Education Session: Wednesday

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday

WEDNESDAY 1:30 PM–2:30 PM

OPERATIONS

Produce Specifications: The Devil’s in the Details
Are you getting the right produce at the right price? What about local items? USDA staff will show you how to use clear and effective specification language so bidders know what you want. Take home tips and hints to tailor specifications that target local products. Examples from a few school districts will highlight sample language. Bring your questions and be ready to ask the experts.

Roundtable Session: Your Produce RFP: Achieving Variety, Quality and a Collaborative Partnership (REPEAT)
Developing a fresh produce RFP and creating a collaborative business relationship with your produce distributor is critical to meeting the new federal nutrition standards for school breakfast and lunch. This educational workshop, designed for directors and managers, will address how to develop a fresh produce RFP that meets your district’s needs, budget and goals. Additionally, you’ll learn how a produce distributor can provide a depth of value, including food safety, variety, quality, seasonality and local produce that results in students eating more fruits and vegetables.
Note: Space is limited.
Especially for: New Directors

NUTRITION, NUTRITION EDUCATION & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Creating Menus with USDA Foods
Learn creative and appealing menu ideas and recipes that you can incorporate in your school while using USDA Foods! This session will demonstrate how to plan and menu USDA Foods with tangible menu examples and recipes provided.
Especially for: New Directors

ADMINISTRATION

Roundtable Session: Community Eligibility Provision for State Agencies
This session will address an alternative to collecting household applications for free and reduced price meals in high poverty Local Educational Agencies and schools and will address basic requirements, State Agency responsibilities, resources for implementation and nationwide availability in 2014.
Note: Space is limited.

Hot Topic! Creating a Business Plan to Implement Community Eligibility
Community Eligibility is a wonderful opportunity to expand meal programs for children but every program requires a business plan. Planning; from the selection of schools to projecting participation, increase in food and labor costs, other costs such as procurement and delivery of meals and services. Your business plan should include assessment and evaluation in both the early and latter stages of the program. Learn too, how public relations and marketing factor into a successful program and one which has potential growth and sustainability. You will leave the session better prepared to create your Community Eligibility business plan and feeling more secure it can be successful!
Especially for: New Directors

Federal Meals Programs: Assessing Financial Viability
No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Please join Share Our Strength for an interactive, hands-on demonstration of a new user-friendly online tool designed to equip decision makers in your school with the information they need to assess the financial viability of providing various critical federal nutrition programs (such as afterschool meals and free summer meals) to low income kids in your community.
Especially for: New Directors

Simple Solutions for Conflict Management (REPEAT)
Conflict is inevitable at home, on the job and in our daily lives. How we handle conflict can determine our quality of life and relationships. Come explore not only our direct involvement in conflict but also how we can help to resolve conflicts that arise around us. Learn skills for dealing with personal conflict and conflicts between other co-workers.

Successful Meals: Evaluation and Action Plans
Receive an introduction to tools School Food Authorities (SFAs) can use to evaluate the acceptability of their school meals, such as student surveys and taste tests. You will also learn techniques to analyze evaluations and create action plans that address key discoveries. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of customer service excellence and communicating findings and action plans to your kitchen staff.

Hot Topic! Successfully Implementing the New Meal Pattern Guidelines
Come join this panel discussion and learn how directors have successfully implemented the new meal pattern in their districts. You will hear not only how they met the regulations, but also best practices on controlling food, labor costs and addressing food waste. You will learn walk away with the tools to sustain and also improve participation in your program.
Especially for: New Directors

Who Is Getting Our Attention, And Whose Attention Do We Want?
Oftentimes, state education department personnel, superintendents, administrators and board members do not understand our programs! Likewise, there is an unspoken fear by many in foodservice about how best to approach and/or explain our programs. In this session, individuals in these roles will explain what information they want from directors so they can become involved. You will walk away with the necessary tools to educate your school administration and state education personnel about school nutrition programs and the importance of working collaboratively.
Especially for: New Directors

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Advocacy: It’s Easier Than You Think!
You are the expert on your programs! Advocating for them is easier than you think as you can best educate policy makers at the local, state, and national level. Learn techniques from SNA’s Director of State Legislative Affairs aimed at helping you advocate for your program including resources available to you at SNA and building positive partnerships with local allies. Leave knowing ways to mitigate problematic issues as well as how to advance beneficial policies.

From Zero to 60: Take a Test Drive of SNA’s Redesigned Website
After more than a year in the making, SNA is set to launch its completely redesigned website. This session is your chance to join SNA staff for a guided test drive of the improved user experience. Among the new, exciting features set to launch is a streamlined look and navigation that will boost user engagement and accelerate your search results. Also, learn how we’ve fine-tuned your mobile experience, too!

WEDNESDAY 2:45 PM–3:45 PM

OPERATIONS

Increasing Participation Through Behavioral Understanding
Learn why children taste food differently and how you can select the best food pairings for your menus based on the culinary flavor wheel. We’ll discuss techniques for food presentation on the plate and in the line that will make an impact on students (who eat first with their eyes). Hear new research regarding how we can successfully guide students to make the right choices in the lunch line.

NUTRITION, NUTRITION EDUCATION & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Grab n’ Go Breakfast: Nutrition on the Move
Learn how to identify the components needed to implement a successful Grab n’ Go program. Take a close look at your school to map out the delivery of breakfast, paying attention to high traffic areas and serving items that are easy for all students to carry. Develop best practices to attract parent and student attention, as well as building a positive relationship with your school community.
Especially for: New Directors

USDA Foods as a Resource for Buying Local
This session will help school food authorities to understand how USDA Foods can be a useful resource for buying local products. USDA is a partner in meeting local purchasing goals. Come learn how to maximizing USDA Foods Planned Assistance Levels and how USDA Foods can support local and regional purchases. You will learn the importance of using local processors and how to use the DoD Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program.

Hot Topic! Serving Up Smart Snacks in Schools (REPEAT)
Want to know more about serving up tasty and healthy snacks in school? Come join us as we take a look at the new rule, including new resources to help you serve up fresh and filling snacks in your schools this fall!
Especially for: New Directors

ADMINISTRATION

Community Eligibility Provision: Experiences from State Partners
Learn about the experiences, lessons learned and success stories from pilot states for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). This session will highlight each states implementation of CEP, as well as their experiences, best Practices and resources. CEP will be available nationwide in 2014-2015 and this session will provide insight into how to be ready and what to expect from this new and exciting program.
Especially for: New Directors

Hot Topic! Creating a Business Plan to Implement Community Eligibility
Community Eligibility is a wonderful opportunity to expand meal programs for children but every program requires a business plan. Planning; from the selection of schools to projecting participation, increase in food and labor costs, other costs such as procurement and delivery of meals and services. Your business plan should include assessment and evaluation in both the early and latter stages of the program. Learn too, how public relations and marketing factor into a successful program and one which has potential growth and sustainability. You will leave the session better prepared to create your Community Eligibility business plan and feeling more secure it can be successful!
Especially for: New Directors

Performance Evaluation and Incentive Plan
Performance evaluations are on the cutting edge. Come learn how to identify Key Performance Indicators that can be used to evaluate the performance of individual schools. The session will focus on implementing an incentive plan tied to the performance evaluation. You will hear how supervisors have used information from the evaluations to help maximize the potential of their district.
Especially for: New Directors

School Gardens 101
Are you thinking of starting a school garden? Bring your questions and get answers. USDA experts will explain science-based best practices (Good Agricultural Practices) for growing fruits and vegetables to make them as safe as possible for serving with confidence in your cafeteria. Find out how some districts have successfully implemented school gardens. Take home ideas to connect your school gardens to school meals.

Hot Topic! Successfully Implementing the New Meal Pattern Guidelines (REPEAT)
Come join this panel discussion and learn how directors have successfully implemented the new meal pattern in their districts. You will hear not only how they met the regulations, but also best practices on controlling food, labor costs and addressing food waste. You will learn walk away with the tools to sustain and also improve participation in your program.
Especially for: New Directors

Roundtable Session: The True Value of USDA Foods
This session will give attendees concrete ideas on how to successfully use USDA Foods to control and reduce food and labor costs while improving nutrition and meeting the new meal pattern requirements. You will learn specific techniques to determine which USDA Foods are best for your meal program.
Note: Space is limited.
Especially for: New Directors

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Summer & Afterschool Meals: Strategies for Success
For kids who rely on school meals for their primary nutrition, out-of-school time can mean uncertainty about where and when they’ll get their next meal. While federal programs exist that offer solutions to this problem, too many kids are still missing out on the free meals they need. Join Share Our Strength and a school nutrition director to learn about successful strategies for implementing and promoting school-based summer and afterschool meals programs in your community.
Especially for: New Directors

Roundtable Session: Your Education Needs—SNA Wants to Hear From You!
Professional standards, regulations implementation, different languages, varying needs—what can SNA do for you? Tell us more about your educational needs and help shape SNA’s future educational offerings.
Note: Space is limited.

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120 Waterfront Street, Suite 300
National Harbor, MD 20745
servicecenter@schoolnutrition.org

Tel (301) 686-3100
Fax (301) 686-3115

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