Education Sessions

ANC is a four-day learning experience tailored to your needs. Whether you’re looking to develop new skills or enhance your existing knowledge, ANC has been designed so you can create a customized schedule that fits your own educational needs. With 120+ education sessions, you can pick and choose, mix and match the right ones for YOU. To preview the all education sessions that will be available to you, click below:


Plus, check out the spotlight sessions below and learn more about this year’s check out the Membership Section Meetings!

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Spotlight Sessions

If you’re looking for ideas to mix up the same-ol’, same-ol’ things you’ve been doing in your program, take a look at SNA’s Spotlight Sessions, new for 2018.

Culinary Skills Labs
Speakers: Chef Sharon Schaefer, SNS, SNA Chefs Task Force members
Stop by the ANC culinary lab to walk through four mini demonstrations, including thermometer calibration, fruits and veggie prep, knife skills and weights and measures. Each session will be taught by members of SNA’s Chefs Task Force.

Jason Smith: From Cafeteria Manager to Food Network Star
Speaker: Jason Smith
You could say that food has been a driving force in Jason Smith’s life since he started cooking and baking with his grandmother. This passion took him from being an elementary school cafeteria manager to world-wide fame as the winner of Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship (Season 3) and Next Food Network Star (Season 13). Although Smith’s current focus is more on adult foods and flavors (bacon, butter, and bourbon), he believes that connecting kids to food through cooking is critical. Hear his inspiring journey and how he believes the school cafeteria can inspire children to explore new foods and flavors.

My Generation Is Better Than Yours
Speaker: Chaun Vaughn
In today’s workplace, you’re likely to have four generations trying to coexist. Join Chaun Vaughn in bringing to light what makes each generation unique, the factors that make them who they are and how to create a cohesive work environment across the generational divide.

Nutrition Smackdown: How to Defend (and Promote) Your Great Food!
Speakers: Jim Painter, PhD, RDN; David Grotto, MS, RDN
Don’t miss an edu-taining nutrition refresher to better understand and promote what whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and lean meats/meat alternatives really bring to the table (or the tray). Join nutrition experts Jim Painter, PhD, RDN and David Grotto, MS, RDN as they offer answers via their nutrition "smackdown-style" discussion.

Share and Share Alike: 29 Tech Tools to Create Cool Content for Social Media
Speaker: Beth Ziesenis
The most popular posts on social media are pictures and videos. With a few easy (and free!) tech tools, you can transform your messages into share-worthy graphics that will bring your school nutrition program to the forefront. This action-packed session will provide you with dozens of sites and apps that will help elevate the quality of your social media posts and other digital material.

Solving the Procurement Puzzle: Procurement Dos and Don’ts
Speaker: Barry Sackin, SNS
With a growing emphasis on procurement in school nutrition, it’s important to make sure you do things right and, perhaps more importantly, that you don’t do things that can undermine your professionalism and your program. SNA has developed guidance to help you find your way to a clean, effective procurement process.

Understanding Tomorrow’s Tastemakers Today
Speakers: Sharon Olson, Y-Pulse; Patricia Fitzgerald, School Nutrition
Join Y-Pulse Founding Partner Sharon Olson and School Nutrition Editor Patricia Fitzgerald as they explore the dining influences and preferences of today’s K-12 students. Y-Pulse’s research findings can offer school nutrition operators insightful data that can help drive menu magic. This session will also feature examples of cafeteria innovations from forward-thinking school districts.

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