2010-2011 Summary Annual Report: Training

Highlights

  • Held two SRTS National Course Instructor trainings and trained 30 new instructors. Currently 218 professionals have participated in a SRTS National Course Instructor Training.
  • Forty-one states have requested and received at least one free training.
  • Twenty-two states have received a second free training (made available starting in 2008).
  • Provided eleven National Courses to communities at a subsidized cost.
  • Held eleven webinars through America Walks.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School offers a variety of training opportunities to fit the needs of multiple audiences. The following courses help build capacity and sustainability of the federal 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
  • SRTS Webinars
  • Details on all training can be accessed at www.saferoutesinfo.org/events-and-training.

Instructor training

As of June 2011, 218 professionals 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 National Center held two instructor trainings – one in Birmingham, Ala., and one in Denver, Colo. – training a total of 30 new instructors.

Free and subsidized training

The National Center strives to make in-person training accessible to diverse audiences. The Safe Routes to School National Course and the SRTS National Course Instructor training are primary tools 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, provides the SRTS National Course and the National Course Instructor training at a subsidized cost, and provides need-based scholarships for the instructor training. 

  • Forty-one states have requested and received at least one free training.
  • Twenty-two states have received a second free training (made available starting in 2008).
  • Seven full scholarships were provided for instructor training participation (see Instructor Training).
  • Eleven National Courses were provided to communities at a subsidized cost.
  • In addition to training delivery, the National Center made several updates to the SRTS National Course materials and offered the updated materials to participants of all past instructor trainings. The primary focus of the update was to incorporate current research and statistics on school travel.

Web-based education

To provide even more access to SRTS expertise, the National Center provides Web-based education. During this reporting period, the National Center:

  • Continued to offer a web-based version of the Skills for Local SRTS Development training.
  • Continued to collaborate with America Walks to produce free SRTS Webinars. This webinar series is designed to introduce SRTS to new audiences and to increase skills for current SRTS leaders. The following webinars were held during the reporting period:
    • July 2010 – Navigating Change:  How to Use the Updated System for Accessing Parent Surveys and Student Travel Tallies
    • August 2010 – SRTS 101: Information and Resources to Jumpstart Your Program
    • September 2010 – Looking Both Ways: Helping Parents and Educators Support Safe Walking and Bicycling
    • October 2010 – Personal Security and Safe Routes to School
    • November 2010 – Making New Places for Play: Joint Use Agreements Between Schools and Parks
    • December 2010 – Top Ten SRTS Engineering Treatments for Improving Walking/Bicycling
    • January 2011 – Going High Tech with Safe Routes to School
    • February 2011 – Ways to Involve Law Enforcement in Safe Routes to School
    • March 2011 – How to Build a Walking School Bus Program from Grass Roots Up:  Lessons in Design, Implementation and Dissemination
    • April 2011 – Lessons from Florida's Crossing Guard Program
    • May 2011 – Great Ways to Include Bicycling in Your SRTS Program