Safety

Presenter: Fred Doelker

When our drivers back their buses into a building, swing their tails into a parked car or get into a loud power struggle with a kindergartener it can quickly turn into a bad day. The fundamentals used to avoid these bad days are pretty well known and in many cases the driver has simply chosen to ignore those fundamentals, cut corners and disregard the risks. Perhaps it is time to consider expanding their continuing education to focus not just on skills but also on steering around bad choices. Think of it as early warning rumble strips for the driver’s brain.

 

1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

Hiring, Disciplining, Terminating Drivers & Attendants: Documentation

Policy & Law

Presenter: Kayne Smith

How do you work with your HR department to document employee issues?  Do you even have an HR department in your district? How does an employee shortage affect your decisions? Learn from an employee expert as well as student transporter on best-practices for protecting yourself as well as the students you serve.

 

1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

Working with Families of Children with Autism or Very Special Needs

Leadership & Collaboration

Presenter: Patrick Mulick

“Together we can take kids far, but only if we work together.” With this perspective taking workshop, autism specialist Patrick Mulick shows how parents of students in special education often end up becoming isolated and unsupported. Small ways are demonstrated how we all can connect with families, creating greater collaboration between school, home, and transportation. Reaching out does not have to take a lot of effort, but it does take an effort, and it is an effort that can be life changing for families and students.

 

2:45 P.M. – 3:45 P.M.

Crash-Testing's Guide to Safe Wheelchair & Occupant Securement

Operations & Safety

Presenter: Miriam Manary

This workshop will explain best practice of wheelchair transportation safety using crash test footage to illustrate the negative consequences of misuse and non use.

 

2:45 P.M. – 3:45 P.M.

Preparing Protocols for Service Animals

Policy & Law

Presenter: Vinh Nguyen, J.D., M.B.A.

This session will discuss the requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) with respect to students who use animals to assist them because of their disabilities.

 

4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Dispatch as Keystone of Special Needs Transportation

Operations & Safety

Presenter: Kathleen Furneaux

Being a transportation dispatcher can be a stressful job. Receive an overview of how to effectively train your dispatchers to better manage their time and respond to emergencies as well as improve their two-way radio, telephone, written and personal communications. What specific techniques do they need to improve customer service and build positive relationships with their customers? How can they better document community and parental complaints? Contribute to and even directly effect positive employee morale?

 

4:00 P.M – 5:00 P.M.

Creating a Safety Culture in Transportation Departments

Policy & Law/Leadership & Collaboration

Presenters: Fred Doelker & Kenny West
Your safety and passenger service programs are only as strong as your weakest link. Are you confident that your culture of safety and service is properly defined for all team members, communicated abundantly and refreshed through a variety of methods? Learn strategies for identifying the practices and paradigms that demonstrate and articulate the culture of your team, and then training and support strategies aimed at infusing the team with that culture.

 

4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Effectively Communicating Services Via IEP Documents

Leadership & Collaboration

Presenter: Pete Meslin

This session will describe several options to systematically gather timely, relevant transportation information. It will also provide procedural guidelines to help ensure all service providers are appropriately “looped”.  Whether the source of the data is the parent, teacher, therapist, nurse, bus attendant or a bus driver, our students deserve and require that we know what is necessary to serve them properly.

 

5:15 P.M. – 6:15 P.M.

Who’s Who & What’s What: Kickoff 2017

New Social Networking Event

8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Restraint Systems on School Buses

Instructors: Fred Doelker, Miriam Manary, Sue Shutrump, Cheryl Wolf

This training session approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration teaches the proper securement of pre-school aged children in appropriate child safety restraint systems (CSRS) on school bus seats. It provides the basic rules of proper CSRS usage and illustrates the most common mistakes made when installing CSRS in school buses. Continuing education units (5.5 CEUs) are approved by Safe Kids Worldwide for all registered attendees who complete the course work.

 

8:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Fostering Positive Interactions with Autistic Students

General Session

Presenters: Kate Movius & Patrick Mulick, with the Frisco ISD Transportation Department & the Frisco Police Department

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.

 

10:15 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Bus in the Classroom

Operations & Safety

Presenter: Pete Meslin

The Bus in the Classroom (BIC) is a thorough transportation skill curriculum which teaches students how to behave in and around the bus. Until now, students were left to learn transportation safety skills in adult transition programs. This program, unlike those, starts early and teaches often — building safety skills and proper bus behaviors as students progress. This class will show actual video of school bus drivers and office staff successfully educating students both in the special-ed classroom and on the bus.

 

10:15 A.M. - 11:15 A.M.

Writing Outcome-Based Job Descriptions & Performance Reviews

Policy & Law

Presenter: Kayne Smith

Do you know the intricasies of the transportation positions in your operation? Do you know how to communicate those responsibilities? Learn how to create effective job descriptions set realistic expectations both for your employees as well as your  administration. Just as important is referring back to the job descriptions as training tool, as they can provide a map for employees to use to enhance their careers.

 

11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Creating an In-House Advocacy Group to Avoid Litigation

Policy & Law/Leadership & Collaboration

Presenter: Lisa Arbogast, Esq.

Detail to come.

 

12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Lunch on your own

 

1:45 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.

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

Operations & Safety

Presenter: Catherine Staggs

Details to come.

 

1:45 P.M. – 3:45 P.M.

IEP Team: Opening Doors Between Special Ed & Transportation

Leadership & Collaboration/Operations & Safety

Presenters: Dianna Gates, Launi Harden, Shawna Jones & Suraj Syal

Join this interactive session led by a transportation director, special ed transportation supervisor, director of special education and a physical therapist as they discuss the vital aspects of interdepartmental communication and collaboration in developing a student’s IEP to ensure transportation service needs and expectations are met. The session will include group work.

 

3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Autism: Support for Managing Behaviors on the Bus

Student Management

Presenter: Patrick Mulick

Making the bus ride a good experience for everyone is Patrick Mulick’s goal. When it comes to students with autism, that means knowing what to look for and knowing what to do. In this unforgettable workshop, Patrick puts transportation staff behind the wheel of what it feels like to have autism and then provides various strategies to consider for support. From using visuals to establishing routines, he demonstrates how doing a few of the little things right can go a long way for these wonderful students.

 

4:15 P.M. – 5:15 P.M.

Evacuation Planning

Operations & Safety

Presenter: Kathleen Furneaux

What does your training program say about planning to evacuate students with special needs and preschoolers during a school bus incident? Uncover the vital steps to successfully preparing or re-writing evacuation plans and the effect on bus routes, IEPs and more.

 

4:15 P.M. – 5:15 P.M.

Not all Behavior Is an IEP Matter: The Case for Pushback

Policy & Law/Operations & Safety

Presenters: Lisa Arbogast, Esq., Pete Meslin, Alex Robinson & Suraj Syal

It is a common misconception that inappropriate behaviors are always IEP matters when they are exhibited by students with special needs. Although certain behaviors are clearly related to disabilities, there is a very large gray area where behaviors may or may not be related to the disability. There are procedures for dealing with these situations which will be explored during this session. This session will also examine situations where behaviors are not related to a student’s disability.

 

4:15 P.M. – 5:15 P.M.

Serving Head Start Populations in Public School Settings

Leadership & Collaboration

Presenter: Heather Handschin

Details to come.

 

7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Trade Show Sneak Preview Reception

8:00 A.M. – 9:15 A.M.

Precious Cargo

Keynote Address

Presenter: Craig Davidson

After spending a year driving a special needs school bus, Craig 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 and 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.

 

9:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Trade Show & Lunch

 

1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

Team Decision-Making in Equipment Provision, Modification & Training

OT/PT Forum

Presenters: Dianna Gates, Miriam Manary & Sue Shutrump

Details to come.

 

1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

Curtailing Disruption: Danger & Inappropriate Behaviors

Student Management/Leadership & Collaboration

Presenter: Alex Robinson

Crisis intervention is great but crisis prevention is better — this session will discuss the difference and give concrete takeaways to use with drivers, attendants and students.

 

2:45 P.M. – 3:45 P.M.

Perplexing Cases in Securing Riders

OT/PT Forum

Presenters: Dianna Gates, Miriam Manary & Sue Shutrump

Bring your issues to the forefront and resolve your concerns about your real-world securement and positioning issues.

 

2:45 P.M. – 3:45 P.M.

Bullying: Recognizing, Addressing & Preventing It

Student Management

Presenter: Alex Robinson

Sometimes the worst bullying is silent and hidden - this session will help the audience recognize the signs of depression, aggression and obsession — all behaviors that can manifest in both the bully and the victim

 

2:45 P.M. – 3:45 P.M.

Drills & Messaging: Communicating Without Instilling Fear

Leadership & Collaboration

Presenter: Catherine Staggs

Students with special needs can have a host of anxieties related to the school bus ride, not to mention those of their parents, which can only be exacerbated during safety drills.

 

4:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

Busting Myths Surrounding Transportation of Students with Special Needs

Operations & Safety

Presenters: Kathleen Furneaux & Sue Shutrump

As policies and procedures developed over the years in how to safely transport students with special needs so did myths which once established have found their way into guidelines, standards and wide-spread training programs. In this workshop, we will explore their origins and expose the danger in perpetuating these myths through the “we’ve always done it that way” approach to policy development.

 

4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Meeting Best Practices: Transportation Challenges in Rural Areas

Policy & Law

Presenter: Heather Handschin & Eric Smith

Learn tips from two student transporters on how you can overcome challenges of long ride times and still ensure the Least Restrictive Environment for the most fragile student passengers.

 

4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

How Word Choices Set the Table for Successful Outcomes

Leadership & Collaboration

Presenters: Pauline Gervais & Pete Meslin

Words have meaning. How do you communicate about your operations? What are their cause and effect of the words you choose when working with parents, special educators, your transportation staff, or other school administrators?

8:00 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.

Legal Highlights of Special Needs & Head Start Transportation

General Session

Presenter: Julie Weatherly, Esq.

This presentation will provide an overview of important legal developments in the area of transportation of students with disabilities. Topics covered will include liability, personal injury and money damages; bullying and disability harassment; transportation of medically fragile students; discipline of students with disabilities; pick-up and drop-off location issues and more!

 

10:00 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.

What We Do, How We Do It & What We Can Do Better

General Session

Moderator: Alex Robinson

Panelists: Kathleen Furneaux, Fred Doelker, Dr. Jean Paulsel & Sue Shutrump

Safety, training and management experts join a certified family life educator and a supervisor of occupational and physical therapy to discuss how improve transportation services for students with special needs and Head Start/preschool students.

 

11:45 A.M. – 12:45 P.M.

Lunch on your own

 

1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Efficiency & Compliance in Pick-up, Drop-Off, Ride Time & Routing

Operations & Safety

Moderator: Peggy Burns, Esq.

Panelists: Heather Handschin, Shawna Jones & Kenny West

Details to come.

 

1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Connecting With Community Resources

Leadership & Collaboration/Policy & Law

Presenter: Dr. Jean Paulsel

Details to come.

 

2:15 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Customizing ITPs to Provide Safe Seating & Effective School Bus Occupant Restraint for Students with Special Needs

Operations & Safety

Presenter: Sue Shutrump

Proper seating and positioning on the school bus is vital to a safe ride but takes interdisciplinary teamwork to ensure it is provided within and compatible with effective vehicle occupant restraint systems. This session will explore the team’s role in selection, modification and training in the use of child safety restraints and seating when taking into account common problems and medical issues of students with special needs.

 

2:15 P.M. – 3:15 P.M.

Special Education Case Law: Hot Topics

Policy & Law/Leadership & Collaboration

Presenter: Julie Weatherly, Esq.

This workshop will provide attendees with an overview of case law related to current hot topics in the field of education of students with disabilities. Specifically, this will provide an opportunity for attendees to follow up with any questions they might have related to these topics or those covered in the morning's general session.

 

3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Quality Interactions: Child, Parent, Community & Transportation Provider

Leadership & Collaboration/Policy & Law

Panelists: Dr. Jean Paulsel

Details to come.

8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Pack Your Suitcase

General Session

Panelists: Ryan Gray, Pete Meslin & Cheryl Wolf

Interactive Session: What we've learned over the past week and how and what will we put into practice upon returning to jobs. How should information be shared with colleagues? What would attendees would like to see added to the educational program in 2018? This session will also share conference and session statistics as reported by attendees via the official conference app. Be a part of planning next year in Frisco, Texas!

Contacts

 

General Show Informaton

Sylvia Arroyo

310-802-7802

 

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

Tony Corpin

310-802-7803

 

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