WHO WE ARE...
The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT), which was created in 1974
and is headquartered in Albany, NY, is a nonprofit organization (IRC
Â§501 (c) (6)) that supports a $10.5 billion industry of over 500,000
people who transport more than 24 million children every school day.
NAPT is the school transportation industry's largest and most diverse membership organization. Professional school transportation personnel from both the public and private sector, school bus manufacturers and after-market service and product suppliers, come together through NAPT and help us develop and provide a wide variety of education and information services.
This cooperation and diversity offers NAPT members a dynamic, global community of experiences and therefore an unsurpassed opportunity to become better professionals and leaders in the pupil transportation industry.
WHAT WE DO...
NAPT members receive creative solutions to today's business challenges through cutting-edge educational programs, unsurpassed information and research, and thought provoking communications in a variety of formats.
We help our members and the industry by focusing on:
We strive to constantly
and effectively expand communication within the pupil transportation
industry as well as to the general public on the industryâďż˝ďż˝s behalf.
NAPT is known
for being one of the school transportation industryâ€™s most progressive
and innovative users of electronic media; in fact, NAPT launched one of
the school transportation industryâ€™s first websites on the Internet (www.napt.org
in the early 1990â€™s. We send members regular e-mail updates about
important industry issues and publish our own newsletter (The NAPT
) and video blog (NAPTV).
to these activities and projects, NAPT provides the content for News
& Views from NAPT
, published each month by School Bus Fleet
We strive to expand the
scope and frequency of professional growth opportunities for pupil
transportation personnel by sponsoring and participating in educational
activities that promote a greater understanding of pupil transportation
operations and management.
The NAPT Professional Development Series is the industry's only comprehensive training program designed exclusively for school transportation professionals. We offer nearly 40 different courses and are constantly evaluating new topics for training potential. In addition to providing numerous internet-based educational opportunities, we also offer workshops and regularly participate in state and local pupil transportation conferences across the country.
NAPT also sponsors the countryâ€™s premier school transportation conference, which features the worldâ€™s largest exhibit of school transportation products and services and offers an unmatched opportunity to network with leaders in the pupil transportation industry around the world, and co-sponsors the National Congress of School Transportation (www.ncstonline.org, an
industry-wide summit that produces the widely acclaimed National School
Transportation Specifications and Procedures.
We establish and/or foster relationships that will enable the industry to influence local, state and national initiatives that affect pupil transportation.
Members of the NAPT Public Policy Committee, Board of Directors and staff go to Washington, DC on a regular basis to discuss, debate and promote a variety of school bus safety issues in Congress and with important transportation safety agencies, like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). In addition,NAPT provides the industry's only online SchoolTransportation Advocacy Center, where members can utilize the nationâ€™s premier legislative information service to
quickly and easily send Congress an email or letter to reinforce
the grassroots voice of the industry.
We encourage and/or foster research on important issues related to pupil transportation safety and disseminate this information to pupil transportation personnel, school district administrators, safety and transportation experts and the general public.
In 1999, NAPT created a 501(c)(3) affiliate, The NAPT Foundation, Inc. (www.naptfoundation.org) to conduct and collect original research, analyze industry trends and measure public opinions about school bus transportation.In addition, NAPT publishes special interest reports, like Dr. Cal LeMonâ€™s acclaimed â€śReport Card on School Bus Safetyâ€ť and Dr. Linda Bluthâ€™s frequently quoted manual on â€śTransporting Students With Disabilitiesâ€ť, to foster broad-based industry knowledge.
We strive to enhance the reputation of the pupil transportation industry by promoting positive press and balanced reporting of school bus safety-related stories.
NAPT created and has sponsored since 1998 the School Bus Information Clearinghouse (www.schoolbusinfo.org), a well-known source of statistics, reports and other pertinent information about school bus safety. NAPT is also one of the founding members of the American School Bus Council (www.americanschoolbuscouncil.org), a coalition created in 2006 to inform parents, school officials and lawmakers about
the essential role the yellow school bus plays in the safety, health, and security of Americaâ€™s schoolchildren while providing access to school. In addition, NAPT co-sponsors and administers the longstanding â€śNational School Bus Safety Weekâ€ť - and its prestigious national school bus safety poster contest - as well as a comprehensive program of awards that honor school transportation professionals who perform acts of heroism or achieve safety-related excellence.
We work constantly to develop, enhance/expand and offer specific services and resources that will directly benefit pupil transportation personnel.
We listen to people in the field at every opportunity and use the feedback we receive and the information we gather to develop our member benefits. For example, the
NAPT Professional Development Series (PDS) Classes offered through NAPT State Associations and
sponsoring organizations are offered to NAPT members at reduced
pricing. In addition, every NAPT individual member is eligible to
receive $10,000 of Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D)
insurance from one of the nationâ€™s largest insurance services providers -
Guardian Life Insurance Company â€“ at no additional cost simply by
virtue of membership in the Association. In short, NAPT makes every
effort to bring our members the benefits they want and need.
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