Ted Finlayson-Schueler
118 Shirley Road
Syracuse, NY 13224
p. 315.446.6333
f. 315.703.1871
email. schoolbusted@safetyrules.net
web. www.safetyrules.net
WORK EXPERIENCE
President, Safety Rules!, Syracuse, NY Serving the school transportation community through
consultation, writing, instructor training, and presentations. 2004-present
Teaching Assistant, Syracuse University, School of Education, Cultural Foundations of
Education, 2005-2007
Executive Director, Pupil Transportation Safety Institute, Syracuse, NY Responsible for
organizational and program development, creating and publishing materials, research,
organizational and financial management. Regular speaker and author in the industry
conferences and publications. 1990 – 2004
Graduate Assistant, Syracuse University, School of Education, Adult Education Program
Syracuse, NY 13244 1989 – 90
Supervisor, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, School Transportation Safety Program Auburn, NY
13021 Served 227 school districts in Central and Western New York as transportation safety
resource through program development, direct instruction, and publications to parent groups,
school administrators, school boards, bus drivers, and students Coordinated training and
continuing education of School Bus Driver Instructors and Master Instructors 1985-1989
Weekend Terminal Manager and Bus Driver, Leon Franklin Inc. Irving Avenue Syracuse,
NY 13210. Managed weekend operation demand response para-transit system Worked as bus
driver during the week for severely physically and emotionally challenged children 1979-1985
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
Syracuse University
Doctoral Student, 2005-2007 School of Education, Disability Studies Program
Master of Science Degree, 1996 School of Education, Adult Education Program
Bachelor of Arts, 1983 Theta Chi Beta – Religion Department Honorary
State University of New York at Albany 1986 – 1988 Administration of Pupil Transportation
CONTINUING EDUCATION
Easter Seals Project Action
Introduction to Travel Training, 2008
Federal Transit Administration Transportation Safety Institute
Operational Bus System Safety Awareness Course 1994 Learning Institute for Nonprofit Organizations
Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, 1998-1999
Long Island University
Institute for Pupil Transportation Management, 1986-88
New York State Education Pupil Transportation Unit, School Bus Driver Training Program
School Bus Driver Instructor 1988
Master Instructor 1992
Master Instructor Trainer 1999-2001
National Association for Pupil Transportation
Professional Development Series
NAPT 101 Transportation Orientation, 2002
NAPT 201 Business Writing for Results, 2006
NAPT 202 Presentation Skills 2003
NAPT 501 Overseeing a Fleet Maintenance Program, 2007
NAPT 505 School Facility Planning, 2000
NAPT 601 School Bus Routing and Scheduling, 2004
NAPT 606, Emergency Planning and Risk Management, 2004
NAPT 607 Legal Issues, 2007
NAPT 608, Developing a Safety Program, 2004
NAPT 701 Introduction to Leadership and Management, 2004
NAPT 801 Special Education Transportation, 2007
NAPT 901 School Transportation Security Assessment, 2005
SNT 101 Special Needs Transportation, 2010
SNT 102 Child Passenger Safety Restraint Systems, 2008
SNT 103 Special Needs Roadeo Report, 2012
SNT 104 Special Needs Trade Show Report, 2010
SNT 105 Managing Special Needs Student Behaviors, 2011
SNT 106 Special Needs Transportation Leadership Seminar, 2010
Penn State University
Pupil Transportation Supervisor Course 1986, 87
Accident Investigation Course 1989
Advanced Accident Investigation Course 1989
US Department of Transportation
Connecting Communities: Emergency Preparedness and Security Forums, 2003
Alternative Fuels Safety Awareness Instructor 1993
Transit Bus Driver Instructor 1999
RELEVANT CERTIFICATION
National Association for Pupil Transportation
Special Needs Training Endorsement, 2012
Long Island University Institute for Pupil Transportation
Director of Pupil Transportation, 1988 New York State Education Department
School Bus Driver Instructor #90-298, 1988
Master Instructor #92-2, 1992
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
19-A Certified Examiner #SYR1386, 1988
Commercial Driver License Class B with Passenger, School Bus, and
Tank Endorsement
Pupil Transportation Safety Institute
School Bus Attendant Instructor, 1995 Transit Bus Driver Instructor, 1999
American Society of Safety Engineers
Professional Member 1998-present
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, 2003-present
aha! Process
Certified Bridges Out of Poverty Trainer 2011-2013
MAJOR PROJECTS AND PUBLICATIONS
New York State School Bus Driver Instructor Professional Development Seminar
Curriculum, 1999, 2008-2013
New York State School Bus Driver Pre-service Curriculum, 2010, 2013
New York State School Bus Driver Instructor Curriculum, 2010
Child Safety Restraint Systems, 2010 Online Course, Scenario Learning
Evacuation Planning for Students with Special Needs, 2010 Online Course, Scenario
Learning
Bus Behavior and Discipline, 2008 Online Course, Scenario Learning
“Transportation” heading in Encyclopedia of American Disability History, 2009
Graduate Student Research Fellowship in Accessible Transportation Easter Seals Project
Action—Council of University Transportation Centers, School Bus Travel Training: Least
Restrictive Environment Now, Independent Mobility for a Lifetime, 2008
School Bus Accident Critical Analysis, author, Safety Rules! 2006
School Transportation Guide for Parents of Children with Disabilities, author, 2006
District Safety Review, New York State Education Department, co-author, 2004
Building a Community Bus, Washington State Department of Transportation, 2003
Relative Risk of School Travel Member, Transportation Research Board Committee
commissioned to analyze the relative risk of travel to school by mode. 2003
Punctuality, School Site Safety Planning, and Staff Training Transporting Students with
Disabilities consultation, Washington, DC Public Schools, 2002 – 2003 North Carolina Special Needs Transportation Survey, North Carolina Department of Public
Instruction Primary Author 2000
Special Needs Transportation Training Curriculum, Pupil Transportation Safety Institute, coauthor, 2001
School Bus Attendant Training Curriculum, Pupil Transportation Safety Institute, co-author,
2004
Head Start Driver and Monitor Pre-service Training: for new drivers and monitors Pupil
Transportation Safety Institute, co-author, 2002
Head Start Driver and Monitor In-service Training: Attitude Matters Pupil Transportation
Safety Institute, co-author, 2004
School Bus Crash Data Analysis, Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Grant, Federal
Highway Traffic Safety Project, 1999-2000
Transit Bus Driver Instructor Train-the-Trainer Curriculum Development, New York State
Department of Transportation, RTAP Division
Master Instructor Train-the-Trainer Curriculum Development Project, New York State
Education Department, 1999
New York State Basic Course of Instruction for School Bus Drivers, Editor and Co-author,
1998
New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee School Bus Definition Analysis grant,
Prepared analysis of the laws and regulations of the three state agencies and federal government
governing school transportation in New York and provided recommendations for legislative
change, 1996
Seat Belts on School Buses Manual on the use of seat belts on school buses, New York State
Education Department grant, Led statewide series of workshops. 1994
Bus Safely, Safe Routes — Safe Stops Manual outlining procedures for safe and efficient
school bus stops and routes New York State Education Department. Led statewide series of
workshops. 1992
School Safety Planning: for Vehicle and Pedestrian Traffic Manual for districts to use in
developing safe traffic patterns on school sites. Statewide series of workshops. 1990
“Around The State” Editor, Newsletter providing school transportation safety information to
superintendents, transportation directors, driver trainers, and school boards 1987-89
NAPT 505 School Facility Planning Course Development, 2000
NAPT 101 School Transportation Orientation Course Development, 2002
NAPT 202 Presentation Skills Course Development, 2003
Numerous articles and commentaries in industry press
NATIONAL , REGIONAL, and STATE CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
10th Annual Child Passenger Safety Technical Conference, Transporting Children under 4
in a School Bus, 2012 STN Webinar, Learning Life Skills on the School Bus, 2012
New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, 4-Day In-service for Child Passenger
Safety Technician Instructors, 2012
9th Annual Child Passenger Safety Technical Conference, The Ever Changing School Bus
Seat, 2011
STN Webinar, The logic and theory of how to raise safety practices and reduce accidents,
2010
STN Webinar, Practical steps you can take to raise safety practices and reduce accidents,
2010
TASH, 2009, “Transportation, The Forgotten Related Service,” “Transportation Handbook for
Parents of Students with Disabilities.” 2009
National Association for Pupil Transportation Conference, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002,
2003, 2008, 2012
Disability Studies in Education, “Transportation: The Forgotten Related Service”, 2007
Society for Disability Studies “Intersectionality as a Traffic Safety Metaphor”e, 2007
Association of School Business Officials International, 2001
National Conference on Transporting Students with Disabilities, 1996-2004
National Safety Council National Conference, 1996-2004
All-Canada Conference, British Columbia, 2002
Southeastern States Conference, 1998
National Head Start Association Annual Training Conference, 1996-2002
School Transportation News School Transportation Expo, 1995-2004, 2010, 2012
▪ 2012 Topics: 10 Special Needs Questions You Don’t Want to Be asked in Court, Strategies for
Successful Presentations, and Travel Training: A Bridge to the Future
▪ 2010 Topics: Taking Special Education to the Next Level and Using Data Metrics in School
Transportation
School Transportation News Mid-America Conference, 1998
Northeast School Transportation Safety Institute, 1993, 1996, 1998
Colorado State Transportation Association Conference, 1996
Illinois State Association Conference, 1998, Keynote Address – Safety and Attitude
Iowa State Transportation Association, 2000, 2002 Massachusetts State Transportation Association, Keynote Address – Managing Your Attitude,
2003
Missouri State Transportation Association Conference, 2005
Montana State Association Conference, 1997, 1999, 2002
New Jersey State Transportation Association, 2001, 2004
New York State Association for Pupil Transportation, 1989-2004, 2007-2008, 2010
New York State School Bus Contractors’ Association, 1991-1998
New York State Department of Education, ongoing since 1994
North Carolina State Transportation Association Conference, 2005
Oklahoma State Department of Education Conference, Bullying, Giving Your Staff Tools for
Changing Times, 2011
Oregon State Transportation Association Conference, 2000, 2002
South Carolina State Transportation Association Conference, 2005
Texas Regional Transportation Conference, Keynote Address – Emerging Issues for Drivers and
Attendants, 2003
Utah State Transportation Association Conference, 1996
Virginia State Transportation Association Conference, 2005
Washington State Transportation Association, 2002, 2003
Wisconsin State Transportation Association, Keynote Address – Future of School
Transportation, 2003, 2004
HONORS, SPECIAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS, INVOLVEMENT
National Academies of Science Transportation Research Board, School Transportation
Subcommittee, 2004-present
National Association for Pupil Transportation 1986 – present
National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, Associate Member
1999 – present
New York Association for Pupil Transportation, 1986 – present
National Congress on School Transportation, Accident Data Writing Committee, 1999 – 2005,
chair 2000-2004, Appendix Writing Committee Chair 2010-present, Editing Committee, 2010-
present
National Head Start Association, 1995 – present Disability Studies in Education 2007-present
Society for Disability Studies 2006-present
Peer Review for Transportation Research Board Synthesis Survey on School Bus Safety,
2008
School Transportation News 25 Fascinating School Transportation Personalities, 2003
National Head Start Transportation Safety Workgroup, 2002-2003
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Safe School Trips Roundtable, 2001–2003
New York Association for Pupil Transportation
Friend of NYAPT Award, 2001
Certificate of Appreciation for Institute Development, Committee Chair 1988, 1990
National Academies of Science Transportation Research Board School Transportation Safety
Committee, 2000–2002
School Bus Fleet Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee, 1996-present
Conference on Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers Advisory
Committee, 1996-2004
National Safety Council, 1995-2004 School Transportation Section, Executive Committee,
1996–2004 Section 1st Vice Chair, 1999 Section Chair, 2000 – 2003
New York State Education Department
Commissioner of Education’s School Bus Driver Instructor Advisory Committee, 1996 – 1998,
2004-2012
Commissioner of Education’s Advisory Committee on School Transportation 1994-1998 (Chair
1994-1997), 1987-1989
Commissioner of Education’s Master Instructor Advisory Committee, 1994-1996
Certificate of Appreciation for assistance with development of the School Bus Driver Instructor
Training Program 1988
New York State Comprehensive School Bus Driver Safety Training Council 1998-2005
New York State Fair Display Developed and coordinated School Bus Safety display at the
State Fair with over 200 volunteers providing bus safety information to over 20,000 fairgoers
1987 – 89
References available on request.