The Art of Inclusion: Making Menus More Inclusive for Special Diet Populations

In this session, you’ll be introduced to the strategies that IDEA Public Schools (TX), uses when designing menus to be more inclusive to their Special Diet population.

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Hairnets to #Hashtags: Quick Tips to Promote Your Program on Social Media

Get quick and easy take home tips and ideas for maintaining a social media presence and learn ways for the social media beginner to create quick content and gain followers.

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Utilize Google to Create Free and Easy Organizational Tools for Your Schools

Learn how to create free organizational tools through Google, including websites to organize departments, menu ordering and inventory tools and department resources.

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Connect to the Classroom with MyPlate

Discover how you can use MyPlate for a fun, interactive session with students (or as a staff health touch point!). Practice using your own “typical day” of food intake, plot things in MyPlate, set a goal or two and have a little fun, too.

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Boosting Morale Through Mission-Driven Experiences

Discover tips for building hands-on learning experiences to better connect cafeteria staff to the mission while enhancing employee health and morale, including examples of field trips and collaborative exercises that allow staff to come together.

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All the Cool Kids Eat School Lunch: Using Current Trends to Elevate Your Menus

Discover best practices for gathering and utilizing trendy ideas to create exciting menus that increase participation and elevate the school food experience.

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Shared Leadership: How to Let Go and Trust Those Around You

Learn why the traditional hierarchy in a team or organization can be ineffective, as well as how to share the responsibility with others on your team to ease the burden on yourself, create efficiencies and empower those around you as they grow into their own!

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A Problem is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Sometimes your best laid plans get thrown off course. Or maybe you feel helpless and are told you cannot do something. Attend this education session to discover the best ways to tackle those “somethings,” that pop up.

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Mythbusting: Marketing the Truth about School Meals

Discover innovative strategies school nutrition professionals are using to reach students, staff, parents and the community to build trust in school meal programs and ultimately increase participation.

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When Students “Feed” Us Their Feedback: An Overview to Boosting Student Engagement Through Menu Surveys and Menu Design

Learn what methods the IDEA Public Schools employs to boost student engagement and collect stakeholder feedback on its menus, including the growth and development of IDEA’s survey initiative.

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