Coming in 2020: Transportation Leadership Academy Sessions

Joyce Tribbey, Communications Manager
Tuesday, January 21, 2020


We're pleased to announce new sessions of our Transportation Leadership Academy (TLA), coming this spring in Southern California and later in the year in Northern California! This is a unique opportunity to get the training you need to become the recognized transportation expert in your local education agency (LEA).

The TLA is an intensive program (held one weekend each month for 10 months) that's designed for school business professionals aspiring to or already working in a transportation management or leadership role who are interested in earning the CASBO Director of Transportation Certification*. Supervisors, directors and managers are encouraged to attend.

The TLA offers a collegial and cooperative atmosphere intended to provide the education and networking you need to gain an understanding of the dedication, care and compassion necessary for leadership, as well as the tools necessary to thrive beyond the academic environment. You'll learn about and attain proficiency in technical management topics, including:

  • School bus laws and regulations governing operations, instructor certifications, driver training and vehicle maintenance;
  • Budget and finance issues, including the Standardized Account Code Structure financial reporting system, operational and capital budgeting, purchasing, inventory, payables and payroll;
  • Personnel issues relative to the California Education Code, employment best practices, employee evaluations and leaves, collective bargaining, and conducting investigations;
  • Legal issues relative to ethics, sexual harassment training, child abuse reporting, citizen complaints, district policies, board relations, the Brown Act, student discipline and contracting for service;
  • School bus operations, best practices and comparative metrics relative to shop operations and vehicle maintenance, facility operations, dispatch and routing, appropriate staffing, driver training and record keeping; and
  • General management topics such as business writing and presentation skills, as well as enhanced management and situational leadership skills that will enhance your success and that of your transportation department.

Instruction takes place one weekend per month, with classes on Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The program registration fee is $2,500 and includes attendance and certificate of completion; materials and resources; and Friday dinner and Saturday continental breakfast and boxed lunch.

At time of publication, we are still working on choosing the date and location for the Northern California session. Watch your inbox and this newsletter for updates!

The Southern California session will be held at the Orange County Department of Education in Costa Mesa, beginning March 6, 2020, and running through December 2020. If you want to participate, please complete and submit your no-cost application, along with a cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation, no later than January 31, 2020. We’ll notify you by February 14, 2020, if your application is approved. Don't wait! There are just 13 seats left for this session!

Get the essential instruction you need to enhance your transportation career … and boost your LEA’s capacity. Attend one of our 2020 Transportation Leadership Academy sessions!

*To qualify for the CASBO Director of Transportation Certification, you must show proof of completion of all TLA requirements, including attendance and homework. Once you earn your TLA certificate of completion, you’ll be eligible to apply for CASBO certification.