Ensuring Students Arrive to School Emotionally Ready to Learn
A Revolution in Special Needs Transportation Training
FirstServes is a special education training and communications program that aligns First Student with districts and parents to support students and ensure we deliver them physically safe and emotionally ready to learn.
FirstServes is the next evolution in special needs transportation, building on our standard special needs training to incorporate research-based interventions and other leading training models to better serve children with disabilities.
Developed in conjunction with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the #5 children’s hospital in the United States, FirstServes is a special education leadership training program that equips drivers, attendants, district partners, and families with tools to better serve students with disabilities. The foundation of the program is built on a partnership between First Student staff, district leaders, and the families of students in special populations. Together, we evaluate the needs of the child and implement research-based behavioral interventions that transform their transportation experience.
FirstServes is a:
- Communications Platform that brings together the three groups critical to student transportation: Parents, Districts, and First Student
- Training Program for First Student leadership and thereby location staff to identify, understand, and manage student behavior
- Cultural Change Agent – it goes beyond just educating drivers and educates entire locations and participating districts
Our special needs program was developed with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, a top 5 children’s hospital in the US
Student journeys completed every day
Miles driven every year
More Than Just Special Needs’ Training
FirstServes is a culture shift – the program focuses on meeting special populations students’ needs and providing appropriate care that is uniquely tailored for each student. We use a train-the-trainer model to prepare each team member that interacts with your students.
Our Advisory Board develops and delivers the training to all necessary community members, who will in turn train their location staff (drivers, attendants, district partners, etc.). This training method cultivates leaders in each community, expanding First Student’s base of special education transportation experts, ensuring knowledge is current and sustainable beyond the initial training.
How FirstServes Training Works
FirstServes employs a blended training style because research shows that a combination of coaching and training is 70% more effective than a program that provides training alone. The FirstServes program provides participants with a balanced mix of training sessions and coaching sessions with the Advisory Board and the FirstServes program team. Learn More
Meet the FirstServes Advisory Board
The FirstServes Advisory Board is comprised of nationally recognized experts from backgrounds that range from behavioral psychology, special education, and human resource development. The board develops and delivers research and trauma-informed training, facilitates training for local leaders, and consults on a case-by-case basis for unique behavioral issues. Learn More
Track Behavioral Progress and Improve the Bus Ride
Student conduct issues on even a single bus route can throw off the whole school day for students, parents or caregivers, and school officials. FirstActs (Active Conduct Training System) helps everyone more easily communicate incidents and track the effectiveness of interventions.Learn More