General Sessions

Sunday, March 8, 1:15 pm-2:30 pm

OPENING GENERAL SESSION:
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Larry Sabato

LAC 2020 Speaker Sabato

What does it take to know the results of an election before it happens? How can you predict the winners with 99% accuracy—of every congressional, senatorial, and gubernatorial race in the country, while also predicting the Electoral College count with the smallest possible margin of error? Only one man in the country knows the answers to those questions, and that man is Dr. Larry J. Sabato. Called “the most quoted college professor in the land” by the Wall Street Journal, he is the founder and head of the University of Virginia’s (UVA) Center for Politics, where his ‘Crystal Ball’ electoral analysis expertly navigates the shifting sands of American electoral politics, accurately predicting the landslides, the nail-biters, and everything in between.

Sabato is the author of 24 books and countless essays on politics, including the well-known Feeding Frenzy; A More Perfect Constitution; The Year of Obama; and his latest book, The Blue Wave: The 2018 Midterms and What They Mean for the 2020 Elections.  

Professor. Pundit. Political Seer. Sabato provides expert knowledge of what is coming down the pike, preparing us for the changing of the guard in Washington, D.C. and the nation. He bridges the gap between the rhetoric and the reality, showing audiences how the art of politics and the science of the American voting psyche come together to produce our nation’s next batch of leaders.

Sunday, March 8, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

FIRST GENERAL SESSION:
Anything Goes—Kids Say the Darndest Things!

Presiding/Moderator: Gay Anderson, SNS
Speaker(s): Students from Prince George’s County (Md.) Schools

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act has been in effect for nearly a decade. And with that, our nation’s students have spent half of their education under this law. So, how have things in the cafeteria changed with our student population? This moderated discussion with students from Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland will certainly provide valuable, hilarious and sometimes painful insight on school meals from when it all began to today.

Monday, March 9, 8:30 am-10:00 am

SECOND GENERAL SESSION:
USDA 2020 Update

Presiding: Gay Anderson, SNS
Speaker(s): Cindy Long and USDA Representatives

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials will share the latest developments in child nutrition programs and research, as well as USDA Foods and other departmental initiatives.

Monday, March 9, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

THIRD GENERAL SESSION
Speaker(s): Jonathan Gledhill
Studies have shown that school meals contribute to the health, attentiveness, behavior and academic achievement of students. School lunch not only ensures students have the nutrition they need throughout the day to learn, but it also plays an important role in supporting obesity prevention and improving children’s diets and health outcomes. Previous studies on universal meal proposals have focused on the price tag, without quantifying and comparing the long-term benefits of increased school meals participation. This session will present the findings from a recently commissioned research study into the social benefits and costs of creating a universal meal program for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

Monday, March 9, 2:00 pm-3:45 pm

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION:
Presentation of the SNA 2020 Position Paper and Charge to the Hill!

Speaker(s): SNA Public Policy and Legislation Committee Members

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