2017 Daily Conference Schedule

As of 1/25/17. 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/Tie-Tech

Hands-On Training

 

3:45 P.M. – 4:45 P.M.

Q’Straint/SURE-LOK

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 'No' Culture

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

Detail to come.

 

9:15 A.M. – 10:15 A.M.

Add Fitness for Duty to to Boost Safety & Morale

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.

 

10:30 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.

Training Attendants: ‘Where I Come From’ Doesn't Matter

Operations & Safety

Presenter: Shirley Francis

Detail to come.

 

1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

Hiring, Disciplining, Terminating Drivers & Attendants: Documentation

Policy & Law

Presenter: Bill Powell

Detail to come.

 

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.

Creating a Safety Culture in Transportation Departments

Policy & Law/Leadership & Collaboration

Presenter: Fred Doelker & Kenny West

Detail to come.

 

4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Dispatch as Keystone of Special Needs Transportation

Operations & Safety

Presenter: Kathleen Furneaux

Detail to come.

 

4:00 P.M. – 5:00 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.

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

8:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Fostering Positive Interactions with Autistic Students

General Session

Presenters: Kate Movius, Patrick Mulick

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.

 

8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Restraint Systems on School Buses

Instructors: Miriam Manary, Sue Shutrump, Cheryl Wolf

 

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: Bill Powell

Detail to come.

 

10:15 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.

Managing Expectations When Providing Special Needs Transportation

Leadership & Collaboration

Presenter: Shirley Francis

Detail to come.

 

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

Detail to come.

 

1:45 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.

IEP Team: Opening Doors Between Special Ed & Transportation

Pollicy & Law/Leadership & Collaboration

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

Detail to come.

 

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.

 

3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Serving Head Start Populations in Public School Settings

Leadership & Collaboration

Presenter: Heather Handschin

Detail to come.

 

4:15 P.M. – 5:15 P.M.

Evacuation Planning

Operations & Safety

Presenter: Kathleen Furneaux

Detail to come.

 

4:15 P.M. – 5:15 P.M.

Not all Behavior is and IEP Matter: The Case for Pushback

Student Management

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.

 

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

Detail to come.

 

1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

Curtailing Disruption, Danger & Inappropriate Behaviors

Policy & Law/Student Management0

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

Presenter: 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

Detail to come.

 

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 Practice Transportation Challenges in Rural Areas

Policy & Law

Presenter: Heather Handschin & Eric Smith

Detail to come.

 

4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

How Word Choices Set the Table for Successful Outcomes

Leadership & Collaboration

Presenter: Pauline Gervais & Pete Meslin

Detail to come.

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

Detail to come.

 

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

Detail to come.

 

1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Connecting With Community Resources

Leadership & Collaboration/Policy & Law

Presenter: Dr. Jean Paulsel

Detail 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

Detail to come.

8:00 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.

Pack Your Suitcase

General Session

Panelests: Ryan Gray, Pete Meslin & Cheryl Wolf

Interactive Session: What we've learned and will put into practice upon returning to jobs — how info will be shared with colleagues — what 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.

Contacts

 

General Show Informaton

Sylvia Arroyo

310-802-7802

 

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

Tony Corpin

310-802-7803

 

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