2008-2009 Summary Annual Report: Training

Training Highlights

  • Updated the National Course content and teaching methods and disseminated it to more than 150 trained instructors nationwide.
  • Conducted trainings including the SRTS National Course, the National Course Instructor Training and Skills for Local SRTS Program Development at the state and local levels.
  • Organized eleven Coaching Action Network Webinars in partnership with America Walks.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School offers a variety of training opportunities to fit the needs of various audiences. The following courses help build capacity and sustainability of the national Safe Routes to School program:

  • Safe Routes to School National Course
  • SRTS National Course Instructor Training
  • Skills for Local SRTS Program Development
  • Training for Engineers and other transportation professionals
  • Coaching Action Network Webinars

Details on all training can be accessed at www.saferoutesinfo.org/events-and-training/local-skills-training.

Training the trainers

Overall, more than 150 professionals, spread throughout the U.S, have participated in a Safe Routes to School National Course Instructor Training. In turn, these trainers teach others how to implement SRTS and, in the process, train new leaders. During this reporting period the course was updated with new content, case studies and images. The National Center conducted a webinar to brief instructors on changes to the course and provided a password protected Web site to enhance information sharing. To learn more about local-level SRTS, instructors were surveyed.

Free and subsidized training

The National Center strives to make training accessible to diverse audiences. The Safe Routes to School National Course is a primary tool in spreading the word about Safe Routes to School and preparing leaders to sustain the federal program in the long term. The National Center offers two free trainings to every state program.

  • Thirty-seven states requested and received an initial round of the Safe Routes to School National Course free of charge since it was first offered.
  • Eleven states have requested a second free training (made available starting in 2008).
  • The National Course and the National Course Instructor Training are offered at a subsidized cost. The National Center has also provided need-based scholarships on a competitive basis to individuals interested in instructor training who demonstrate a commitment to Safe Routes to School.

Accessible learning

To help provide even more access to SRTS expertise, the National Center provides Web-based learning. It offers a web-based version of the Skills for Local SRTS Development training and continues to collaborate with America Walks to produce free Coaching Action Network (CAN) Webinars. The Webinars are designed to introduce SRTS to new audiences and to increase skills for current SRTS leaders. The following were held during the reporting period:

  • July 2008: Physical Activity's Positive Effects on Learning
  • August 2008: Engaging Local News Media to Promote SRTS
  • September 2008: How to Plan, Organize and Run a SRTS Event
  • October 2008: Taking it to the Streets: NJDOT Urban SRTS Projects
  • November 2008: Safe Routes to School Liability Issues
  • January 2009: SRTS Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Education
  • February 2009: Turning Walk to School Day into a Year-Round Pedestrian Program
  • March 2009: SRTS Engineering Treatments, Part I
  • April 2009: SRTS Engineering Treatments, Part II
  • May 2009: SRTS in Rural Communities
  • June 2009: Complying with the ADA within Safe Routes to School