Local Skills Training

Skills for Local Safe Routes to School Program Development

Safe Routes to School programs require the support and expertise of many different people who start with a thoughtful assessment of a community's circumstances and ways to monitor progress. This training focuses on key steps to comprehensive SRTS planning, specifically addressing process issues critical to creating a solid framework on which to build a successful SRTS program.

Using presentations, group discussion and hands-on exercises, this one-day training equips participants with practical approaches, community-tested processes, and tools to plan and implement education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation strategies. (Changes to the physical environment are extremely important and are briefly addressed with respect to their role in SRTS, but specific engineering issues and strategies are not discussed.)

Participants will gain an understanding of the skills and processes needed to establish a thriving task force, the basic tools used to gather information that will help guide program planning and evaluation, and the processes to implement successful SRTS strategies.

This interactive training was developed by the National Center for Safe Routes to School.

Training highlights:

  • Designed for local SRTS taskforce members, consultants, or regional SRTS coordinators responsible for guiding community programs
  • Core content is blended with opportunities for discussion of participants' current SRTS issues and hands-on practice in developing a SRTS plan
  • Taught by two instructors with "on the ground" experience with local SRTS program planning and implementation

Training agenda includes:

  • Safe Routes to School 101 — A general overview of SRTS programs, why they are important and a review of the five "E's" that comprise a comprehensive SRTS program. Participants receive a ready-to-use promotional PowerPoint and tips for generating interest.
  • Getting Started — Building a SRTS Taskforce — Information and resources to identify and recruit key stakeholders and to conduct a successful kick off meeting.
  • Program Planning Phase One — The "What, Where, How and Who" of data collection for SRTS program planning and evaluation. Participants gain an understanding of how to approach baseline data collection and receive tools and steps for collecting key information.
  • Education, Enforcement and Encouragement Strategies — The important role of encouragement, education and enforcement in a SRTS program and a review of effective age appropriate strategies for elementary and middle school children.
  • Program Planning Phase Two — Continued discussion of basic steps in creating a comprehensive SRTS plan, focusing on post-data collection processes. Participants will practice analyzing baseline community data, identifying appropriate SRTS strategies, and prioritizing actions for a SRTS plan. Strategies for getting community buy-in are also discussed.
  • Program Evaluation — The basics of evaluating SRTS programs, why evaluation is important, and key data to collect. Includes strategies for reporting the impact of SRTS program activities.