Workshops

2020 DAILY WORKSHOP DETAILS

As of 4/30/20. Subject to change.

Friday, October 9

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | TBD
NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Restraint Training
Specialized Training
Instructors: Kathy Anneken, Fred Doelker, Denise Donaldson, Miriam Manary, David Murphy, Susan Shutrump, Eric Smith & Charlie Vits
This training session that is approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration teaches the proper securement of preschool-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.
*Pre-registration & additional fees required*

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | TBD
BESI Securement Training
Receive instruction from Besi, Inc. representatives on proper child passenger securement in school buses. This is a refresher class for TSD Roadeo contestants and main conference attendees.

10:30 a.m. – Noon | TBD
Q’STRAINT Securement Training
Receive instruction from Q’STRAINT/Sure-Lok representatives on proper securement of wheelchairs in school buses. This is a refresher class for TSD Roadeo contestants and main conference attendees.

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | TBD
Understanding the Foundations of Special Needs Transportation
Operations & Safety
Facilitator: Kathleen Furneaux
Panelists: John Benish & Julie Jilek
This informative panel of experienced industry experts will explore “why we do what we do” to provide safe and effective transportation to our most vulnerable students. Interactive discussions will focus on the foundations of IDEA and regulations, collaboration with special educators and operations.

Saturday, October 10

8:15 – 9:45 a.m. | TBD
Opening General Session & Keynote with Ross Bernstein
“The Champion’s Code’”

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | TBD
Managing Shared Services & Contractors
Law & Policy
Facilitator: Peggy Burns
Panelists: John Benish, Fred Doelker & Debbie Rike
The success of transportation operations for students with special needs depends largely on those charged with the responsibility of administering the school transportation program. This panel discussion, led by a special needs legal expert, will focus on the collaborative efforts of school districts and private transportation contractors that are necessary to provide oversight of transportation services, ongoing training, and compliance with state and federal rules and regulations.

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | TBD
Lessons Learned from Wheelchair Crash-Test Research
Operations & Safety
Presenter: Miriam Manary
Learn the “whys” behind the proper use of wheelchair tie-downs and occupant protection systems. This session will give participants insights into the importance of best practices in wheelchair transportation safety, and it will show crash videos that document the consequences of misuse. The content offers new ways to explain the importance of “doing it right” to colleagues, students and families.

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | TBD
Head Starts & Early Childhood Transportation Forum
Leadership and Collaboration
Presenter: Jay Thurber
Join a discussion with Head Start transporters at agencies and school districts to share information and resources, as well as answer questions and promote transparency to increase safety and convenience for student riders and their families.

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | TBD
PBIS on the Bus and Creating Behavior Plans
Operations & Safety
Presenter: Amy Tiedens
Learning how to use positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) on the school bus will assist transportation staff on how to interact and build a good working relationship with students who have emotional behavior disorders (EBD). Attendees will learn how to teach EBD students “Positive Bus Expectations,” and the bus staff will learn how to recognize the students for following the expectations.

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | TBD
What First-Time Transportation Directors Need to Know About Special Education
Law & Policy
Presenter: Pete Meslin
Are you a recent school building principal who is new to student transportation? Even if you were a hands-on administrator who worked with the transportation department, there are many nuances to learn about school bus operations, regulations, training, driver certifications and more. The learning curve is even steeper with regard to transporting students with disabilities. And if you’re brand-new to a school setting, you really have your work cut out for you. This session provides an overview of what it means to be a student transportation director who is suddenly in charge of providing service for our most vulnerable student population. It also provides a good starting point for the more in-depth seminar, “Understanding the Foundations of Special Needs Transportation.”

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | TBD
Using ‘MyPeers’ Head Start Resources
Leadership & Collaboration
Presenter: Steve Russell
MyPeers is an online resource available to all Head Start transporters to assist them with understanding federal requirements and implementing improvements into the operations. It acts as a supplement to the Early Childhood Knowledge and Learning Center (ECLCK). Learn more about this community and how you can utilize it.

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | TBD
Students with Autism: Tips and Tricks for Building Resiliency
Law & Policy
Presenter: Terri Drca
Participants will explore autism and the types of behavior that can be triggered on the school bus, as well as obtain practical strategies and innovative, evidence-based approaches to help students recover quickly from difficulties and regulate their emotions in a sensory-filled environment.

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | TBD
Utilizing Technology to Address Student Ridership Challenges
Leadership & Collaboration
Facilitator: Tony Corpin
Panelists: Greg Jackson, Jeffco Public Schools in Colorado; Gina McDuffie, Treker; Kevin Mest Zonar Systems; Richard Papa, TripSpark; Kimberly Rentner, Tyler Technologies
This workshop will discuss the methodology of adding technology into special needs operations. It will be a 30,000-foot overview of how tablets, student tracking and other on-board school bus technologies can assist student transporters with better servicing this student population, as well as meeting state and federal requirements. Learn how to make purchasing decisions, implement pilot programs, create training modules and more. The audience will discuss specific items to look for in various areas.

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | TBD
No Yellow Bus? Now What? Exploring Alternative Transportation Options for Students with Special Needs
Law & Policy
Facilitator: Charlie Hood
Presenters: Jeff Miles & Josh Rice
While we want the unparalleled safety record of the school bus to guide transportation services for all students, sometimes the yellow vehicle is not a feasible, cost-efficient option. Several other contracted options exist, more than ever before, but it’s vital that student transporters understand what is entailed when working with these companies. What about liability and insurance? Driver training and background checks? Vehicle safety, inspections and maintenance? Driver familiarity with the students and their individual needs? These are just some of the questions that school districts should be asking before selecting a nonyellow school bus service, whether it be paratransit, taxi cabs, “alternate” student transportation providers, or the new transportation network companies, also known as rideshare. Join a panel of student transportation experts as they discuss the homework that school districts must perform to determine the safest and most cost-effective alternatives for transporting students from home to school, or to special services that are required by the individualized education program, that also comply with federal, state and local laws and regulations. How do you ensure that contracts with providers include sufficient safeguards that are monitored and enforced?

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | TBD
Your New Best Friend: How a Child Passenger Technician Can Help Student Transporters
Leadership & Collaboration
Presenters: Denise Donaldson & Jackie Stackhouse Leach
Did you know that the federal government has a standardized curriculum to train individuals about crash dynamics and how to use child restraints properly to best protect children? And that these 42,000-plus certified child passenger safety technicians are able and eager to help anyone in the public, including student transporters? In this session, we’ll cover the many reasons your organization would benefit by collaborating with a technician, and how to find one in your area.

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | TBD
General Session & Keynote with Dr. Stephen Sroka
“Being Fearless in the Face of Adversity with the Courage to Lead: Navigating the Coronavirus & Other Crises”

Sunday, October 11

7:00 a.m.  – 8:30 a.m.
Sunday Service at JW Marriott

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  | TBD
Establishing Effective Interdisciplinary Team Training Programs
OT/PT/Transporter Forum
Presenters: Laura Blankenship, Fred Doelker, Mariam Manary, Susan Shutrump & Chris Yarber
Effective training programs are taught by team members with varied expertise using multi-faceted instructional modes. Panelists will share resources and strategies that support different learning styles and instruction that goes beyond memorization to developing vital on-the-job skills.

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  | TBD
LRE, Mainstreaming and Curb-to-Curb Service
Law & Policy
Presenters: Peggy Burns & Pete Meslin
The “Least Restrictive Environment” requirement under IDEA was established to ensure that students with disabilities are to be given every chance to succeed as their nondisabled counterparts, in addition to promoting lifelong independence, to the extent that is appropriate for each. For the related service of transportation, this means that strategies must be identified, arrangements must be made, and training provided throughout a student’s educational career, to eventually transition them from the curb-to-curb pick-up and drop-off service provided during their early years, to “mainstreamed” school bus boarding procedures, whenever and wherever possible. This panel, which is facilitated by a special needs transportation legal expert, brings together a transportation director, special needs trainer and a special educator to discuss strategies for introducing LRE not only into a student’s bus ride but how they prepare to board and exit the bus.

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  | TBD
Bridging the Gap – Sponsored by First Student
Leadership & Collaboration
Presenters: Dr. Allison Blackburn, Laura Greene-Halley, Will McDermott & Lisa Riveros
A panel discussion that is sponsored by First Student on providing tools for transporting students with disabilities. The panel will feature four key experts who work with students in special populations. The panel features Dr. Allison Blackburn, a behavioral psychology clinician from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital who works with students with developmental disabilities, and helps develop behavioral intervention tools and techniques. Joining Dr. Blackburn will be Lisa Riveros, director of transportation for Wichita Public Schools in Kansas; Laura Greene-Halley, director of BeSafe and Transporting Passengers with Disabilities for FirstGroup America; and Will McDermott, president of Hopewell Transportation and the former principal of Hopewell and Bridgepoint Academies in Illinois. Our panelists will discuss their experiences, and the tools and techniques they have found helpful in serving students who have developmental disabilities and behavior management struggles.

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | TBD
Length of Ride Time in Special Needs and Preschool Transportation
Law & Policy
Facilitator: TBD
Panelists: Debbie Rike & Peggy Stone
The length of ride time for students with disabilities and preschool students has been and continues to be a challenging issue for school districts across the country. We sometimes must transport students long distances from their homes to receive specialized services. And yet the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) deems it discrimination if these students have longer ride times than those of their typical peers. How can we provide transportation to necessary services, making sure not to shorten their school day and still be good stewards of taxpayer money? How long is too long? Come share in a discussion with the panelists, who have experience with this issue from positions similar to yours, and let’s try to figure it out together.

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | TBD
Ensuring Driver and Attendant Job Descriptions Match the Service Provided
Leadership & Collaboration
Facilitator: Alexandra Robinson
Panelists: Kenny Mulder & Rebecca Sykes
The essential daily functions of any employee are important, but when it comes to drivers and attendants, our “vagueness” doesn’t help! This session will explore the challenges and confusion that are often present with the necessary functions of drivers and attendants. A successful leader knows not everything can be “other duties as assigned.” Clarity of communication and training are essential when matching skill sets with the needs of our most fragile passengers.

10:30 a.m. – Noon | TBD
Overcoming Perplexing Challenges in Transporting Students with Disabilities
OT/PT/Transporter Forum
Presenters: Laura Blankenship, Fred Doelker, Miriam Manary, Susan Shutrump & Chris Yarber
In this integrative session, panelists and participants will work together to brainstorm solutions to challenging issues. Share your concerns and see what the group comes up with to answer your most difficult securement and positioning questions.

11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  | TBD
Creating Special Needs and Preschool School Bus Evacuation Plans
Operations & Safety
Presenters: Launi Harden, Denny Coughlin, Aaron Harris & Russell Newbold
Learn or review the necessary components of evacuation plans for students with special needs and preschoolers, based on industry best practices. Lessons learned from the previous day’s hands-on evacuation drills and training will also be shared.

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  | TBD
Crisis Planning for Special Needs Transportation
Leadership & Collaboration
Presenter: Julie Jilek
Transportation disaster preparedness and emergency response plans are typically designed for individuals without disabilities, and often the needs of students with disabilities are overlooked. This session will focus on how transportation carriers and school districts can work together to prepare for and respond to a variety of emergency and crisis situations, to ensure the safety of students with special needs.

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  | TBD
Special Medication and Equipment on the School Bus
Law & Policy
Presenters: Launi Harden & Angela McDonald
Participants will learn about the most commonly prescribed emergency medications that student transporters may encounter on the school bus.

4:15 p.m.  – 5:15 p.m. | JW Marriott Ballroom 5
General Session & Keynote with Tim Gard
“Laughter Becomes You!”

Monday, October 12

8:30 a.m. – Noon
Trade Show and Breakfast

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | TBD
Relationship-based Behavioral Intervention and De-escalation
Operations & Safety
Presenter: TBD
Especially when working with children who have emotional needs, what do you do to keep them safe on the school bus? Can you recognize when “it” is about to happen? Stop it before it happens. Early intervention for emotional volatile behavior/outbursts on the school bus requires preparation, training, understanding and teamwork. Learn strategies from a leading child psychologist.

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | TBD
Impact on the Ride: Knowing and Understanding 13 Student Disabilities/Characteristics
Law & Policy
Facilitator: Peggy Burns
Panelists: Laura Blankenship, Angela McDonald & Julie Jilek
IDEA recognizes 13 disability categories that apply to 3- through 21-year-old students who are eligible for services, including transportation. Do you and your team know them, not to mention grasp what each one means? The latter can differ from student to student, so it’s vital that you provide practical information to school bus drivers and monitors around a full scope of how these traits can manifest themselves in a transportation setting. More importantly, how do you ensure compliance with that training to increase student safety and keep yourself out of court?

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | TBD
CDL vs. Non-CDL: Strategies on Combat the Driver Shortage
Leadership & Collaboration
Facilitator: Alexandra Robinson
Panelists: Kenny Mulder & Rebecca Sykes
Recruitment and retention of school bus drivers are at a critical crossroads, so innovation is key. Come strategize and explore with us as our panel discusses creativity, contracting, alternative transportation and in-house solutions. Sometimes out-of-the-box and nontraditional solutions are required to ensure all children’s needs are met.

2:30 – 3:45 p.m. | TBD
Educating Team Members in What You Need to Know: Developing the Individualized Transportation Plan
Operations & Safety
Presenter: Susan Shutrump
Are you frustrated with the lack of commitment from some IEP team members in relaying important information to contribute to transportation planning? Could it be that they truly don’t know what information you need and its relevance to a safe ride? Come to this session to review a new resource to educate and guide multi-disciplinary teams in what information is vital and why.

2:30 – 3:45 p.m. | TBD
Good News, Bad News, Old News, New News: Where We Stand on Confidentiality
Law & Policy
Facilitator: Peggy Burns
Panelists: Laura Blankenship & TBD
Despite what you may be told, school bus drivers have a right to know certain details about the students in their care, when the information is critical to providing a safe onboard environment for all. This legal discussion centers on the aspects of student riders that should be shared with transportation and how the interpretation of a “need-to-know basis” has changed.

2:30 – 3:45 p.m. | TBD
Lessons from the Road: You Can’t Make This Stuff Up
Leadership & Collaboration
Presenter: Launi Harden
This session presents real-world examples of complex issues that arise on special education routes, and how differing perspectives of transportation departments and the larger school district seek to identify solutions. What are the best avenues to take to avoid conflict that can threaten the success of meeting the goals of each student’s IEP?

4:00 – 5:15 p.m. | TBD
When Drivers & Attendants Go Rogue: Ensuring Compliance with Training & Policies
Law & Policy
Presenters: Peggy Burns & Fred Doelker
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 discuss strategies for up-front screening, defining and communicating reasonable expectations and then helping employees cope with frustrating issues that are not within their control.

4:00 – 5:15 p.m. | TBD
Transportation Supports: Collaboration with Student Therapists
Leadership & Collaboration
Facilitator: Susan Shutrump
Panelists: Laura Blankenship, Terri Drca, Kenny Mulder & Katie Stollings
Do you know your school therapists, or better yet, what they can do for you? Occupational, physical and speech therapists all play a role in the safe transportation of students with special needs. Come hear how to get them involved and what they bring to the transportation team. The goal of the session is to review the role of each discipline and what they can contribute when developing the transportation plan. What strategies does each member need to get them onboard and to integrate services as a team?

4:00 – 5:15 p.m. | TBD
Fire Suppression Systems and Special Needs Routes
Operations & Safety
Presenters: Max Christensen, Peggy Stone & Michael Warner
The June 2019 recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board has resulted in many questions about installing fire suppression systems in all school buses, especially those that transport students with special needs. Hear from a student transportation operation that was on the cutting edge of installing the equipment several years ago. A state director who participated in NTSB’s investigation of the fatal 2017 fire onboard an Iowa school bus that resulted in the recommendation, will also share insights into how the technology could prevent similar tragedies from happening in a special needs setting.

Tuesday, October 13

7 a.m. – Noon
Live School Bus Crash Demonstration at CAPE
Hosted by SafeGuard/IMMI

TSD CONFERENCE
AGENDA-AT-A-GLANCE

Tentative as of 4/30/20. Subject to change.

Friday, October 9, 2020

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NHTSA Child Passenger Safety on School Buses Training
(65 participant limit)

8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
BESI Securement Training
(Main Conference and Roadeo Participants welcomed)

10:30 to Noon
Q’Straint Securement Training
(Main Conference and Roadeo Participants welcomed)

7 to 9 p.m.
Roadeo Contestants & Judges Meeting

Saturday, October 10, 2020

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Roadeo at Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation

8:15 to 9:45 a.m.
Opening General Session & Keynote
Ross Bernstein
“The Champion’s Code’”

10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

12:30 to 2 p.m.
Lunch On Your Own

2 to 4:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Stephen Sroka
“Being Fearless in the Face of Adversity with the Courage to Lead + Navigating the Coronavirus”

7 to 9 p.m. 
Roadeo Banquet
(For Roadeo participants, judges and sponsors)

Sunday, October 11, 2020

7 to 8 a.m.
Roadeo Contestants & Judges Debrief

7 to 8:30 a.m.
Sunday Service

9  to 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Lunch On Your Own

1:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions &
OT/PT/Transporter Forum

6 to 8 p.m.
Victory Lane Networking Reception

 

Monday, October 12, 2020

8 a.m. to Noon.
Trade Show + Breakfast

1 to 5:15 p.m.
Breakout sessions

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

7 a.m. to Noon
School Bus Crash Test at IMMI
Center for Advanced Product Evaluation
(Joint activity with STN EXPO Indy)

 

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