Break the code of Silence

Target Audiences for All Topics

School Board members

District Administrators

School Administrators

Security Personnel


School Bus Drivers


State Administrators

Staff Development Specialist

  Bus Driver & Attendant On-line Courses

Dr. Nancy Blackwelder

There are two kinds of Administrators.

Those who have had a crisis....

And those who will.

  • It is invaluable as remediation for drivers or attendants having difficulty with student management issues, and/or
  • Employees who miss the annual state required continuing education program.
  • There is an “Are You There?”, function that prohibits jumping ahead or walking away from the computer. 
  • Employees can take the course on their down time or at home. 
  • They can stop at any time and return to the place they left off.
  • There are quizzes that must be passed with 80% minimum proficiency.
  • Upon completion of the course, participants can print a certificate that can be included in their file as evidence of participation.
  • Accepts all major credit cards, or fax a purchase order to 727-362-1984 along with your email address and a code will be mailed to you that allows access to the course.

A Bus Attendant s Guide to Student Management Program s: 1,2 & 3

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

    • Evaluate situations where discipline went wrong and discuss positive alternatives.
    • Learn the importance of the job to the safety of the students transported.
    • Learn about proximity control and the importance of where you sit on the bus in an effort to control conduct and make sure the students are comfortable and safe
    • Learn the importance and technique of post checking the bus to avoid leaving students on the bus.
    • Learn alternatives to leaving primary and pre-school students at bus stops.
    • Learn the value of communicating with the driver, agreeing upon rules, consequences and rewards, and the importance of TEAMWORK.
    • Learn about common pitfalls that can cause situations to escalate.
    • Learn appropriate consequences for students who do not abide by the rules.
    • Understand the importance of their role as an educator, teaching social skills.
    • Understand that developing a rapport with students will do more to contribute to a positive bus environment, reduce discipline problems and create a caring safe environment for everyone.
    • Understand there are numerous factors that contribute to differing student expectations, behavior and experiences, such as; exposure to sex and violence, family structure, conflict resolution skills, and social isolationism. This contributes to differing ideas of normal behavior.
    • Understand the basic concepts of behavior modification to include; clearly communicated rules; positive reinforcement/ reinforcement density; minimal and progressive consequences for maladaptive behavior; and rewards for adaptive behavior.
    • Understand some tricks of the trade.
    • Understand twelve actions that can escalate misbehavior.
    • Understand some helpful hints in dealing with students.
    • Understand characteristics of students with: Communication Disorders; Emotional, Physical, Learning, and Mental Disabilities; and Autism
    • Appreciate the frustrations associated with living with a processing deficit.
    • Learn strategies to effectively work with each child s disability.
    • Learn people first language.
    • Learn about the American s with Disability Act and it s importance to transportation.
    • Learn alternatives to punitive discipline.
    • Learn about the importance of confidentiality of records and the associated laws.
    • Learn what modifications and adaptations can be made to accommodate students with processing deficits, such as;
      • Concrete Concepts vs. Abstract Concepts
      • "Allowing Time for Processing
      • Single Directions vs. Multiple Directions
      • Body Language
      • Limited Number of Rules
      • Work on the Worst Behaviors First
      • Positive Reinforcement
      • Consistency
      • Patience
      • Clear communication
      • Routines


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