2009-2010 Summary Annual Report: Training

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 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.

Training the Trainers

To date, more than 170 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 Phoenix, Ariz., and one in Sacramento, Calif. – training 19 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 ─ on a competitive basis ─ to interested individuals who demonstrate a commitment to Safe Routes to School.  

  • Thirty-nine states have requested and received at least one free training since the training program was initially offered.
  • Fifteen states have received a second free training in full (made available starting in 2008). Seven states have utilized half of a second free training by sending one person to an SRTS National Course instructor training.
  • Two partial scholarships and two full scholarships were provided for instructor training registration fees (see Training the Trainers).
  • Three National Courses were provided to communities at a subsidized cost.

Accessible Learning

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

  • Continued to offer a web-based version of the Skills for Local SRTS Development training, and submitted an evaluation of this training.
  • Sponsored an ITE webinar on multi-modal school site planning.
  • 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:August 2009- Safe Routes to School: A National View of Parent Attitudes and Student Travel
    • August 2009 - Safe Routes to School: Teens Go Green Program
    • September 2009 - Safe Routes to School: Teens Go Green Program
    • October 2009 - Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Learning By Example from an Award Winning SRTS Program (Bear Creek Elementary)
    • November 2009 - The Real Cost of School Siting
    • January 2010 - School Bicycling and Walking Policies, Addressing Policies that Hinder and Implementing Policies that Help
    • February 2010 - Connecting Safe Routes to School with Health
    • March 2010 - What Does It Take to Get Drivers to Yield: Engineering Measures that Work
    • April 2010 - Environmental Measures for Safe Routes to School: Understanding the Basics of Air Pollution
    • May 2010 - Ensuring Your Safe Routes to School Program Includes Children with Disabilities.
    • June 2010 - Safe Routes to School Mini-Grants: How a Little Can Go a Long Way