November 2014

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November 2014
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Energize Your Training with School Nutrition

As School Nutrition Association (SNA) president Julia Bauscher says, it’s the year to engage, energize and excel—and School Nutrition, SNA’s flagship publication, is here to help with the November issue dedicated to creating and implementing effective training plans.

In “Every Day Can Be Training Day,” writer Penny McLaren speaks with school nutrition directors across the country about how they create and regularly update training plans. McLaren offers four steps in preparing said plan. One key takeaway: School nutrition staff must be prepared to know how to deal with a critical incident—and that critical incident can serve as the catalyst for the plan.

Bonus Web Content: Read more about how directors have implemented training plans in the real world.

But it’s not enough to just have a training plan, particularly if your employees aren’t interested in learning more about it. Joanne Robinett, MSA, SNS, in “Learn to Train, Train to Learn,” discusses how to engage your staff’s creativity, sense and spirit during training sessions—including a helpful tip about hiring a guest trainer.

Bonus Web Content: Robinett has even more resources, tips and advice about energizing your training sessions.

How do school nutrition operations truly implement effective, original training? Author Cecily Walters, in “Cultivating an Environment of Engagement,” looks at a California operation that partnered with the Center for Ecoliteracy to pilot a bold farm-to-school initiative, which has now expanded to 15 other schools in the state.

This issue also spotlights school breakfast, including a feature on resources offered by the National Dairy Council and an update on the School Nutrition Foundation’s The Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom. SN also highlights exciting promotions from 2014 National School Breakfast Week, including an array of photos from cafeterias across the country, as well as a look at breakfast menu requirements, operation realities and reliable resources for school breakfast in the monthly Food Focus section.

Bonus Web Content: Need more best bets for breakfast? This month’s online-exclusive content includes breakfast-in-the-classroom reflections from a school nutrition director in the Pacific Northwest.

Finally, SN’s mascot, Ruby Reader, is back in an exciting new contest, “Where’s Ruby Roaming?” Download or cut out your very own Ruby, pose with her and a copy of School Nutrition, and fill out the entry form for a chance to win a number of prizes.


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