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TSD Conference Highlights for Day 4 — Monday, March 18

The Transporting Students with Disabilities & Special Needs Conference & Trade Show is almost here, so this is your last chance to attend the popular March 15-20 event at the Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco Hotel Convention Center & Spa.

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Browse the detailed conference workshop schedule.

  • Student Bullying: How Can We Respond?
    8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
    When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior, they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time. Parents, school staff and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying, by talking about it and building a safe school environment. This session will cover the definition of bullying and harassment and their impact on student behavior and outcomes. This session will also make recommendations for policy changes and simple strategies that all adults in school districts can put in place.
    Presenter: Heather Hirsch
  • Preventing & Investigating Bullying Behavior in Schools
    2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
    Dig deeper into bullying, harassment and hazing legal definitions and obligations of district administrators, contractors and staff. This session will cover bullying and harassment investigation best practices, which are designed to provide clear methods to meet legal requirements. It will offer practical tools schools and districts can use to prevent and neutralize the effects of bullying. Participants will learn to intervene, record and report incidents of bullying and harassment.
    Presenter: Heather Hirsch
  • Definition of Best-Practices vs. Guidelines
    2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
    Just because you’ve always done it a certain way doesn’t mean it’s right—or does it? This session will lead you through the navigation process on best practices, past practices, guidelines, regulations and myths.
    Facilitator: Alex Robinson
    Panelists:  Launi Harden, Nicole Portee & Sue Shutrump
  • When Drivers & Attendants Go Rogue
    2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
    Let’s consider preparing some defenses for when seemingly good team members decide to act (or overreact) entirely on their own and ignore the training you’ve carefully provided them. Think hard braking to teach kids to sit down, an off-route drive down a bumpy road at high-speed, or duct tape to reinforce the restraining power of safety vests. This session will cover strategies for up-front screening, defining and communicating reasonable expectations; and then helping employees cope with frustrating issues that are not within their control.
    Presenter: Fred Doelker
  • Surprises, Challenges & Learning Curves: Creating & Communicating Procedures to Address Ongoing Transportation Concerns
    3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    Face it, this is a difficult job. Coming up with solutions to our everyday problems can be downright trying. Perhaps just as irritating are the challenges we face when trying to ensure our solutions are implemented properly. See how some of the top school districts manage to not only implement solutions, but also manage to adapt when things go wrong. Some problems really aren’t that troublesome, once you know the secrets.
    Facilitator: Pete Meslin
    Panelists:  Dana Acock, Derrick Agate & Caleb Williams
  • Creating Multi-Disciplinary Transportation Advocacy Teams
    3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    Once the IEP team meets, the work of transporting students with disabilities has just begun. There are many stakeholders who are necessary to a successful school bus ride. Join this discussion to begin developing strategies to foster teamwork and inclusion throughout your school district.
    Facilitator: Max Christensen
    Panelists:  Laura Blankenship, Dayle Cantrall, Michael Hush & Amy Tiedens
  • Transporting Adaptive Athletes
    3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    The number of students with disabilities competing on school athletic teams is increasing. With this comes the need to increase transportation services. Participants will analyze current challenges in transporting adaptive athletes and their equipment. They will also discuss options for including them in team transportation. Some common sports chairs that are used by athletes will be available for participants to see.
    Presenter: Dianna Gates & Doug Garner


Conference Registration Contact:

Alice Hung Sabedra
Senior Events Coordinator

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More than 70 exhibitors will be displaying their products and services. Exhibit spaces are almost completely sold out, but to inquire about reserving a booth, contact: Tony Corpin, STN Publisher, at 310-802-7803 or tony@stnmedia.com.

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