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NASDPTS Annual Conference Agenda

Listed is the agenda as of August 18th.  Days and times of workshops are subject to change.

Thursday, October 27th   8:30am – 4:00pm NASDPTS Board of Directors Meeting (2021-2022 Board)
  12:00pm – 4:30pm Registration and Information Table
    4:30pm – 5:15pm First Time State Director and First Time NASDPTS Conference Attendee  Orientation
  • 5:45pm buses depart hotel
  • 6:00pm - dinner begins
Offsite Dinner sponsored by Safe FleetSeon


 Friday, October 28th   7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast on your Own
    7:00am +  Registration and Information Table
    8:00am - 8:15am Welcome and Introductions presented by Mike Simmons, President-Elect
    8:15am – 10:10am AGENCY UPDATE:  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration presented by Kristin Rosenthal, Highway Safety Specialist, Aaron Greenwood, Engineer and Laura Dunn, Highway Safety Specialist
  10:15am – 10:30am Break
  10:30am – 11:00am AGENCY UPDATE:  American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators presented by Anne Ferro, President & CEO
  11:00am – 12:00pm Understanding the Benefits of Automated and Autonomous Technology presented by Zack Lacelle, Vice President for Transportation Systems, Robotic Research (RR.AI) and Don Lefeve, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, RR.AI
  12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch co-sponsored by EverDriven and Rosco 

    1:00pm – 2:00pm Recommended Strategies for Implementing Safe Transportation for Children with Disabilities presented by Linda Bluth, Consultant
    2:00pm – 3:15pm AGENCY UPDATE:  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration presented by Larry Minor, Associate Administrator, Office of Policy
    3:15pm – 3:30pm Break
    3:30pm – 4:30pm AGENCY UPDATE:  U.S. Department of Education presented by David Cantrell, Acting Director, Office of Special Education Programs
    4:30pm – 5:00pm NASDPTS Business Meeting (State Directors Only)
SNAC & Associate Member Session  4:30pm – 5:30pmState and National Association Council Members + Associate Members Meet & Greet
    6:30pm Offsite Dinner sponsored by Thomas Built Buses, Inc.

Saturday, October 29th    7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast on Your Own
    7:00am + Registration and Information Table
    8:00am – 8:30am Association Updates presented by Rick Grisham, President, NAPT, Carina Noble, President, NSTA and Lexi Higgins, Deputy Director, Busing on the Lookout
    8:30am – 10:15am OEM Electric Bus Panel presented by Blue Bird, BYD, Collins, IC Bus, Pegasus Bus Company, The Lion Electric Co. and Thomas Built Buses, Inc.
  10:15am – 10:45am Continental Breakfast sponsored by United Safety

10:45am - 11:30am Electric Bus Regional State Director Panel presented by Anna Borges, California State Director, Mike Bullman, NASDPTS Secretary, South Carolina State Director, Pat McManamon, NASDPTS President, Vermont State Director and Chris Kath, Indiana State Director
  11:30am – 12:15pm Alternative Transportation Panel presented by EverDriven (formerly ALC Schools), HopSkipDrive and Zum Services, Inc.
  11:15am – 12:15pmSchool Bus Manufacturers Technical Council Meeting (SBMTC Members Only)
  12:15pm Lunch on your own 
  12:15pm – 1:30pmSupplier Council Tabletop Networking Setup
Supplier Council Sessions  1:00pm – 1:30pmSupplier Council Steering & Membership Committees (Committee Members only)

  1:30pm – 2:00pm Supplier Council Annual Meeting (Supplier Council Members only)
    2:00pm – 4:00pm Tabletop Networking with NASDPTS Supplier Council Members
    4:00pm – 5:00pm NASDPTS Annual Membership Meeting (Open to All NASDPTS Members)
    Evening on Your Own
Sunday, October 30th    7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast on Your Own
    7:15am +  Registration and Information Table
    8:00am - 8:15am The 2022 Kansas Loading & Unloading Survey presented by Keith Dreiling, Kansas State Director
    8:15am – 8:30am NASDPTS Resources You May Be Missing: NASDPTS Website presented by Jennifer Bruce, NASDPTS Administrative & Member Services Director and Chris Ellison, SNAC Chairman
    8:30am – 9:00am Safety Data Trends & Challenges presented by Kevin Chang, University of Idaho
    9:30am – 10:15am Driver Shortage Discussion presented by Tyler Bryan, NASDPTS Eastern Region Chair, Delaware State Director, Vijay Ramnarain, NASDPTS Southern Region Chair, Virginia State Director, Mike Stier, NASDPTS Central Region Chair, Illinois State Director and Brock Dittus, NASDPTS Western Region Chair, Oregon State
    9:45am - 10:15am What if? Developing Discussion-Based Exercises to Prepare for School Bus Emergencies presented by Josh Wickham, Tennessee State Director
  10:15am – 10:30am Break
  10:30am – 11:15am Entry-Level Driver Training: What’s Working and What’s Not presented by Susan Miller, Colorado State Director
  11:15am – 12:00pm Let There Be Light…Maybe presented by Mike LaRocco, Indiana State Director
  12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch co-sponsored by BESI, Inc. and First Light Safety Products

State Directors' Sessions   1:00pm – 2:15pm NASDPTS Board Meeting (2021-2022 Board and 2022-2023 Board – State Directors Welcome)
    2:15pm –4:00pm NASDPTS Business Meeting (State Directors)
SNAC & Associate Member Session   2:15pm – 3:15pm Roundtable Discussion:  Successes and Challenges of State Associations (all members welcome to attend)
    6:30pm Offsite Dinner sponsored by IC Bus, LLC

Monday, October 31st   7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast on Your Own
    7:15am Information Table
    8:00am – 8:30am

Driver Fitness Regional State Director Panel presented by Mike Bullman, NASDPTS Secretary, South Carolina State Director, Tyler Bryan, NASDPTS Eastern Regional Chair, Delaware State Director, Mike Stier, NASDPTS Central Region Chair, Illinois State Director and Susan Miller, Colorado State Director

    8:30am – 9:00amMarijuana and School Transportation presenter Chris Ellison, SNAC Chair and Board Representative and Transportation Manager at David Douglas School District
    9:00am – 10:15am AGENCY UPDATE:  National Transportation Safety Board presented by Meg Sweeney, Project Manager
  10:15am – 10:30am Break
  10:30am – 11:15am AGENCY UPDATE:  Transportation Security Administration presented by David Cooper, Industry Engagement Branch Manager, Surface Policy Division, Policy, Plans & Engagement
  11:15am - 12:00pm AGENCY UPDATE:  Environmental Protection Agency presented by Karl Simon, Director, Transportation & Climate Division
  12:00pm Conference Concludes - Thanks for Attending!
  12:15pm – 1:15pm NASDPTS Board Meeting (2022-2023 Board)

Contact Us:

PO Box 409 (180 Canada St.)
Lake George, NY  12845

Ronna Weber
Executive Director

(703) 203-6485

Jennifer Bruce
Administrative & 
Member Services Director
(518) 331-3019

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