1. The first step is to let classroom teachers know that these lessons are available for their use, or alternatively, that you are able and willing to work together in connecting school meals with classroom learning. Once teachers are on board, determine who will be teaching the lessons and make sure that those individuals have copies of the lessons and the nutrition backgrounder.
Tips for Contacting Teachers
2. Decide who will be conducting the cafeteria connections. Whether it is the cafeteria manager or other school nutrition staff conducting the cafeteria connections, make sure that this individual also has a copy of the lessons. Districts with nutrition educators or nutrition coordinators outside of the school nutrition department may wish to plan for the nutrition coordinator to also participate in the cafeteria connections.
3. The third step is to schedule the appropriate amount of classroom and cafeteria time to implement each lesson. These times should be coordinated to ensure that cafeteria follow up occurs within a reasonable amount of time after the classroom lessons are taught. Also, schedule enough lead time so that both teachers and school nutrition staff can secure necessary materials and supplies. There may be some necessary food preparation to prepare samples, some time needed to plan cafeteria activities, and time to prepare to deliver the lesson and respond to student questions.
4. Once everyone is ready to teach their components and time is scheduled in both the cafeteria and classroom, you are ready to implement Bridges to Wellness: Connecting School Meals with Classroom Learning.