General Sessions & Keynotes

Sunday, July 28
Jim Harris
Leadership & Disruption Consultant

Monday, July 29
How Much Integrity Do Your School Bus Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness Approaches Have?
Michael Dorn
School Security Expert
Safe Havens International

Tuesday, July 30
The Complacency Conundrum: Why Organizations Fail to Prevent Tragedies
Les Nichols, CPP
Vice President of Child Club & Safety, Boys & Girls Club of America (retired)

Wednesday, July 31
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:

NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Restraint Training
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Description: This eight-hour training seminar on Saturday, July 27 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. *This program requires separate registration and fees. (Maximum of 75 participants.)

National School Bus Inspection Training Program
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Description: An eight-hour program developed by school bus maintenance and inspection expert Marshall Casey to fully train technicians on how to conduct regular vehicle inspections, above and beyond state or federal Department of Transportation guidance. Learn how to discover more defects prior to failure, which allows for expedited repairs, increased vehicle uptime, and a more efficient maintenance program. Includes a written exam and printed course material. *This program requires separate registration and fees. (Maximum of 50 participants.)

So, You Want to Be a Transportation Supervisor?
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019
Time: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
A panel of student transportation experts provide best practices for attendees who wish to transition into a supervisory role or who are looking to brush up on skill sets. Topics include: How to provide the best customer service while managing parent and administration expectations; Creating, building and molding teams; Communication Strategies to increase driver and attendant retention and productivity; Principles of proper routing and planning; and Managing and tracking data to improve your organization. Included with cost of full conference registration but requires additional registration. (Maximum of 50 participants.)

Taking the Whole Route: Addressing Behaviors on the Bus without Missing a Stop
 Patrick Mulick
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Description: The best behavioral intervention one can use is preventing the challenge before it happens, but doing so often requires an understanding of what causes it.  In this highly engaging four hour course, Board Certified Behavior Analyst Patrick Mulick will provide a full, in depth, and research based look at how to support positive behaviors on the bus for all riders.  Attendees will learn what causes behavior, how to prevent it, and how to react appropriately.  Patrick will discuss how this process applies to students with and without disabilities, as well as students who have the potential to fully escalate.  This one of a kind course will equip and empower you with the interventions and inspiration needed to be successful. Included with cost of full conference registration but requires additional registration. (Maximum of 100 participants.)


Agenda At-A-Glance

(As of 1/21/19. Subject to change.)

Friday, 7/26

3 p.m.
Transportation Director Summit, Day 1
(Application required)

5:30 p.m.
Transportation Director Summit Networking Event

Saturday, 7/27

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Transportation Director Summit, Day 2
Off-Site at The Chateau at Incline Village, Lake Tahoe
(Application required)

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Special Training Sessions:
NHTSA Child Passenger Safety on School Buses*
National School Bus Inspector Training*
*Additional registration & fee required

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Addressing School Bus Behaviors with Patrick Mulick
(Registration required)

Sunday, 7/28

8 – 8:30 a.m.
STN EXPO Orientation

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Peter J. Grandolfo Memorial Award of Exellence

8:45 – 10:15 a.m.
Keynote: Jim Harris

10:45 a.m. – Noon
Breakout Workshops

Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch on your own

1:30 – 5 p.m
Breakout Workshops

Monday, 7/29

8 – 9:15 a.m.
General Session & Keynote: Michael Dorn

9:45 a.m. – Noon
Breakout Workshops

Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch on your own

1:30 – 5 p.m.
Breakout Workshops

6 – 8:30 p.m.
Trade Show Networking Extravaganza

Tuesday, 7/30

8 – 9:30 a.m.
General Session & Keynote: Les Nichols

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Trade Show
(Lunch served on exhibit floor)

Wednesday, 7/31

8 – 9:15 a.m.
Closing General Session:
“Coffee’s On Us, Tips Are Appreciated”

Workshop Tracks

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