Stronger Together: Back to School Series

Registration has reached capacity for the live broadcast of the popular Back to School series. However, the entire series is available for purchase on-demand Feel free to explore solutions and resources provided by our Back to School Series Sponsors at any time 

Series Dates:

Monday, June 8:
1:00 pm—4:30 pm EDT
Tuesday, June 9:
1:00 pm—4:30 pm EDT
Monday, June 15:
1:00 pm—4:30 pm EDT
Tuesday, June 16:
1:00 pm—4:30 pm EDT

NEW! This virtual series brings in the experts for four afternoons of high-level learning to equip you with an actionable back-to-school plan in the unprecedented COVID-19 K-12 landscape. Make the case to attend with the help of our “Dear Supervisor” letter.

When the only certainty seems to be uncertainty, school nutrition directors will benefit most by coming together virtually with other operators to learn, share ideas and, plan for potential scenarios and environments that address the consequences of COVID-19 for school feeding in 2020-21. With a focus on strategic planning and populating a district action plan to support your planning efforts, special guest, Lowell Aplebaum, will lead us through this exciting new series.

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Lowell Aplebaum, FASAE, CAE, CPF is the CEO and Strategy Catalyst of Vista Cova — a company that partners with organizations on strategic visioning and planning, creating stronger governance models and capacity, and reimagining value and engagement. As a Certified Professional Facilitator™, Lowell frequently engages organizations in dynamic sessions — getting volunteers, members, and staff involved through experiential learning approaches. A favorite keynote speaker at SNA’s National Leadership Conference, Lowell has previously supported SNA state leaders in their planning.

The full range of topics to outfit you for planning in a pandemic includes:

  • Strategic planning
  • Leading your staff
  • Sanitation
  • Procurement
  • Menus
  • Packaging
  • Technology
  • Equipment
  • Engaging stakeholders

Plus, there will be networking opportunities! Utilizing Zoom breakout rooms, we will designate set times for peer to peer conversation and connection.

Included with your registration:

  • Pre-survey with registration to hone in on the most relevant discussion topics
  • Four afternoons of live content with a follow-up session two weeks post-event
  • Opportunity for engagement through chat and Q&A
  • Access to the digital session recordings
  • Digital action planning tool
  • Suggested reading, including SNA’s “Back to School Thought Starters” white paper

Registration Fee: $149 SNA members, $299 non-members

Check out our FAQs for more information about the series.

Stay tuned for more details and speaker info to come in the SNA Training Zone!

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Agenda in Brief

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Strategic Planning, Keeping Staff Safe & Safety/Sanitation Best Practices

1:00 pm—1:15 pm Welcome, Series Goals & SNA Update
1:15 pm—1:35 pm Setting the Stage for Strategic Planning Amidst a Pandemic
1:35 pm—2:45 pm Planning for Next School Year: Where Do We Go from Here?
2:15 pm—2:45 pm Moderated Q&A
2:45 pm—3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm—3:15 pm Leading Your Team Through COVID-19
3:15 pm—3:30 pm Caring for Employees: Health and Wellness During a Pandemic
3:30 pm—4:00 pm Going the Extra Mile with PPE Cleaning and Sanitation
4:00 pm—4:15 pm Moderated Q&A
4:15 pm—4:30 pm Closing Remarks and Day One Wrap Up  

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

USDA Update & Procurement

1:00 pm—1:15 pm Welcome to Day Two
1:15 pm—1:45 pm USDA Foods & Procurement (USDA Representative Invited)
1:45 pm—2:00 pm Moderated Q&A
2:00 pm—2:30 pm Leveraging USDA Foods and Commodities
2:30 pm—2:45 pm Break
2:45 pm—3:45 pm Procurement in Action: Planning and Preparation
3:45 pm—4:15 pm Moderated Q&A
4:15 pm—4:30 pm Closing Remarks and Day Two Wrap Up

Monday, June 15, 2020

Menu & Technology

1:00 pm—1:15 pm Welcome to Day Three
1:15 pm—2:15 pm Planning for Back to School in a COVID-19 World:
Menu Design & Packaging
2:15 pm—2:30 pm Moderated Q&A
2:30 pm—2:45 pm Break
2:45 pm—3:45 pm Using Technology During a Crisis:
Pre-ordering and Meal Counts
3:45 pm—4:15 pm Moderated Q&A
4:15 pm—4:30 pm Closing Remarks & Wrap Up

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Equipment & Stakeholder Engagement

1:00 pm— 1:15 pm Welcome to Day Four
1:15 pm—2:30 pm Planning for Equipment and Meal Service with Social
Distancing Requirements & Moderated Q&A
2:00 pm—2:30 pm Moderated Q&A
2:30 pm—2:45 pm Break
2:45 pm—4:10 pm Engaging Your Community in the New COVID-19 Environment
3:45 pm—4:10 pm Moderated Q&A
4:10 pm—4:30 pm Bringing It All Back Together and Developing Your Plan

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Two Weeks Post Conference Follow-Up

2:00 pm—4:00 pm Post-Series Follow-up

Please note, agenda and speakers are subject to change.

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