Education Sessions

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Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
SNA CEUs are aligned with USDA Professional Standards’ required annual training. All SNIC attendees who attend the full conference will earn CEUs toward SNA’s Certificate Program, the SNS Credential renewal and USDA Professional Standards.

Tracking Training
A tracking grid will be provided at Registration for attendees to track CEUs and training taken at SNIC. For your convenience (and where applicable), Bonus Sessions, General Sessions and Learning Labs will be coded tocorrespond with USDA’s Professional Standards Learning Topics. The training tracking grid also will be available electronically to SNIC attendees on SchoolNutrition.org.

SNIC provides a wide variety of educational offerings for school nutrition operators and industry partners, including the new “Learning Labs” designed for in-depth instruction and discussion. These opportunities will help you develop the knowledge, skills and ideas you need to move forward in your professional development. Education sessions will build on the conference theme, Imagination + Knowledge = INNOVATION, and will provide a palette of tools and take-aways that you can utilize immediately. Topics are expected to include:

  • Innovative ways to increase participation
  • Strengthening your program by leveraging diversity
  • Procurement best practices
  • Ethical decision making in school nutrition
  • Clean label trends
  • Creative and innovative menu planning
  • And much more!

With three days to interact with dynamic professionals in the field, explore ground-breaking concepts and examine upcoming trends, you will be poised to put your newly created innovative ideas to work for the benefit of your program or business.

Learning Labs

Monday, January 23, 2017, 10:15 am-11:45 am

Putting the Power of Cultural Diversity to Work for You!
Speaker: Michelle Bierman, Director of Racial Equity, St. Paul (Minn.) Public Schools
Back by popular demand, this dynamic session will drive home some of the key elements and strategies to help you embrace diversity and cultural blending occurring in student and workplace populations across the country, and leverage that power to benefit your school nutrition operation.

SNA's School Nutrition Industry Conference Speaker Tim Goossens

Developing Effective and Efficient Bids
Speaker: Tim Goossens, SNS, Director of Food and Nutrition, Laconia School District, N.H.
This session will help you learn techniques and strategies that can be used to create successful bids for individual districts and cooperative purchasing groups. Attendees will be able to see examples of proven effectivebid documents in order to help identify and take home ways to immediately improve your procurement process.

Ethics in School Nutrition
Speakers: Cleta Long, SNS and Kathy Burrill, SNS
Did you miss the bonus session What Should You Do, Ethical Decision Making in School Nutrition? If so, then you don’t want to miss the last opportunity to participate and experience this material before it is officially available! Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to participate in an introduction to ethics and a case study discussion where your feedback will contribute to the development of this course!

SNA's School Nutrition Industry Conference Speaker Kern Halls

Innovative Ways to Increase Participation
Speaker: Kern Halls, School Foodservice Consultant and Award-winning Marketer
Join marketing guru Kern Halls and a panel of school nutrition experts for fresh perspectives on ways to increase participation by leveraging technology in your programs. This session will provide a deep dive intohow following the latest commercial foodservice trends can engage your students.

USDA Foods: A New Way of Doing Business
Speakers: Dennis Sullivan, FNS and Dave Tuckwiller, AMS
USDA is undertaking a business management improvement effort to ensure that USDA Foods business processes are resulting in the best value for school and industry stakeholders. Teams of USDA, state and recipient agency, and industry stakeholders have identified key business processes involved in the ordering, procurement and distribution of USDA Foods that can be overhauled to reduce administrative and financial burden for all involved. By January 2017, USDA will have developed a business case in support of these initiatives and would appreciate the opportunity to share conclusions with industry and operators and gather feedback on potential changes that will affect the over $1.5 billion of food USDA provides to schools each year.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 8:30 am-10:00 am

Food Waste: The Latest Movement
Speaker: Jean Ronnei, SNS
Learn about the latest movement to stem food waste. Upwards of 40% of the food in the U.S. is wasted. Estimates are food costs can be reduced by 2-6% by implementing changes in food service establishments such as schools. Take home the latest practical ideas, educational videos and innovations from schools and restaurants to help you reduce, reuse and recycle!

Innovative Design Concepts for Your Cafeteria and Kitchen!
Speaker: Speakers: Heather DeMeola and Craig Hodges
Join Heather DeMeola from OCPS and Craig Hodges, a design consultant who has worked with Disney as they highlight their work together on redesigning a cafeteria in the district. In this session, they will discuss the challenges they faced and some of the concepts and innovative techniques they incorporated into the design of the cafeteria to help increase participation! Plus, at the end attendees will have a chance to tour the districts food truck.

Making Supper Programs Work for You
Moderator: Patty Fitzgerald, Editor, School Nutrition magazine
Speakers: Colleen Asumendi Fillmore, PhD, RDN, LD, SNS, Joan Shorter, SNS
Across the nation supper programs are becoming more important to address the nation’s increasing population of food insecure students. Schools are stepping up to help address the issue, and this session will feature a panel of school nutrition experts who will provide innovative tips and tricks to help you start or expand your supper program.

Putting the Power of Cultural Diversity to Work for You!
Speaker: Michelle Bierman, Director of Racial Equity, St. Paul (Minn.) Public Schools
Back by popular demand, this dynamic session will drive home some of the key elements and strategies to help you embrace diversity and cultural blending occurring in student and workplace populations across the country, and leverage that power to benefit your school nutrition operation.

Developing Effective and Efficient Bids
Speaker: Tim Goossens, SNS, Director of Food and Nutrition, Laconia School District, N.H.
This session will help you learn techniques and strategies that can be used to create successful bids for individual districts and cooperative purchasing groups. Attendees will be able to see examples of proven effectivebid documents in order to help identify and take home ways to immediately improve your procurement process.

SNA's School Nutrition Industry Conference Speaker Tim Goossens

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