When most people think of SRTS programs, elementary school students come to mind. This webinar will explain why it is so important to reach out to middle school students, describe why it is often so challenging to get through to them, and present three examples of programs designed to make an impact on these preteens.
Date: Monday, July 30
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT
John Egberts, the Assistant Director of the Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program, will provide some introductory remarks on why it is so important to continue educating students through middle school on pedestrian and bicycle safety. He will also provide some insight as to why it is so hard to reach this age group with ordinary lessons. John will present Florida's approach to a middle school curriculum focused on advanced topics such as pre-drivers' education, bike maintenance, health and nutrition, mapping and community connections.
Next, Meg Thomas from the Michigan Fitness Foundation will discuss their Make Trax Program which is geared toward middle school aged children and making the SRTS program "cool." This wonderful program has 8 different lessons to hook the pre-teens' interest including mapping technology, fieldwork lessons, how to gather data and photography.
Finally, Eileen Hyatt, board member of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington and Safe Routes to School bike and pedestrian safety education program instructor, will present the Washington's Safe Routes to School Bike and Pedestrian Safety Education Program. Four organizations worked to develop the Washington State program: The Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Feet First, the Washington Department of Transportation, and the Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction. The middle school curriculum contains 8 lessons on bicycle and pedestrian skills. So far, 141 physical education teachers at 27 school districts in 18 counties in Washington State have received the two-day training and equipment to implement the middle school curriculum. This first round of trained middle school teachers will reach an estimated 15,000 students each year.
This webinar is part of the SRTS Webinar Series, developed by America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School.