Training Sessions

As of 9/6/22. Subject to change.

Wheelchair Securement Boot Camp

Date: Friday, July 14

Time: 8 a.m – 5 p.m.

Description: At this Training Boot Camp, student transporters will learn to train with AMF Bruns’ recently launched automatic and self-tensioning Silver Series retractors. With this course, school transportation professionals will be provided the tools to support and teach their teams proper safety techniques, which included hands-on training. The key objective to this course include: Overview of equipment, Securing the wheelchair, Securing the occupant with a different variety of occupant securements, Understanding your vehicle floor anchorages, WC 18 and WC 19 and understanding the regulation; identifying a WC 19 wheelchair, Raising awareness about risks of not properly securing passengers, Deboarding passengers, and Passenger sensitivity/etiquette.

Certification will be provided upon completion of this course.

This seminar is available to Main Conference Attendees but requires separate registration at no extra charge. Class size is limited to 50 participants.

(Maximum of 50 participants. Separate registration required.)

National School Bus Inspection Training Program

Instructors: Bobby Willams, Asst. Director Fleet Services, Cy-Fair ISD

Date: Saturday, July 15

Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Description: Developed by school bus maintenance and inspection expert Marshall Casey, STN EXPO offers the National School Bus Inspection Training Program to fully train technicians on how to conduct regular vehicle inspections, above and beyond state or federal Department of Transportation guidance. The eight-hour program held on Saturday, July 16 is derived from best practices used in overseeing the maintenance of school buses in South Carolina, the only completely owned and operated state fleet in the nation. Attendees will learn how to discover more defects prior to failure, which allows for expedited repairs, increased vehicle uptime, and a more efficient maintenance program. The program includes eight hours of classroom instruction, as well as a written exam.

(Maximum of 50 participants. Separate registration required.)

NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Restraint Training

Instructors: Chris Allen, Kathy Anneken, Denise Donaldson, Miriam Manary, David Murphy, Susan Shutrump, and Charlie Vits

Date: Saturday, July 15

Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Description: This eight-hour training seminar is approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and 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. Transportation provided.

Registration Fee: $199

(Maximum of 40 participants. Separate registration is required.)

Wheelchair Securement Training

Hosted by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok | Limited Seats Available

Date: Saturday, July 15

Time: 10 a.m. – Noon

Description: This interactive workshop is designed by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok as a comprehensive, advanced training session on the best practices of securing passengers with special needs and their wheelchairs.

(Maximum of 35 participants. Separate registration is required.)

So, You Want to Be a Transportation Supervisor?

Presenters: Chris Ellison, Pamela McDonald, Tim Purvis & Alexandra Robinson

Date: Saturday, July 15

Time: Noon – 5 p.m.

Description: A panel of student transportation experts provides 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.


(Maximum of 50 participants. Separate registration required.)

Additional Session Topics As of 4/13/22

  • New EPA Clean School Bus Program for Zero & Low Emissions 

  • School Bus Emergency Management 

  • Implementing Electric School Buses Into Fleets 

  • Total Transportation Program Management 

  • Wi-Fi on School Buses 

  • Electric Infrastructure Project Management 

  • New Staff Recruitment Tools 

  • Tablets for Student Transportation & Vehicle Management 

  • Developments in Renewable Fuel 

  • Navigating the 3G Sunset of Technology Devices 

  • Busing on the Lookout to Combat Human Trafficking 

  • Head Start Transportation Updates 

  • Fleet Management 

  • Women in Transportation 

  • Proactive School Bus Security Response Program 

  • How to Organize a Special Needs Bus Roadeo 

  • Green Bus Summit: Supplier Technology Panel Discussions

  • Transportation Director Summit: Leadership Discussion