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Education and Schools

The key to every child’s successful education is the cooperation of school officials, teachers, and local government boards. Whether you’re a principal or a paraprofessional, improve your skills with courses on topics such as communication techniques for teaches, food safety in schools, preventing and addressing bullying, and working with special needs students, just to name a few.

Course Name Course Description Length
Active Shooter Preparation and Response for Schools This course focuses on what to do in situations that put you and your students at risk. The course in its totality will cover assessing and reducing risk, ensuring response procedures are in place, debriefing and recovering post-incidents, and staying prepared through mock-drill training with staff and students. 1h
Bomb Threats in Schools School bomb threats disrupt schools while creating substantial anxiety in a school-community, especially if they are Recurring over a shorter period. With these threats increasing in number over the years, it is important that all law enforcement personnel know how to handle bomb threat situations safely and effectively. This one-hour course will provide learners with the skills to establish a plan of action to identify harmful situations early, act properly, and prevent them from happening altogether. 1h
Bus Operations: Operator Training This one-hour course is intended to provide an overview of what bus transit systems operators must know prior to operating a vehicle. This course reflects the consensus of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Bus Standards Program members on the items, methods, and procedures that have provided the best performance record based on the experiences of those present and participating in meetings of the Program Task Forces and Working Groups. APTA recognizes that for certain applications, the practices, as implemented by operating agencies, may be either more or less restrictive than those given in this course. 1h
Bus Safety: Distracted Driving Driver inattention is the leading factor in most crashes and near-crashes, according to a landmark research report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). Nearly 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involved some form of driver inattention within three seconds before the event. Primary causes of driver inattention are distracting activities, such as cell phone use and drowsiness. Reducing operator distractions and improving safety is a shared responsibility of both the transit agency and the operator. This one-hour course is intended to educate bus transit systems employees on how to reduce or eliminate distractions while driving. 1h
Coaching with Character Youth sports can be a rewarding experience for both young athletes and coaches. The coaches who have the most lasting influence are the ones who build their team around character traits like hard work and discipline, self-sacrifice and teamwork. In this course, the learner will gain understanding on the principles involved in building a team where the emphasis is on character development and having fun, as well as winning. 1h
Designing and Maintaining Safe Playgrounds In this course, the learner will gain insights on how to design and maintain a safe playground by understanding the best materials to use and where risks are most likely to occur. Moreover, this course will explain how making good decisions up front can help avoid some risks altogether. 30m
Effective Communication Techniques for Teachers As a teacher, you encounter almost continual chatter or talk at school, supplemented by ample amounts of non-verbal communication – gestures, facial expressions, and other body language. Often the talk (or conversations) involves many people at once or even an entire class. Individuals must take turns speaking while also listening to others, or they sometimes ignore the others if a conversation does not concern them. As a teacher, you find yourself playing an assortment of roles when communicating with students in your classroom: Master of Ceremonies, referee, and of course a source of new knowledge. Your challenge is to identify the type of role needed in a specific situation. This one-hour course will discuss how teachers can implement certain strategies to improve classroom communications. 1h
Food Service General Safety in Schools The CDC estimates that each year 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. As educators, you are responsible for the well-being of your students, and this includes monitoring the safety of the foods they eat at school. This course will examine different ways your school can promote a culture of food safety as well as build relationships with everyone who has a stake in a child’s health in the school community. 1h
Mandatory Reporting in Schools This one-hour course covers mandatory reporting for several forms of child abuse as well as the importance of and detailed instruction on making reports. 1h
Physical Restraint in Schools This one-hour course instructs the learner to understand the use of appropriate physical restraint with students, how to document these incidents, as well as how to diffuse situations that may potentially require it. 1h
Preventing Bullying in Schools According to PACER, a national parenting center in Minnesota, 160,000 children in the United States miss school on any given day as a result of being bullied. This sobering statistic highlights the fact that bullying is an issue that every school is confronted with on an ongoing basis. With the cooperation of students, parents, teachers, administrators and staff, however, it is an issue that can be managed so that schools can be a safe place where all students have the opportunity to learn and create pleasant memories. In this course, the learner will gain understanding regarding the connection between bullying and student violence, identifying the different types of bullying, and finally, recognizing the impact bullying has on the victim. 1h
School Resource Officers The popular perception of law enforcement is that officers spend their days nabbing the bad guys and protecting their communities from perils ranging anywhere from parking violators to international terrorists. One important way that law enforcement officers can reach out to the community at large is by partnering with local school districts and selecting specific officers to serve as school resource officers (SROs).In this course, you will learn the ways that a school resource officer can assist in a school as an educator and advisor. Additionally, this course will cover the security and law enforcement responsibilities of school resource officers. You will also learn how community-oriented policing can result in effective law enforcement. 1h
Suicide Prevention in Schools Suicide is the second leading cause of death for those age 10-24. While it may seem hopeless, there is a great deal that can be done to turn the tide against this rise in student suicide rates. In this course, we’ll explore what can be done at the school level – from teacher, to counselor, to school resource officer, to parent – to promote a culture of safety and support and effectively curb the prevalence of student suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). 2h
Youth Sports Injuries Recently, youth have been participating in sports leagues earlier and earlier, some starting as young as 3 years old. With as many as 30 million adolescents playing in youth sports in the United States, it is critical to be aware of the exposure to the risk of injury. This course will highlight the preventable and non-preventable injuries that may occur, as well as introduce suggestions for treatment and recovery. 1h

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