Pre-Conference Sessions

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. All ANC attendees who attend the full conference will earn 12 CEUs toward USDA Professional Standards, SNA’ Certificate Program or the SNS credential renewal. In addition, you can earn even more CEUs by participating in one of the pre-conference sessions previewed below. Pre-conference sessions also allow you to earn Key Area Hours toward initial certification or for moving up a level. Learn more about the SNA Certificate Program.

Saturday, July 9, 8:00 am-12:00 pm

What’s Shaking in Your School’s Kitchen? Boost Flavor with Less Sodium
Speakers: Cheryl Jackson Lewis, RD, Mydina Thabet, RD, Jenny Montague, RD, and Julie Skolmowksi, RD, SNS
It IS possible to lower sodium while keeping tasty foods on the menu! Hear from districts that are successfully implementing Sodium Target 1 (and 2!) Interact with peers as you develop your action plan to implement the sodium standards while maintaining flavor. To make the most of the workshop, be sure to bring your menus and product specifications.
Cost: $99; CEUs: 4; Key Area 1
Target Audience: D, MC

Develop a Wellness Policy That Works
Speakers: Caitlin Merlo, RD; Mary Frances Nettles, PhD, RD and Erika Pijai, RD
Local School Wellness Policies (LWP) are important tools for establishing healthy school environments. Join us for hands-on, skill-building activities to develop strong wellness policy goals and objectives, develop an evaluation plan, measure and report on LWP implementation.
Cost: $99; CEUs: 4; Key Area 3
Target Audience: M, D, MC, SA

BEGINNER @SocialMedia #Bootcamp 4 Marketing Success
Speakers: Dayle Hayes, RD, Stefanie Dove, RDN, and Jeanne Reilly, SNS
Savvy school nutrition professionals know that social media skills are essential for success in today’s electronic world. This hands-on session for social media beginners will focus on the basics. You’ll learn how to develop a professional online presence and have fun learning short cuts to social media success. Bring a smartphone, tablet or laptop, plus photos of your meals. Leave with a plan for increasing the quality of your posts and the numbers of your followers.
Cost: $99; CEUs: 4; Key Area 4
Target Audience: M, D, MC, SA, I

Saturday, July 9, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

State Agency Pre-Conference: Competition, It’s the American Way! A Proper Procurement Pays!
Speakers: Sandra Foss, Eleanor Thompson, and Sarah Smith-Holmes
Are you challenged with conducting competitive procurements? Are you on the mark with the procurement methods? Do you know where to find the answers you need in the world of procurement opportunities? This session will seek to provide state agencies with information on these and similar questions along with an overview of the procurement standards and how these are applied. The state agency local agency procurement review tool (draft) will aid in this process and will be demonstrated for all to see in preparation for use in school year 2016-17.
Cost: $99; CEUs: 6; Key Area 2
Target Audience: SA

Saturday, July 9, 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Food Safety in Schools (en Español!)

Speakers: Trainers from the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN)
School nutrition employees and managers are invited to attend this FREE training from ICN. 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 course, taught in Spanish, is 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. Will be offered in Spanish. (Space is limited.)
Cost: Complimentary; CEUs: 8; Key Area 2
Target Audience: Spanish-speaking E, M

Nutrition 101 - SOLD OUT!

Speakers: Trainers from the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN)
School nutrition employees and managers are invited to attend this FREE training from ICN. Gain a basic overview of nutrition and the importance it plays in your life and lives of your students. The program offers tools for guiding food choices, information on macronutrients and micronutrients, ways to assist you in making good diet decisions, and an overview of nutrition issues in the media. (Space is limited.)
Cost: Complimentary; CEUs: 8; Key Area 1
Target Audience: E, M

Supervisory Skill Development for Managers
Speakers: Christi Beazley and Carol Gilbert, SNS
Today, managers and supervisors are asked to do more with less. This highly interactive workshop is back by popular demand and focuses on discovering the inner leader in YOU! From understanding your communication style and the traits of others, you will identify workload organization and practice task delegation. Finally you will practice personal leadership traits as you prepare to head back to school. Start the year with a toolbox of new supervisory skills, to keep you energized and ready to lead!
Cost: $150; CEUs: 8; Key Area 3
Target Audience: M

Saturday, July 9, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

ADVANCED @SocialMedia #Bootcamp 4 Marketing Success
Speakers: Dayle Hayes, RD, Stefanie Dove, RDN, and Jeanne Reilly, SNS
We heard you! Designed for districts with established #SocialMedia, this workshop is for those who want to optimize customer interaction and maximize program participation. From department logos to the hottest apps for Gen Z, from handling negative comments to improving the quality of graphics, school nutrition’s top online experts will help you get more from every minute on #SocialMedia. Get ready to take a fast-paced, deep-dive into a better online brand.
Cost: $99; CEUs: 4; Key Area 4
Target Audience: D, MC, SA, I

Become a Confident Presentation Pro! - SOLD OUT!
Speaker: Susan Brooks, RD
Looking to take your presentation skills from good to great? Ready to overcome intimidation and insecurity about public speaking? Don’t miss this interactive and dynamic workshop! From mastering visual presentation materials to perfecting your public persona in front of a group, this session will offer the most effective ways to get your message across in the most compelling manner, to any audience. (Limited to 25 people.)
Cost: $99; CEUs: 4; Key Area 4
Target Audience: M, D

Industry Pre-Con: Let’s Talk: “Real Time” with Industry and USDA Child Nutrition Programs (CNP)
Speakers: Sheldon Gordon, RDN, Cheryl Jackson Lewis, RD, Cindy Long and Katie Wilson, PhD, SNS
Industry representatives: This session led by USDA will provide an overview of CNP meal programs and how the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) impact nutrition and meal pattern requirements. Industry will gain a better understanding of policy guidance for developing products that meet CNP requirements for school meals, child care, and Smart Snacks. This session will also provide a step-by-step review on how to develop acceptable documentation for Administrative Reviews (CN Labeling and Product Formulation Statements). In addition, the session will allow an opportunity for USDA and industry leaders to discuss ways to exchange views and develop collaborative strategies.
Cost $99; CEUs: 4; Key Area 1
Target Audience: I

Saturday, July 9, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm

Training Your Palate: Discover the Power of Flavor at the Culinary Institute of America - SOLD OUT!
Speakers: Tiffany Poe and Sharon Schaefer, SNS
Life is more fun when you engage your senses and experience food through the eye of adventure and flavor discovery. Get an inside, hands-on and experiential look at the art of tasting. This engaging pre-conference session will give you the tools to create flavorful results in the kitchen and help you conduct successful tastings with your students. This workshop will be conducted at the spectacular Culinary Institute of America (CIA) San Antonio Campus and led by two CIA alumni with expertise in the area of school nutrition. Join us for tastings, recipe demos and hands on activities! (Lunch not included. Bus leaves convention center for CIA campus at 1:00 pm and returns to the convention center by 5:00 pm)
Cost $175; CEUs: 3; Key Area 1
Target Audience: All

Target Audience Key

Make the most of this year’s conference by creating a schedule of education sessions unique to your needs and interests by referring to the Target Audience Key:

E: Employee
M: Manager
D: District Director/Supervisor
MC: Major City Director/Supervisor
SA: State Agency
C: College
I: Industry

SNA reserves the right to cancel any pre-conference session due to low registration. In the event of a cancellation, the Association will contact registrants. SNA advises pre-conference registrants to wait to make schedule-dependent transportation plans until May 1, 2016.  

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