September 24, 2019

Greetings Superheroes! It has been a very busy start to the school year and here we are staring October in the face already! We wanted to bring some awesome training opportunities to your attention that are being hosted by Arizona Association for Pupil Transportation (AAPT) as well as The-Trust. See below for all of the great training that you won't want to miss!

AAPT Fall Conference - Saturday, October 12th, 2019 at Sacaton Middle School.

This conference will have an emphasis on Special Needs Transportation and the organization is bringin in Patrick Mulick to present! For those of you that were with us 3 years ago, he presented for us at the 2017 Summer Conference. For more information and to register for this event, visit

Events provided by The-Trust and there are several! See below:

• 100-Day Guidelines Webinar, Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 11:30 a.m. See below to register
• ADE Foster Care Training Frenzy for Transportation, Thursday, October 3, 2019, 12:30 pm. For more information, click here.
• McKinney-Vento Guidelines Webinar, Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 10:30 a.m. For more information, click here.

Leadership in Training Director/Supervisor Class
This is a free class targeted at both new and experienced transportation directors and supervisors, whether or not their district is a Trust member. The class is geared toward transportation administrators and offers instruction on such industry topics as Arizona regulations, the 100-day transportation report and VIR, fleet maintenance, and the keys to stakeholder relations. Join a group of your peers for discussion and best practice approaches to a safe and well-run transportation department.
This class is being held at the Blue Ridge School District in Show Low on Friday, November 8, 2019.


Leadership in Training Train-the-Trainer Class for DPS Driver Trainers (Part I or Part II)

Part I. This is a free class targeted at both new and experienced DPS driver trainers. Driver trainers throughout Arizona, whether or not their district is a Trust member, receive training in all aspects of school bus driver instruction, including classroom preparation, paperwork, key classroom topics, behind-the-wheel teaching techniques, and rules and regulations governing pupil transportation. This class was originally offered during the 2018-19 school year.

Part II. This is a free class targeted at both new and experienced transportation driver trainers that builds on the original 2018/19 curriculum. Driver trainers throughout Arizona, whether or not their district is a Trust member, will experience training in the following topics: transportation paperwork entities and processes, in-service guidelines and techniques, and an overview of the new Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Additionally, an intensive hands-on special needs training that includes emergency evacuations and reasonable force will be offered, along with even more behind-the-wheel teaching techniques. You do not have to take these classes in order; you can participate in either of them independently.
These classes are being held at Blue Ridge School District in Show Low on Friday, November 8, 2019.


Webinar Series
100-Day Report Guidelines: The Trust 2019/20 Transportation Webinar Series is pleased to offer a "100-Day Report Guidelines" webinar on Wednesday, September 25, at 11:30 a.m. Guest host Brian Lockery, former Arizona Department of Education employee and 100-Day report expert, will guide you through various strategies, hints, and tips for your department process. For registration or more information about the 100-Day Report Webinar, click here.
McKinney-Vento Guidelines: The Trust is pleased to host guest speaker Sara Sims, Special Populations Coordinator with the Phoenix Elementary School District, who will present information on McKinney-Vento Guidelines. Mrs. Sims has an MSW from Arizona State University and is the McKinney-Vento Liaison for Phoenix #1 and will share her expertise on definitions and guidelines about the federal MV program specific to transportation. This webinar is being held on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 10:30 a.m.


100-Day Report Spreadsheet Class

Preparing transportation route and vehicle inventory reports is an essential and required part of school district transportation. These annual reports identify yearly ridership, and in turn, determine financial support from the state. Join Leadership in Training instructor Jason Nelson for this hands-on computer-based class that utilizes a template for data collection and analyzation. Participants must bring their laptop or electronic device, with excel (google documents won’t work), and will be given a USB drive to follow along with the class. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a notebook for notetaking and any route information that we can help with the information set up such as route data, student count data for the current school year, mileage cards and odometer readings from July 1st, and any other information that is used during data collection and 100-day reporting. We will spend time assisting participants in setting up databases so that the information is useable upon return to work.
The class is being held on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at the Trust building in Phoenix, and is limited to 50 participants.


In-Service Workshop (6 ½ hours refresher training)

Join Trust transportation staff and guest speakers for a 6 1/2 hour refresher training. Topics include bullying, emergency evacuation scenarios, reasonable force, and more. Attendees will receive 6 ½ hours of refresher training, with a report that is submitted to DPS. Continental breakfast is included; lunch is on your own.
This in-service workshop is being held at the Trust building in Phoenix on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


For more information about training opportunities and to register, please email Trust transportation manager, Stephanie Arbaugh, at or call (602) 200-2471. Space is limited so act fast!

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