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Dr. Nancy Blackwelder

There are two kinds of Administrators.

Those who have had a crisis....

And those who will.
 

How Bus Drivers Get Into Trouble – 6 DVD Instructional Series

This is a 6 DVD series of programs, where I have taken headlines directly from the news where drivers have been arrested, suspended, fired, or have subjected the school district to law suit and have developed the do's and don'ts around each topic.

I have video of what actually occurred on the bus in these situations and pictures of victims along with the actual newspaper or TV news headlines. It puts a face on the issues and brings reality to the pitfalls that face school bus drivers and assistants.

The following 6 programs are sold separately or as a package. Each program runs from 35 to 45 minutes and has 3 topics each.


Managing the Bus Environment Video Preview

How Bus Drivers Get Into Trouble: Program 1

Inappropriate Discipline

Driving Under the Influence

Unprofessional Behavior

Headlines: Caught on tape, a bus driver slams a 6-year-old girl onto the floor who won’t sit still.

Headlines: A school bus driver could be fired after a 5-year-old boy reported that the driver taped his mouth shut so he would stop talking.

Headlines: Bus driver caught on tape grabbing a boy by the neck and throwing him off the bus

Appropriate and inappropriate types of consequences are discussed. Discussion questions for each situation are presented which stimulate ideas about where the driver went wrong and what should have been done instead.

Headlines: Former New York school bus driver pleads guilty to 37 counts of reckless endangerment for driving a school bus drunk.

You would think it would go without saying that this is inappropriate and will result in criminal charges and termination, however, drivers test positive for drugs and alcohol all the time. This  is intended to make the driver think twice before making this mistake.

Headlines: School bus driver suspended after caught on tape using foul language while screaming at the students.

Headlines: School secretary suspended after making copies of student records.

Harassment, bullying, lying and arguing are all unprofessional conduct. Lack of confidentiality of student records can not only get the driver in trouble, but open the school district to lawsuit.

Materials included:

  • Instructor Curriculum Guide on CD Microsoft Word 2003
  • Power Point Presentation: on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • DVD 44 minute instructional video
  • Certificate of Completion on CD Power Point 2003

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How Bus Drivers Get Into Trouble: Program 2

Concealed Weapons

Displayed Weapons

Warning Signs

Headlines: Alabama Student Arrested for Bringing Handgun on Bus

School districts have developed crisis plans which, in large part, cover incidents that may occur on campus.  Lock down drills, code words for the intercom and procedures for teachers to follow are spelled out in detail.  Unfortunately, there isn’t the same due diligence spent on procedures for the school buses.  Bus drivers need to know where students hide weapons and drugs and make them aware of weapons that they may not have even considered a weapon.  A video is included that does just that.

Headlines: Shooting on board Philly school bus possibly result of bullying

What should they do if there is a hidden or displayed weapon? 

Headlines: Raw Video: Teen girl draws gun on school bus.

Each time there is a shooting, an in-depth study is conducted on the perpetrator and in retrospect, someone always says, “The warning signs were all there.  It’s a shame no one noticed.” Have your bus drivers been trained on what to look for in a child that may go off and become violent?  Not only are the warning signs discussed in this program, but a video of the youngster in the Bethel, Alaska  school shooting is interviewed in prison.  It is a compelling commentary.

Materials included:

  • Instructor Curriculum Guide on CD Microsoft Word 2003
  • Power Point Presentation: on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • DVD 45 minute instructional video
  • Certificate of Completion on CD Power Point 2003

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How Bus Drivers Get Into Trouble: Program 3

Driver - Student Relations

Social Networking

Intolerance / Acceptance

Headlines: School bus driver in sex case out on $20,000 bond.

Headlines: Former school bus driver found guilty to endangering welfare of a child.

Headlines: Onondaga Central School District bus driver accused of sexual relationship with student.

Drivers are more & more concerned with their responsibility as a school official to exhibit appropriate driver-student relations. It is important to understand boundaries and the nature of a fiduciary relationship, plus know what’s acceptable for appropriate and inappropriate touch and avoiding favoritism.

Headlines: Bus driver fired over Facebook posting

Headlines: Three educators fired for flirting on Facebook.

Headlines: Missouri passes a law prohibiting educators from using social networks to communicate with students.

A new concern has surfaced with social networking issues. This unit provides guidelines for bus drivers and assistants, to include, do’s & don’ts of “friending” and message content that can get drivers into trouble.

Headlines:  Bus driver suspended after heard yelling at Utah school kids using racial slurs against Hispanic and Polynesian students.

Drivers need to know tactics for overcoming biases and stereotypes.  How do you rectify language patterns & be sensitive to terminology?  All our children should be treated with respect.

Materials included:

  • Instructor Curriculum Guide on CD Microsoft Word 2003
  • Power Point Presentation: on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • DVD 37 minute instructional video
  • Certificate of Completion on CD Power Point 2003

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How Bus Drivers Get Into Trouble: Program 4

Failing to Curtail Bullying / Harassment

Angry Parents Boarding the Bus

Student Fights on the Bus

Headlines: Bus driver was attacked by a mother and her 12-year-old daughter because her son was being bullied on the bus.

Headlines: A dad losses his cool and threatens his daughter’s alleged bullies on the bus.

Schools are largely insulated from lawsuits UNLESS they have been told about a bullying problem & did nothing. Ideas are presented for preventing bullying, and dealing with and documenting incidents.

Headlines: Caught on tape: Mother attacks school bus driver.

Headlines: A mother attacks a student on a school bus because she thinks the other student is harassing her daughter.

What can you do when an angry parent boards the bus? Techniques of verbal control and withdrawal are discussed to avert confrontations on the road and re-direct them to a controlled situation at the school.

Headlines: Bus driver on administrative leave while officials investigate why the driver did not stop or intervene when a student from Belleview West was attacked twice over a period of several minutes.

How should drivers & assistants break up fights on the bus?  What are your responsibilities when you are told of a pending fight at the bus stop?

Materials included:

  • Instructor Curriculum Guide on CD Microsoft Word 2003
  • Power Point Presentation: on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • DVD 37 minute instructional video
  • Certificate of Completion on CD Power Point 2003

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How Bus Drivers Get Into Trouble: Program 5

Bus Stop – Route Fatalities

School Loading Zone Fatalities

Leaving Students Unattended

Headlines: Officials: Bus driver error cost girl's life

Headlines: District to settle in girl's death- Rebecca McKinney's family is expected to receive $1.1-million 

Headlines:  6-year-old Evan Lindquist dies after being struck by bus: Misdemeanor charges filed in fatal Pine River bus accident

This unit puts a face on the tragedy of bus route and stop fatalities. Of the 17 children killed in 2008-09, 10 were struck by their own bus. The other 7 were struck by passing vehicles. Guidelines for safe stops and routes are discussed along with how each of these accidents could have been prevented. There are pictures of victims along with the actual headlines. It can’t help but make bus drivers and assistants think twice about safety.

Headlines: Bus kills Atlanta kindergartener: School bus driver charged with “homicide by vehicle 2nd degree” in boy's death

Headlines: Pre-kindergartner Jameer Woodley was crossing his schools parking lot after getting off the bus, when he was struck by another bus.

The procedures on school property in the loading/unloading zone are slightly different than out on the street at bus stops.  Drivers have the responsibility to notify office staff if there is something about the loading zone that is unsafe. Just because school personnel gives you the signal to pull off, doesn’t mean you are not responsible for everyone around you.

Headlines:  School bus driver and monitor fired after a 5-year-old boy was dropped off alone at a bus stop.

Headlines: A bus driver and aide were fired after a 4-year-old special needs child was left abandoned on the bus for 2 hours.

Child endangerment is the issue and post trip checks using a child alarm system or empty bus sign is essential.

Materials included:

  • Instructor Curriculum Guide on CD Microsoft Word 2003
  • Power Point Presentation: on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • DVD 35 minute instructional video
  • Certificate of Completion on CD Power Point 2003

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How Bus Drivers Get Into Trouble: Program 6

Student Attacks on Drivers

Surviving Hostage Situations

Distracted Driving

Headlines: Portsmouth driver recounts attack on her.

Headlines: School bus driver Danny Campbell suffered a broken leg and facial injuries when the two cousins pulled him off the bus and assaulted him

Headlines: Kalamazoo bi-polar student snaps and beats bus driver apparently upset with how the substitute driver was performing her duties.

Six different scenarios straight from the headlines provide discussion on what happened and ideas about how it could have been prevented. There is discussion about actions that can escalate major misbehavior & how to avoid major confrontations.

Headlines: Driver stops student from hijacking bus.

What should they do?  This unit discusses active listening skills, such as, effective pauses, minimal encouragement, paraphrasing, emotion labeling, mirroring, open-ended questions, and “I” messages, Survival tips are suggested along with identification tips and on-board procedures        during a hostage situation.

Headlines: Bus driver rear ends SUV while texting.

Headlines: Bus Driver Suspended For Playing Games While Driving

Headlines: Book reading bus driver faces sacking

What is distracted driving? There are 3 main types: visual, manual and cognitive.  Research on distracted driving reveals some surprising facts.

Materials included:

  • Instructor Curriculum Guide on CD Microsoft Word 2003
  • Power Point Presentation: on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • DVD 44 minute instructional video
  • Certificate of Completion on CD Power Point 2003

Managing the Bus Environment Part One

Managing the Bus Environment Video PreviewBus drivers get a good deal of training on how to drive a vehicle, but are hungry for more information on how to Manage Student Behavior. This training can help. Don’t hang your drivers out to dry with inadequate student management training. Give them the tools they need to be successful.

What is Normal? Are kids really different these days? Learn the power of Encouragement & Praise. Consequences vs. Punishment - a key concept to successful behavioral management. You can’t just catch kids misbehaving and give consequences, you must also catch them doing it right and provide rewards. Basic bus rules using the key concepts of Respect, Responsibility, and Safety can simplify student management.

Materials included:

  • Instructor Curriculum Guide on CD Microsoft Word 2003
  • Power Point Presentation: on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • DVD 40 minute instructional video
  • Certificate of Completion on CD Power Point 2003

Managing the Bus Environment Part Two

Communication: The Key to SuccessIn Part Two of Managing the Bus Environment, drivers and assistants will hear discussion about Adaptive vs. Maladaptive behavior. Concepts that apply to bus drivers about assertive discipline are introduced. Six (6) myths about student behavior, the ten (10) most common mistakes adults make, tricks of the trade, twelve (12) adult actions that can escalate misbehavior, six (6) proven strategies for effective student management, and helpful hints provide substantive ideas for successful driver/student relationships and the best chance of creating a safe, controlled, positive bus environment.

Materials included:

  • Instructor Curriculum Guide on CD Microsoft Word 2003
  • Power Point Presentation: on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • DVD 40 minute instructional video
  • Certificate of Completion on CD Power Point 2003

Managing Special Needs Student Behavior

Communication: The Key to SuccessThis module familiarizes the participants with characteristics of students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, Communication Disorders and high-end ambulatory Emotional, Learning and Mental Disabilities- students who may or may not be mainstreamed on regular education buses.

Students with processing deficits require special strategies and understanding. Participants will learn what modifications and adaptations can be made to accommodate students with processing deficits, such as;

  1. Concrete vs. Abstract Concepts
  2. Telling Time
  3. Allowing Time for Processing
  4. Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic Learners
  5. Single Directions vs. Multiple Directions
  6. Body Language
  7. Limited Number of Rules
  8. Work on the Worst Behaviors First
  9. Positive Reinforcement
  10. Consistency
  11. Patience and Understanding
  12. Clear Communication

Discipline Tips provide concrete tools to make each student successful on the bus. Information on additional confidential records training is provided for the instructors.

Materials included:

  • Instructor Curriculum Guide on CD Microsoft Word 2003
  • Power Point Presentation: on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • DVD 60 minute instructional video
  • Certificate of Completion on CD Power Point 2003

Discipline Tips that Work

Communication: The Key to SuccessThe purpose of this video is to provide your staff with an easy-to-use resource for handling 18 different student behaviors. It takes the guesswork out of their treatment of discipline problems by offering quick actions that work to curtail misbehavior.

Not only will this information let them take the right discipline actions with students, but will also let them know why they are taking them.

Participants will learn how to identify students who are the agitator, the attention demander, the authority pusher, the last worder, the name caller, the pest, the bully, the fighter, the foulmouthed, the complainer, the negative group, the defier, and more.

This module provides a description of typical behaviors, primary causes of misbehavior and substantive suggestions in how to deal with the behavior.

Materials included:

  • Instructor Curriculum Guide on CD Microsoft Word 2003
  • Power Point Presentation: on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • DVD 50 minute instructional video
  • Certificate of Completion on CD Power Point 2003

It Can Happen Here:
Crisis Planning & Prevention

Crisis Planning & Prevention Video PreviewThe past few years have taught educators some hard lessons about safety of our schools. In order to ensure that our schools are safe havens, educators must now face the reality of planning for preventing violence or planning to react quickly and efficiently to violence. However unpleasant these options are, all educators must be prepared. This training features Dr. Nancy Blackwelder who shares her story as a victim of a school shooting. Please take the time to listen to her story. This one is a lesson no one hopes to need, but cannot afford to be without.

Materials included:

  • Instructor Curriculum Guide on CD Microsoft Word 2003
  • Power Point Presentation: on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • DVD 40 minute instructional video
  • Certificate of Completion on CD Power Point 2003

Bullying / Harassment

Bullying / Harassment Video PreviewEvery day thousands of teens wake up afraid to go to school. Bullying is a problem that affects millions of students of all races and classes. Bullying is an activity conducted by both male and female students. Yet because parents and educators don’t always see it, they may not understand how extreme it can get.

Studies show that people who are abused by their peers are at risk for mental health problems, such as, low self-esteem, stress, depression, or anxiety. They may also think about suicide. Sometimes the victim of repeated bullying cannot control the need for revenge and the situation becomes dangerous for everyone.

Cyberbullying is harassment by use of electronic devices through e-mail, text messaging, blogs, websites, mobile phones and pagers. This unregulated new forum for bullying is as bad or worse than traditional bullying.

This video defines the problem and gives substantive
ideas of how to stop the abuse.

Materials included:

  • Instructor Curriculum Guide on CD Microsoft Word 2003
  • Power Point Presentation (handouts) : on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • Participant Certificate of Completion: : on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • DVD 75 minute instructional video
  • CD 11 minute video, “Fight for your Rights”

Dealing With Angry People

Dealing With Angry People Video PreviewSchool bus drivers and assistants are faced with many complex situations each day and are largely isolated from any substantive assistance while out on the road. There is potential everyday for angry confrontations with parents, students, homeowners, co-workers and motorists. Give them the tools they need to appropriately deal with angry situations.

This module familiarizes participants with the early, intermediate and advanced levels of aggression. Participants will learn cognitive vs. visceral questioning as a technique to calm angry people; understand how body language, verbal and para-verbal behavior affect angry encounters; understand causes of stress, affects of stress and stress busters; take an anger self-assessment test, and understand the nature of anger, dealing with anger, and strategies to keep anger at bay.

Whether it be a student, co-worker, parent or motorist—understanding the issue, measuring our own responses, and de-escalating the situation is critical to being successful.

Materials included:

  • Instructor Curriculum Guide on CD Microsoft Word 2003
  • Power Point Presentation (Handouts) on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • DVD 80 minute instructional video
  • Certificate of Completion on CD Power Point 2003

Cultural Sensitivity

We live in a world of very diverse cultures with different values, Cultural Sensitivitybeliefs and practices. As educators, we need to be certain that we arm our employees with information that will preclude mistakes that offend others out of ignorance for their particular belief system.

Participants will learn the differences in values, beliefs, and practices, plus how different cultures interpret body language, eye contact, gestures, space, touch, time, spatial arrangement and other non-verbal symbols. Drivers and assistants will learn the differences between cultures' oral communication, to include, conversational style, understatement and exaggeration, compliments and silence. Important to the module is understand the value of having bias-free language and understand their own personality style and tolerance of other personality styles.

Materials included:
  • Instructor Curriculum Guide on CD Microsoft Word 2003
  • Power Point Presentation (handouts): on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • Participant Certificate of Completion: on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • DVD 60 minute instructional video

Cultural Diversity

Differences in gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age,Cultural Diversity and race are all potential pitfalls for educators who are not aware of the biases we all possess do to the nature of our life experiences. These biases can be destructive as we endeavor to build positive relationships with children and parents.

Participants will learn the definition, levels & dimensions of culture, as well as, develop an appreciation for the diversity of our culture. They'll discuss prejudice and tactics for overcoming stereotypes and biases and learn diversity and culture basics and dimensions of diversity. Other objectives include learning the differences between low and high context cultures, their preferred communication strategies, and attention to detail.

Materials included:

  • Instructor Curriculum Guide on CD Microsoft Word 2003
  • Power Point Presentation (handouts): on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • Participant Certificate of Completion: on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • DVD 60 minute instructional video

Communication: The Key to Success

Educators will learn key elements to successful communicationCommunication: The Key to Success with parents; to include, questioning techniques, empathetic responses, and the value of "what" questions.

They will also learn strategies for dealing with angry parents; to include, feigned confusion, paradox-the unexpected, surprise comment-surprise action, verbal control and withdrawal.

It's important for them to learn strategies for communicating with students; to include, the door opener, the power of the question, and the accurate empathy. Other topics, such as strategies for understanding their own conflict style give them insight into improved communications.

Materials included:

  • Instructor Curriculum Guide on CD Microsoft Word 2003
  • Power Point Presentation (handouts): on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • Participant Certificate of Completion: on CD Microsoft PPT 2003
  • DVD 60 minute instructional video

A Bus Attendant’s Guide to Student Management- 3 DVD series

This is a 3 DVD series of programs, designed to give bus attendants the basic information essential to successfully managing special needs students. As a school bus manager or trainer, you should place no employee on a special needs bus without this basic information.

Along with substantive, current information, there are videos of what actually occurs on the bus with actual TV news stories where situations have gone wrong. It puts a face on the issues and brings reality to the pitfalls that face bus attendants.

The following 3 programs are sold separately or as a package.


A Bus Attendant’s Guide to Student Management 1

Communication: The Key to SuccessTopics include: The Importance of the Bus Attendant, Qualifications and Major Duties, Where you Place Yourself on the Bus is Important, Teamwork between the Attendant and the Driver, Leaving Students Unattended, and Post Checking the Bus.

Materials included:

  • Instructor Curriculum Guide on CD Microsoft Word 2007
  • Power Point Presentation: on CD Microsoft PPT 2007
  • DVD 45 minute instructional video
  • Certificate of Completion on CD Power Point 2007

A Bus Attendant’s Guide to Student Management 2

Communication: The Key to SuccessTopics include: How to Get Students to Behave, Rules on the Bus, Encouragement and Praise, Consequences, Rewards, Reinforcement Density, Tricks of the Trade, Actions That Could Escalate Major Misbehavior, Discipline Tips, and Inappropriate Discipline.

Materials included:

  • Instructor Curriculum Guide on CD Microsoft Word 2007
  • Power Point Presentation: on CD Microsoft PPT 2007
  • DVD 60 minute instructional video
  • Certificate of Completion on CD Power Point 2007

A Bus Attendant’s Guide to Student Management 3

Communication: The Key to SuccessTopics include: The Americans with Disabilities Act, People First Language, Characteristics and Interventions for Children who are: Mentally Disabled, Emotionally Disabled, Learning Disabled, Communication Disorders, Hearing Impaired, Autism, and Physically Disabled. Discipline Tips, Alternatives to Punitive Discipline, FERPA, and Confidentiality of Records.

Materials included:

  • Instructor Curriculum Guide on CD Microsoft Word 2007
  • Power Point Presentation: on CD Microsoft PPT 2007
  • DVD 60 minute instructional video
  • Certificate of Completion on CD Power Point 2007

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Blackwelder Management Solutions LLC
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Video(s) of interest:
How Bus Drivers Get Into Trouble: Program 1
How Bus Drivers Get Into Trouble: Program 2
How Bus Drivers Get Into Trouble: Program 3
How Bus Drivers Get Into Trouble: Program 4
How Bus Drivers Get Into Trouble: Program 5
How Bus Drivers Get Into Trouble: Program 6
Managing the Bus Environment Part One
Managing the Bus Environment Part Two
Managing Special Needs Student Behavior
Discipline Tips that Work
It Can Happen Here: Crisis Planning & Prevention
Dealing with Angry People
Bullying / Harassment
Cultural Sensitivity
Cultural Diversity
Communication: The Key to Sucess
Bus Attendant's Guide-Student Management 1
Bus Attendant's Guide-Student Management 2
Bus Attendant's Guide-Student Management 3
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