January 25—27, 2021

Virtual Conference and Trade Show

 Let’s Talk.

 

Make plans to join us for a uniquely immersive and engaging digital experience, guaranteed to inspire. You’ll explore the latest best practices in providing leadership and service that can help you to improve operations and safety, while getting more quantifiable results from your transportation team. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend this leading virtual event!

This year we discuss the topics and have the conversations that make the difference in our industry. Attending the STN EXPO gives you access to the very best in school bus safety and student transportation training, peer-to-peer networking and the most innovative products, and technology companies, all while maintaining social distancing and safety protocols.

In addition to online conference sessions, attendees partake in a virtual trade show experience that links attendees directly with exhibitors. Join the virtual event starting 1/25.

Keynote Speakers

Ryan Avery

Go from Fatigued to Fulfilled

Ryan Avery is one of the most profound keynote speakers on strategic communication and leadership At age 25, Ryan became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history, competing against more than 30,000 contestants from 116 countries to claim the 2012 World Championship for Toastmasters International.

As an Emmy-award winning journalist, two-time best selling author and world record holder, Ryan has delivered more than 500+ keynotes in 33 countries around the globe. Ryan currently lives in the United States with his family and is on the mission to show leaders how to Go From A to THE® in their industry!

Learn more at www.RyanAvery.com.

School Transportation Nation Podcast

by School Transportation News | Episode 43: Ryan Avery

Ross Bernstein

Champions Code: Achieve Success Through Unorthodox Methods
He’s back! That’s right, we’re thrilled to announce that Ross Bernstein, our 2018 keynote speaker from STN EXPO Reno, will be returning to speak STN Expo Virtual in 2021 — and this time he will be presenting NEW material from his “Champion’s Code” program about how great teams are able to do more with less – especially in difficult times — while still leading with integrity. In this 30-minute keynote session, Ross will focus on several fascinating leaders from the world of sports, and explain how they were able to create “buy-in.” One of the featured vignettes will focus on the Oakland A’s iconic “Moneyball” teams that were able to achieve success through some very unorthodox methods. You won’t want to miss it, it’s going to really challenge you to think differently about how you lead and manage your teams in 2021 and beyond!

School Transportation Nation Podcast

by School Transportation News | Episode 44: Ross Bernstein

STN EXPO Keynote: Michael Gould, Zonar COO

3 Key Opportunities For 2021

As the world emerges from the pandemic with unprecedented change, schools are re-opening or plan to soon while following health guidelines. Many are starting to think about their future and their strategic direction in the light of the emerging new normal and the uncertainty. Is it time for you to reset your business strategy? The answer is a resounding yes. Schools have already learned from the pandemic that adaptation is the key to success. Harnessing your district’s unprecedented creativity this year is a powerful asset as we all emerge stronger, post-pandemic.

As school transportation departments continue to adapt and address the pressure to reach optimal operational efficiency and effectiveness while also reducing costs, join Michael Gould, chief operating officer at Zonar, for three key opportunities to take on in 2021.

Gould will discuss how you can achieve these goals and spur your thinking around your business practices so that your operations can not only survive but thrive over the long-term. Topics will include:

 

  • Harnessing COVID-19 learnings for enhanced post-pandemic student safety
  • Finding funds beyond the CARES Act available for more than just technology
  • Reimaging your maintenance and how to utilize integrated technology across your fleet

Conference Speakers

Katie Anderson

Katie Anderson

Partner

Clark Hill PLC
Antonio Civitella

Antonio Civitella

President and CEO

Transfinder

Session Promo

Maria Dwyer

Maria Dwyer

Labor & Employment Attorney

Clark Hill PLC
Don Harkey

Don Harkey

Founder and Chief Innovation Officer

People Centric Consulting Group
Sean Edmund Rogers, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Sean Edmund Rogers, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Executive Director of Inclusive Excellence, Spachman Professor of HR and Labor Relations, and Graduate Program Director, Healthcare Management College of Business

University of Rhode Island
Kristin Rosenthal

Kristin Rosenthal

School Bus Safety Specialist

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Laran Crowe
Transportation Director
Fort Payne City (Alabama) Schools

Keith Dreiling
Director of School Bus Safety and Education
Kansas State Department of Education

Derek Graham
Transportation Consultant
Derek Graham Consulting

Estelle Graves
School Bus Driver
Michigan Center (Michigan) School District

Katrina Falk
Director of Transportation
Shelby Eastern Schools
Shelbyville, Indiana

Ryan Hahn
School Transportation Consultant
Strategic School Consultants

Joshua Hinerman
Supervisor of Transportation
Robertson County (Tennessee) School

Greg Jackson
Executive Director of Transportation & Fleet Services
Jefferson County (Colorado) Schools

Leon Langley
Assistant Director of Transportation
Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools

Dave Meeuwsen
Transportation Manager
Zeeland (Michigan) Public Schools

Katrina Morris
Transportation Director
West Shore (Michigan) ESD

Kelly Shahan
Director of Transportation
Red Clay Consolidated School District
Wilmington, Delaware

Trey Stow
Shop Foreman
Fulton County (Georgia) Public Schools

Jeremy Wardle
Transportation Director
Canyons School District
Sandy, Utah

Conference Agenda

(As of 1/21/21 Subject to change)

7:30 a.m. PT/10:30 a.m. ET
Welcome & Orientation

8:00 a.m. PT/11:00 a.m. ET
Zonar Leadership Keynote: Michael Gould, Zonar COO 

8:20 a.m. PT/11:20 a.m. ET
REI – The Secrets of New Technology EXPOSED! 

8:55 a.m. PT/11:55 p.m. ET
Ryan Avery Keynote: “Go from Fatigued to Fulfilled” (Part I) 

9:15 a.m. PT/12:15 p.m. ET 
Breakout Sessions:
Making Decisions on Technology Adoption with Tony Corpin & Greg Jackson
Proactive Response Training for School Bus Drivers with Katrina Morris & Estelle Graves
The Fundamentals of Turning Equity into Access with Sean Edmund Rogers, Ph.D.

10:05 a.m. PT/1:05 p.m. ET 
Sponsored Presentations
The Lion Electric Company
Safe Fleet / SEON – Connected School Bus with Arby Creech, Osceola

10:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. ET
Breakout Sessions:
Choosing Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure with Dave Meeuwesen & Trey Stow
Seat Belts & Seating Charts on School Buses with Renee Dawson
Building Processes & Systems Through an Equity with Ryan Hahn (Part 1)

11:20 a.m. PT/2:20 p.m. ET
Sponsored Presentations:
ALC – Back to Basics With Your Student Transportation During Uncertain Times
Blue Bird – What Powers Your District?

11:50 a.m. PT/2:50 p.m. ET
Product Showcases:
IC Bus – Electric is here to stay
Zonar – Enhance Student Safety During and Post-Pandemic

12:10 p.m. PT/3:10 p.m. ET
Product Showcases:
Propane Education Research Council
Transfinder – Stopfinder PLUS + More: What’s in your arsenal?

12:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. ET
Ross Bernstein Keynote: “Champions Code: Achieve Success Through Unorthodox Methods” 

1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET
STN EXPO Virtual Trade Show 

2:00 p.m. PT/5:00 p.m. ET
Product Showcases:
Safe Fleet / SEON – Danger Zone Safety
Covel – PPE Solutions

2:20 p.m. PT/5:20 p.m. ET
Attendee Networking 
Let’s Talk Discussion:
COVID-19 Funding

3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET
Tony & Ryan Happy Hour Podcast (live) 

8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET
Morning Networking 
Let’s Talk Discussion:
Fleet Optimization

8:30 a.m. PT/11:30 a.m. ET
Welcome & Transfinder – Navigating 2021: A Roadmap During Uncertainty

9 a.m. PT/Noon ET
Ryan Avery Keynote: “Go from Fatigued to Fulfilled” (Part 2) 

9:20 a.m. PT/12:20 p.m. ET 
Breakout Sessions:
Using Data to Plan for Pandemic Ridership with Kelly Shahan
Best Practices for a New Era of Driver Training with Joshua Hinerman, Leon Langley & Jeremy Wardle
Building Processes & Systems Through an Equity Lens (Part 2) with Ryan Hahn

10:10 a.m. PT/1:10 p.m. ET
Zonar – Shifting Gears to Predictive Maintenance

10:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. ET
General Session:
The Legalities of School Bus Driver COVID-19 Vaccinations
Katie Anderson, Esq. & Maria Dwyer, Esq.
Clark Hill PLC

11:20 a.m. PT/2:20 p.m. ET
Sponsored Presentations:
IC Bus – An industry in motion
Kajeet

11:45 a.m. PT/2:45 p.m. ET
P
roduct Showcases:
Blue Bird – New Product Updates
Tyler Technologies 

12:05 p.m. PT/3:05 p.m. ET
Product Showcases:
REI – New Year. New Gear.
Synovia – Here Comes The Bus Activities

12:25 p.m. PT/3:25 p.m. ET
Product Showcase:
GOJO Industries (Purell) – Best Practices for Disinfecting School Buses
The Lion Electric Company

1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET
STN EXPO Virtual Trade Show 

2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET
Attendee Networking
Let’s Talk Discussion: Becoming THE Leader with Ryan Avery 

2:30 p.m. PT/5:30 p.m. ET
Tony & Ryan Happy Hour Podcast (live) 

8:00 a.m. PT/11:00 a.m. ET
Morning Networking 
Let’s Talk: Post-Pandemic Safety

8:30 a.m. PT/11:30 a.m. ET
Welcome & Tyler Technologies Sponsored Presentation 

9 a.m. PT/Noon ET
Ryan Avery Keynote: “Go from Fatigued to Fulfilled” (Part 3) 

9:20 a.m. PT/12:20 p.m. ET 
Breakout Sessions:
Properly Ventilated: Improving Airflow & Air Quality on School Buses with Laran Crowe
Railroad Crossing Safety with Derek Graham

The New Normal of Communication with Don Harkey 

10:10 a.m. PT/1:10 p.m. ET
General Session:
Protecting Students at School Bus Stops with Keith Dreiling & Kristin Rosenthal

11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET 
Sponsored Presentation:
Cummins – Cummins 2021 B6.7 and L9 for School Bus
Product Showcase:
Kajeet 

11:20 a.m. PT/2:20 p.m. ET
Product Showcase:
ALC – Tools for Your District’s Ever-Evolving Transportation Needs

11:40 a.m. PT/2:40 p.m. ET
Product Showcases:
School Bus Safety Company – A new idea to prevent Danger Zone fatalities
TransTraks

12:00 p.m. PT/3:00 p.m. ET
STN EXPO Virtual Trade Show 

1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET
Attendee Networking
Let’s Talk: Finding the Green to Go Green

1:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. ET
Tony & Ryan Happy Hour Podcast (live) 

These topics and more will be discussed
Jan. 25-27:

Building Organizational Processes & Systems Through an Equity Lens

Making Decisions on Adopting Technology

Addressing Employee Shortages

Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Explained

Proactive Response Training for School Bus Drivers

Student Loading & Unloading Safety

Creating Employee & Customer Engagement

 

Plus, Let’s Talk sharing and networking sessions!

Funding for COVID-19 & Beyond

Fleet Optimization

Becoming THE Leader

Post-Pandemic Safety

Finding the Green to Go Green

Innovation

Leadership

Safety

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for joining us at the STN EXPO Virtual Conference and Trade Show! We encourage all participants to engage in session discussions and take advantage of the networking opportunities. To ensure each participant has a memorable experience, we expect everyone to be respectful, courteous and professional towards each other. By registering and attending the conference, you are agreeing to comply with the STN EXPO Virtual Code of Conduct. 

Should you have any questions during the conference, please feel free to hop into the STN Help Desk and someone from our staff will be happy to assist you!

I registered and paid for the in-person 2020 TSD Conference/STN EXPO Indy/STN EXPO Reno Conference. Can I use my funds for this conference?
Yes! We’re happy to transfer your paid registration fees to the STN EXPO Virtual Conference. Please contact us at events@stnmedia.com PRIOR to registering for the conference to confirm your registration status and credit balance amount. Our team will provide additional instructions to register and transfer your funds.  

Already registered for in-person STN EXPO Reno but did not pay the registration fees yet? Please contact us to zero out your account first before re-registering.

How do I log into the STN EXPO Virtual event?
Use your All Access Pass Login Link

  1. Locate the All Access Pass email sent from School Transportation News/Hopin. If you did not receive this email, check your spam/junk box as it might have been blocked by your email firewall. 
    • If you are unable to receive our emails due to firewall issues, we may need to change your work email address to your personal email address in order to access the event.
  1. In the email, please click on the “ALL ACCESS PASS” button. Follow instructions to confirm and log in. 
  2. This will take you to the STN EXPO Virtual Lobby Reception page
  3. Join in on the action! Enjoy!  

PRO TIP: If you’re new to Hopin, once you’re at the lobby, update your account password to easily log in if you lose your all access pass log in link. 

  1. Click on My Account in the top right corner (it should be a circle with your initials)
  2. In your account, click on the Profile tab.  Select Change Password button about halfway down the page
  3. Create your own password for your Hopin account
  4. Once completed, open a new tab in your browser and visit the link: https://hopin.com/sign_in
  5. Log in using your account information
  6. Once in the Hopin platform, click on the Events tab, and select STN EXPO Virtual Conference event
  7. Join in on the action! Enjoy!

Can’t find or receive the All Access Pass Email? –Log in Via HopIn Password Reset

  1. Visit the link: https://hopin.com/sign_in 
  2. Click on Forgot your password on top of the blue Sign In button 
  3. Submit the email address you used to register for the STN EXPO VIRTUAL event and click on the blue Send Instructions button. It is important to enter the same email address used to register for the event. You will receive an email to reset your password 
  4. Open the Reset password instruction email and click on the Change my password link 
  5. Create your password when your browser opens a new page to reset your password for the Hopin site
  6. Once you submit your password, the browser will take you to your account page on Hopin
  7. Once in the Hopin platform, click on the Events tab, and select STN EXPO Virtual Conference event
  8. Join in on the action! Enjoy!
I registered for the event but did not receive any login information for the virtual platform.
If you have completed your registration on Cvent and paid for the conference, you will receive an email from School Transportation News/Hopin to log into the virtual platform. Please check spam/junk folder if you do not receive the email. 

If you registered but we did not receive payment, you will not be onboarded to the virtual platform. 

To check your registration details and payment status, use the following instructions:

  1. Visit our STN EXPO Virtual website at https://stnexpovirtual.com/
  2. Click on the Register Now button on the home page (You must do this for each separate registration)
  3. Click on Already Registered? on the registration page
  4. Input registrant’s email address and confirmation number (sent to you after re-registration), click OK
  5. You are now in the registration portal. Here you can review your registration details.
  6. Click on the Modify button on the top left corner and update your contact information and registration questions.
  7. Scroll to the bottom to check your payment details. If you have a balance, you can make a credit card payment by clicking on the Submit Payment button on the top menu bar.
I’m in! What do I do now?
Please feel free to explore the STN EXPO virtual platform. You will see several buttons on the left control panel. 

Click on Virtual Lobby to see the details of the event and scroll down to see the daily schedule.  Click on Trade Show to visit all the sponsored booths for the STN EXPO Virtual Trade Show. The trade show will be open all day, however, we do have dedicated trade show hours each day, so you don’t need to miss out on any sessions. What to meet new people and chat? Click on Networking to be randomly matched with an attendee. You can also use the chat function to message all conference attendees. You can also participate in our daily polls here. Presentations and keynotes will be on the Main Stage or Sessions during its scheduled time slot. Please review the daily schedule for time and location for each event.

Where is the daily schedule?
You can see the agenda on the STN EXPO VIRTUAL website at https://stnexpovirtual.com/#agenda.  Please note all schedules are subject to change without notice.

When the event is live, head over to the STN EXPO VIRTUAL reception on the virtual platform by clicking the Virtual Lobby button on the left panel. Scroll down and you’ll see the daily schedule. Select desire date to see the schedule for that day. 

Please note that all times are displayed in your time zone. 

Presentation/event locations (Main Stage, Sessions, Trade Show) are displayed under the time for each event. Please select the correct button on the left panel at the start of the presentation/event to join. Please note that Sessions will only appear on the list during its time slot.

I missed a session! Where can I re-watch a presentation?
Unfortunately, the virtual platform does not have an on-demand replay capability, and some of our speakers are not allowing recordings of their sessions, so like at a live conference, it is important to mark your calendar and attend the sessions that are important to you. A few of our keynotes may be recorded and replayed (replay schedule and location TBD), but to get the most out of our event, please plan on joining us live during the conference and lend your voice to the community.
I’m trying to join in on a session discussion. How do I get on camera?
Participants are encouraged to join in the discussion on each Session. To join on camera, click on the yellow Share Audio and Video button to request to join. A moderator will see your request to join. Once the moderator accepts your request, you’ll be live on screen. Please make sure your camera and microphone are turned on. There is a limit to how many screens can be live at a time, so please be patient if you’re added into the queue. You can also utilize the Chat feature to send messages to everyone watching the session. Please be courteous and professional to others during the sessions. 

See the Code of Conduct for this event, please visit the STN Terms and ConditionsHERE.

I clicked on Share Audio and Video and nothing happened. Now what?
Sometimes your computer or internet just needs a quick refresh if the page times out. Please cancel the request, refresh the page and try again.

If that doesn’t work, your browser could be blocking the action for security reasons. The browser may be trying to ask for permission to allow your camera and microphone to be used on the page. A pop up may appear on your browser, and you must allow the site to use your camera and microphone in order for your request to go through. If you’re still having trouble, please see our staff at the STN EXPO Help Desk and we’ll help you troubleshoot the issue. You can also check out this Hopin article for more information.

I’m presenting and I hear a horrible echo! What is wrong?
There are two likely scenarios that can cause an echo during a session, first being someone accidently having a second browser window or tab open, and the other being two computers close to each other in a crowded office space.

Unlike a webinar or a Zoom meeting, with a virtual conference there are many ways you can interact with your peers: Stage events, group sessions or one-on-one networking meetings. Since several of these could be running simultaneously, it is very easy to make a mistake and have multiple browser windows or tabs open, each with the microphone picking up the sound from the other window, which then goes into an infinite echo.

What do I do?

The first step is to make sure you are not the source of the issue. This is like the safety video on the plane where you put your oxygen mask on first before assisting the person next to you. Mute your microphone on your active session and check that you do not have any other browser windows or tabs open.

If the problem persists, you can try muting each of the speakers on the session to try to identify the source of the issue.

I am a moderator – how can I help?

The moderator of a session or trade show booth has the added ability to remove someone from a session. If after confirming that your computer is not the issue, you can try to identify another user that might be having difficulty. You can remove that person from the session and continue.  Once that person resolves their issue, they can request to rejoin the session. 

None of that worked – now what?

Sometimes a session needs to be restarted to clear up the problem. In this case a moderator might ask all the people on camera to leave momentarily and then come back into the session. The moderator would then leave as well. Having a session with no one sharing their camera or microphone effectively “resets” the session.

Office environment best practices:

If you can, use a pair of headphones or ear buds to listen to the event. If you are in a crowded area where another guest might be on the same virtual event, keep your microphone button on your screen muted unless you would like to speak. Ask the other person nearby to mute their microphone button. 

I’m having a hard time accessing the virtual platform!
The preferred web browser for the Hopin platform is Google Chrome or FireFox. If you are using any other web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Safari, or Microsoft Edge, please exit and download either Google Chrome or Firefox to access the platform. You can also refer to this support article from Hopin for more details.
Can I watch on my smart phone or tablet?
Yes, however, the preferred method is using your web browser on your desktop or laptop. You can check out this support article from Hopin for more details. 
How do I chat with a participant?
From the STN EXPO Virtual Lobby, you should see the chat panels on the right side of the screen. Click on the Chat tab to see the main event chat. Click on the People tab to see the list of participants. Search for the desired person using the search bar and click on their profile. Once in their profile, you can invite them to a private video call or send them a private message. 

Please note that if someone is on camera in a session and accepts a private video call at the same time, they will be kicked off the original session and will need to request to join back in. 

If you are in a session or on the main stage window, you will see a separate Event tab and a Session/Main Stage tab on top. Please make sure to use the chat function under the Event tab to chat with everyone in the main conference chat, and use the chat function under the Session/Main Stage tab to chat with everyone within that specific session. To send a direct message, click on the arrow icon on the top right corner (by your profile icon), and click on Start a conversation to search for the desired person. 

While we encourage everyone to participate and network, please be respectful, courteous and professional towards each other. To see the STN Code of Conduct for this event, please visit the STN Terms and Conditions HERE.

Do I have to be on camera?
Participants are encouraged to join in the discussion on each session, meet with vendors in their booth, and network with other attendees. However, you are not required to be on camera. Please feel free to use the chat function to connect to other participants. 

However, if you decide to share your audio and video, please do your part to maintain a professional and safe space for all participants. Please be courteous and respectful to others in any modes of communication within the platform. See the STN Code of Conduct in the STN Terms and Conditions.

I can’t see or hear anything!
If you are joining us from work, there’s a chance that your work network is behind a firewall, blocking Hopin’s access. Please contact the IT department at your workplace to whitelist specific websites and ports in order for Hopin to work properly. Please visit this Hopin support article on Network Connectivity Settings for further instructions.

Questions and Comments

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Conference Management

Alice Hung Sabedra
Event Manager
alice@stnmedia.com
310.802.7811

Questions regarding registrations, speakers, and schedule

Samantha Gyerman
Event Coordinator
samantha@stnmedia.com
310.802.7812

Questions regarding trade show

Amy Yamakawa
Event Coordinator
amy@stnmedia.com
310.802.7807

Conference Programming

Ryan Gray
Chief Content Officer
ryan@stnonline.com
310.802.7806

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

Tony Corpin
President, STN Media Group
tony@stnmedia.com
310.802.7803

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