2011-2012 Summary Annual Report: Training

Highlights

  • Held two SRTS National Course Instructor trainings and trained 25 new instructors. Currently 243 professionals have participated in a SRTS National Course Instructor Training.
  • Forty-one states have requested and received at least one free training.
  • Twenty-eight states have requested and received a second free training (made available starting in 2008).
  • Provided ten National Courses to communities at a subsidized cost.
  • Held thirteen webinars for SRTS practitioners with subcontractor 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 education options 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.

Free and Subsidized Training

The National Center strives to make in-person training accessible to diverse audiences. The Safe Routes to School National Course, the SRTS National Course Instructor Training, and a Walking School Bus 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-eight states have requested and received a second free training (made available starting in 2008).
  • Nine full scholarships were provided for instructor training participation (see Instructor Training).
  • Waived training fees for 10 participants who were either FHWA representatives or local hosts of the training.
  • Ten 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. The National Center hosted a webinar to brief instructors about the course changes.

Instructor Training

  • As of June 2012, 243 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 Yakima, WA, and one in Sterling, VA – training a total of 25 new instructors, including three FHWA staff.

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:
    • Promoting and Selling SRTS: National Resources to Give You a Head Start (197 participants) - July 2011.
    • Reaching Out to Students Who Live Too Far to Walk or Bike: Including Bus Riders and Improving Bus Stop Safety (250 participants) - August 2011.
    • Creating BUZZ Around Your SRTS Event (149 participants) - September 2011.
    • Location, Location, Location: New Guidance on Locating Schools in a Healthy, Sustainable Way (232 participants) - October 2011.
    • Keys to a Successful SRTS Program: Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers (231 participants) - November 2011.
    • Engaging Youth in Your SRTS Program (173 participants) - December 2011.
    • Pump Down the Volume: SRTS and Traffic Reduction (356 participants) - January 2012.
    • Making the Cold Cool: Keeping Your SRTS Program Going During the Winter (159 participants) - February 2012.
    • Building a SRTS Bike Brigade: Tips on Getting Started and Spreading the Success (265 participants) - March 2012.
    • Leaving No Stone Unturned: Tips and Tricks for Funding Your SRTS Program (213 participants) - April 2012.
    • Lessons from the 2011 SRTS Award Recipients (176 participants) - May 2012.
    • A Global Perspective: Lessons from International SRTS Programs (130 participants) - June 2012.
    • Slowing Drivers Down: Why it Matters and Two Communities' Solutions (251 participants) – June 2012.

 

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