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Professional Development 2014-15






Professional Development 2014-15 Calendar

For the 2014-15 school year OPT will offer a variety of professional development opportunities for school staff assigned to manage transportation in their schools.


For Public Schools and Charter Schools

School Opening Workshop for Transportation Coordinators
Workshops for school staff will be held at OPT headquarters in Long Island City. The sessions provide a basic overview of transportation services and are structured to assist anyone assigned to handle transportation issues in their school. Agenda topics include:

  • OPT overview
  • Managing key student data
  • Transportation functions in ATS
  • Managing MetroCards
  • Assigning yellow bus stops
  • Using OPT Web applications
  • Best Practices
  • Support for schools


Transportation Skill Building
Workshops developed for school staff with novice or intermediate skills will be held at OPT headquarters in Long Island City. The sessions are structured to allow participants to trouble shoot specific issues in their schools and review individual school data to discuss problem solving. Agenda topics include:

  • OPT Ridership reports
  • Using the OPT 199 application
  • Requesting replacement MetroCards
  • Variance and distance check requests
  • Suspensions and Students in Temporary Housing
  • NCLB and Gifted & Talented programs
  • Field trips

Please review the schedule of dates below and e-mail ejacobs2@schools.nyc.gov to sign up for a specific workshop date. You will receive confirmation and workshop information in advance of the scheduled date. All workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at OPT headquarters in Long Island City, Queens.

Transportation Skill Building Workshop Dates

October

8, 15, 29

November

19

December

10

January

7, 28

February 11
March 11, 25


Managing Transportation for Summer and the Upcoming School Year
In June, school staff must complete specific critical tasks in advance of summer school and also provide OPT with information for the upcoming school year. This workshop will focus on planning and completing these critical steps and will outline the transition process for both existing students and new students for September. Agenda topics include:

  • Summer transportation overview
  • Transition to September—stop-to-school and specialized transportation for students returning in September and new students enrolling in your school
  • OPT application review
    • School session time
    • SE reconciliation (SVER)
    • Non-public school calendar system for charter schools

Please review the schedule of dates below and e-mail ejacobs2@schools.nyc.gov to sign up for a specific workshop date. You will receive confirmation and workshop information in advance of the scheduled date. All workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at OPT headquarters in Long Island City, Queens.

Summer and Fall Transition Workshop Dates

April

29

May

6, 13, 20, 27

June

3



 


For Non-Public Schools
Transportation Training for non-public school staff can be arranged by e-mailing ejacobs2@schools.nyc.gov . Group workshops or individual school visits can be scheduled as needed to assist staff using NPSIS and OPT Web applications to manage transportation at their school.