General Sessions & Keynotes

Sunday, July 28
Disruptive Innovation in Student Transportation
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
  • National School Bus Inspection Training Program
  • So, You Want to Be a Transportation Supervisor?
  • Taking the Whole Route: Addressing Behaviors on the Bus without Missing a Stop

Breakout Topics:

(As of 5/15/19. Subject to change.)


  • Addressing the School Bus Driver & Technician Shortage
  • Autism: What It Means to Us, What It Means to Them
  • Bedtime, Bell-times and Busing
  • Busing on the Lookout
  • CBD Oils & School Bus Drivers
  • Challenges with Tire Maintenance
  • Charter School and School Choice Impacts on Student Transportation
  • Choosing Between Diesel, Gasoline, CNG & Propane
  • Crash Reporting 101
  • Creating Safer School Bus Stops
  • Dispatcher Training
  • Emergency Lockdowns for the School Bus
  • Enhancing Communication on the School Bus & in the Transportation Department
  • Electrifying the School Bus
  • Evacuating School Buses in the Case of Fire
  • Implementing Policies for Lap/Shoulder Seat Belts in School Buses
  • Implementing School Bus Technology
  • Linking Getting to School with Going to School
  • MAP 21: Understanding the New Federal Entry-Level Driver Training Rule
  • Reducing School Bus Fires Through Proper Maintenance & Inspection
  • Resources for Student Transporters from the Alternative Fuels Data Center
  • Security Training Needs of School Bus Drivers & Attendants
  • Selecting and Using Air Conditioning Maintenance Programs
  • Student Dragging Incidents
  • Understanding & Maintaining Brake Systems
  • Understanding & Embracing a Multi-Generational Workforce
  • Unlocking the Value of On-Bus Technologies

Agenda At-A-Glance

(As of 6/24/19. Subject to change.)

Friday, July 26

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

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

Saturday, July 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

12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

So You Want to Be a Transportation Supervisor *Additional registration required

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

Sunday, July 28

8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
STN EXPO Orientation

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

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Keynote: Jim Harris

10:45 a.m. –  12 p.m.
Breakout Workshops

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own

1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m
Breakout Workshops

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Welcome Reception

Monday, July 29

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
General Session & Keynote: Michael Dorn

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Breakout Workshops

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Lunch on your own

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Breakout Workshops

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

Tuesday, July 30

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
General Session & Keynote: Les Nichols

10:45 a.m. – Noon
Breakout Workshops

12:30 p.m.
Pre-Trade Show Lunch Served

12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Trade Show

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Happy Hour Networking Reception

Wednesday, July 31

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

Workshop Tracks

Maintenance & Technology

Management & Operations

Safety & Security