Education Sessions

SNIC 2018 has packed the agenda with provocative presentations that addresses some of the most challenging puzzles in the K12 school foodservice segment. Offered as general sessions, concurrent breakouts and small group discussions, these educational opportunities will foster creative new strategies, enhance your knowledge and refine your skills. Take a look at what you can expect.

Educational Programming Formats

  • General Sessions: 60- to 90-minute plenary sessions
  • Education Sessions: 60-minute breakout sessions, scheduled to run concurrently
  • New! Ideas@Work: 30-minute, fast-paced learning sessions focused on singular innovations. Trace the path of a big idea from concept to implementation, identifying the steps that will put that idea to work in your operation.
  • Innovative Solutions Sessions: 60-minute industry-hosted sessions emphasizing dialogue and customer feedback about products and trends.
  • #OpenSpace (New Concept!): Something on your mind? We’ve got you covered! Discussions are conducted in 30-minute intervals and coordinated through the SNIC conference app. Suggest a topic for discussion and if you receive interest from others, you can reserve a designated time slot to lead/facilitate the discussion.

Monday, January 22, 2018, 10:00 am-11:00 am

SNA SNIC 2018 Speaker Beth Ziesenis

A Day in the Life of a Nerdy School Nutrition Professional
Speaker: Beth Ziesenis
What would your day look like if you took the advice of all your nerdy friends and implemented the tech tools and apps they recommend to make your life easier? This fast-moving, laugh-filled session takes you hour by hour through a day in the life of a tech-savvy school nutrition professional. You'll learn how a professional nerd solves a security crisis before 10 am, learns to make more of a lunch hour with an extra set of virtual hands, saves money on software before the staff meeting and brings the team together online before the day is done.

How and When to Buy American and Buy Local
You want to buy local. You also know that school districts must follow the Buy American provision when purchasing food for school nutrition programs. Join the experts to identify tips to source U.S. grown and produced foods and apply suggested marketing language and district practices to ensure procurement of American and local products.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
SNA CEUs are aligned with USDA Professional Standards required training standards. All SNIC attendees who attend the full conference will earn CEUs toward SNA’s Certificate Program, the SNS Credential renewal and USDA Professional Standards, where applicable. CEUs for SNIC pre-conference workshops can be used to apply for an initial SNA Certificate, move up a Certificate level or count toward USDA Professional Standards annual training, as appropriate.

Procurement Ethics – What Should You Do?
Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss procurement ethics, as part of SNA’s new programming School Nutrition Ethics: What Should You Do? In this facilitated session, you will review procurement scenarios that present ethical dilemmas, discuss what the law requires and brainstorm possible approaches forward.

Top 10 Steps to Managing the Procurement Process to Prevent a Bid Protest!
Procurement is complex but there are fundamental steps districts should take to manage the process effectively. Come hear the top 10 list from the experts!

When it Comes to Food and Ingredients, What Do Consumers Really Want?
Speaker: Mark Cornthwaite, MBA, DuPont Nutrition & Health
Good value. Convenient. Clean label. Locally sourced. What do consumers really want? Join strategic nutrition marketer Mark Cornthwaite who will help you uncover different consumer segments, their specific needs and how you can address those needs as a school nutrition program operator or industry professional.

We heard you! Based on attendee feedback that it’s tough to choose between sessions, some of the morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon.

Monday, January 22, 2018, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm

A Day in the Life of a Nerdy School Nutrition Professional
Speaker: Beth Ziesenis
What would your day look like if you took the advice of all your nerdy friends and implemented the tech tools and apps they recommend to make your life easier? This fast-moving, laugh-filled session takes you hour by hour through a day in the life of a tech-savvy school nutrition professional. You'll learn how a professional nerd solves a security crisis before 10 a.m., learns to make more of a lunch hour with an extra set of virtual hands, saves money on software before the staff meeting and brings the team together online before the day is done.

Co-ops and GPOs: Your Questions Answered!
Do you have questions about working with GPOs and Co-op? Are you considering cooperative purchasing with other districts? Now is your chance to get your questions answered by a panel of experts.

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), Pre-Conference Workshops, General Sessions and Education Sessions will be coded to correspond with USDA’s Professional Standards Learning Topics.

How and When to Buy American and Buy Local
You want to buy local. You also know that school districts must follow the Buy American provision when purchasing food for school nutrition programs. Join the experts to identify tips to source U.S. grown and produced foods and apply suggested marketing language and district practices to ensure procurement of American and local products.

Procurement Ethics – What Should You Do?
Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss procurement ethics, as part of SNA’s new programming School Nutrition Ethics: What Should You Do? In this facilitated session, you will review procurement scenarios that present ethical dilemmas, discuss what the law requires and brainstorm possible approaches forward.

When it Comes to Food and Ingredients, What Do Consumers Really Want?
Speaker: Mark Cornthwaite, MBA, DuPont Nutrition & Health
Good value. Convenient. Clean label. Locally sourced. What do consumers really want? Join strategic nutrition marketer Mark Cornthwaite who will help you uncover different consumer segments, their specific needs and how you can address those needs as a school nutrition program operator or industry professional.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 9:30 am-10:00 am
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 10:15 am-10:45 am

Stay tuned to learn about the hot topics that will be covered at SNIC’s new Ideas@Work sessions—30-minute, fast-paced learning sessions focused on singular innovations. Trace the path of a big idea from concept to implementation, identifying the steps that will put that idea to work in your operation.

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