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Think you have no time for professional development? Think again! Pre-conference sessions are a great way to stay ahead of the curve by gaining access to information you won’t find anywhere else. Plus, you’ll earn while you learn. In addition to the 25 CEUs you will receive for your full paid registration and attendance at ANC, you can earn even more CEUs by participating in one of the pre-conference sessions previewed below. Pre-conference session also allow you to earn Key Area Hours toward initial certification for Levels 2 and 3. Learn more about the SNA Certification Program.

Saturday, July 14, 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Food Safety Basics

Nothing is more important in foodservice today than food safety, sanitation and good employee hygiene, especially when it comes to school nutrition and the health of children. This timely session is essential for directors and supervisors who conduct training in these areas, as it provides assistance in creating an individual template for leading inservice training. This course is equally worthwhile for managers and employees on the front lines, providing them with the necessary knowledge for ensuring safe and proper food-handling, receiving, preparation, storage and employee-hygiene procedures. This course was developed by the National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI).
Cost: $99; CEUs: 4; Key Area 1

Saturday, July 14, 8:00 am–2:00 pm
A New Field of Opportunity
The key to farm-to-school success is having the systems in place to ensure a quality program that provides proper nutrition and remains financially viable. Leaders of Denver Public Schools will take you on a tour of an operational school farm, where you will meet the farmers and learn how a farm can be established on district property. Discussion will focus on establishing food safety protocols from health department officials who worked with the district; assessing the increased foodservice equipment requirements; and coordinating the menu with the crops. After observing a scratch-cooking demo using the farm-fresh produce, participants will enjoy the “fruits” of the demo. (Transportation will be provided. Space is limited.)
Cost: $150; CEUs: 5; Key Area 1

Saturday, July 14, 8:00 am–4:00 pm
Understanding the USDA Foods Program
With USDA Foods being a vital component of the National School Lunch Program, this session will offer a complete overview of the program, providing information for school nutrition operators looking to maximize their participation. Attendees will learn the important history of the program and hear how it is implemented in various states, as well as find out how USDA chooses the foods offered. A major portion of this training will address procurement requirements and issues. This session, presented by members of the American Commodity Distribution Association, is a must for both new and seasoned directors. (Time includes one hour lunch break.)
Cost: $150; CEUs: 7; Key Area 1

Saturday, July 14, 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Financial Management: A Course for School Foodservice Directors
The ability to interpret the financial outcomes of operational decisions is essential to effective management of school meals. This course enables directors to standardize procedures to support a sound financial program and benchmark their operations against comparable districts. Participants will leave being able to analyze data using financial statements; communicate with key stakeholders; identify revenue and expenditures; and review key financial statements and their application. This course was developed by NFSMI. (Time includes one hour lunch break.)
Cost: $150; CEUs: 8; Key Area 3

Pre-Con: New Meal Pattern and Interim HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Training (8 hours)
This session is designed to provide up-to-date information that is aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The New Meal Pattern training has been merged with an interim HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) training to better meet the needs of school districts during this time of transition. Approximately 6 hours of the training will be devoted to helping participants understand the new meal pattern and its importance to the overall success of the HUSSC. The remaining 2 hours will focus on the HUSSC criteria. Various activities support each of the lesson topics: New Meal Pattern; Vegetable Subgroups; Whole Grain-Rich Foods; Meal Components and Menu Planning; and Menu Criteria for HUSSC. This session is presented by NFSMI.(Time includes one hour lunch break.)
Cost: $150; CEUs: 8; Key Area 2 (6 hours) and Key Area 4 (2 hours)

Saturday, July 14, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm
Conflict Management
Conflict is all around us, especially during difficult times when resources are tight and tempers are short. But most people lack basic conflict management skills. Rather than react to conflict on a purely emotional level, learn to manage disputes positively and proactively. This training will teach you to recognize the causes of interpersonal conflict and make you aware of emotional triggers in order to prevent explosive situations. Learn new strategies of conflict management that will improve your communications and ultimately increase the success of your school nutrition initiatives.
Cost: $99; CEUs: 4; Key Area 3

Food Defense: How to Assess and Minimize Risks in School Nutrition Operations
Foodborne illness is most often caused by the unintentional contamination of food, but the advent of increased terrorist activities introduces the potential for intentional contamination. Since children are particularly vulnerable to such threats, NFSMI has developed various resources for food defense and emergency preparedness plans. This training session will discuss the who, how and why people may intentionally target school food supplies; how to assess the risk in school nutrition operations; and how to take action to successfully prevent or reduce the likelihood of intentional attacks on food at receiving, preparation and service points. This course was developed by NFSMI.
Cost: $99; CEUs: 4; Key Area 1

SNA reserves the right to cancel any pre-conference session due to low registration. In the event of cancellation, the Association will contact registrants. SNA advises pre-conference registrants to wait to make any schedule-dependent transportation plans until June 10, 2012.