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CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS (As of 8/31/21. Subject to change.)


Friday, October 1 11:45 a.m.


Opening General Session, Luncheon & Keynote with Ross Bernstein “The Champion’s Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability, from the Sports World to the Business World”


2 p.m. The Child Psychology of Riding the School Bus Presenter: Bruce Henderson, Ph.D. Learn concepts from a child psychologist to reformat how you think transportation service and the school bus environment influences the schoolchildren in your care, especially amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. How is driver training impacted? What is technology’s role? How can school busing address the changing nature of our school systems?


Educating Students? How About Educating Your Technicians! Presenter: Jason Johnson, Horseheads Central School District / Elmira Heights Central School District (New York) Trying to prepare students for life is challenging enough. We seem to forget that adults still need to learn new things. A great training program can keep school bus technicians at the top of their game. There is nothing more frustrating than seeing a technician struggle with something when classes exist to help him or her accomplish the task at hand and be more productive with the daily workload. This session discusses where to look for training resources and options.


3:15 p.m.


Changing Bell Times to Achieve Greater Efficiency & Service Facilitator: Ryan Hahn, Strategic School Consulting Panelists: Joshua Hinerman, Robertson County Schools (Tennessee) & Janet Petrisin, Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township (Indiana) There are pros and cons to changing bell times, depending on what the forces are for that change. But multiple tiers have definite advantages especially in terms of the driver shortage. Discuss the nuts and bolts of how to change bell


times, the experiences of directors of transportation, and how can they tie into good outcomes for students as well as drivers? How can you ensure sustainability?


Crisis Communications Needs for the School Bus Environment Facilitator: Deb Hileman, Crisis Communications Institute Panelists: Martha Allen, Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township (Indiana) & Patricia Waites, Hamilton Southeastern Schools (Indiana) Despite the unparalleled safety of school buses, things sometimes go wrong. In those cases, what does your district or departmental crisis communication plan dictate when responding to parents, the media or the school board? Don’t have a plan? What must you do to create one? Discuss with a crisis communication expert and two assistant directors of transportation the importance of proactively and deliberately responding to tricky public relations situations, such as a crash or casualty incident, a young student being left on a bus alone at the end of a route, and other issues that attract stakeholder attention.


Implementing Electric School Buses Facilitator: Ewan Pritchard, Ph.D., PE Panelists: Todd Hawkins, First Student & Nathan Oliver, Monroe County School Corporation (Indiana) An engineering consultant facilitates a discussion with school districts on their experiences with adopting electric- powered school buses into their operations. They will discuss not only real-world range of the vehicles but also lessons learned when installing charging infrastructure. Conversations will also center on the feasibility of using electric school buses to charge the local grid.


4:45 – 6:45 p.m. TD Summit Day 1 (JW Marriott) Introductions & Networking


7 – 9 p.m. STN EXPO Indy Welcome Party at High Velocity Sports Bar Sponsored by


74 School Transportation News • SEPTEMBER 2021

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