Pre-Conference Workshops

Kickstart your #ANC19 learning experience (and earn extra CEUs, too!) with full-, half-day or new two-hour express pre-conference workshops.

2-hour Workshops 3- & 4-hour Workshops Full-day Workshops  

1. Nutrition
2. Operations
3. Administration
4. Communications & Marketing

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

Pre-registration is required for all pre-conference sessions. Sessions may be canceled if not full. If canceled, registrants will be offered alternate courses or receive a full refund by mail after the conference concludes. Please register by June 7. SNA advises pre-conference registrants to wait to make schedule-dependent transportation plans until May 1, 2019.  

Express Pre-Conference Workshops
(2-hour training)

Saturday, July 13, 8:00 am-10:00 am

Innovative Menu Planning Resources and Training
Speaker(s): USDA Representatives
New to school nutrition or need to jump start your menu planning tactics? Bring your laptop, iPad or digital device to discover USDA’s newest menu planning tools to help reinvigorate your school menu! Plus, learn new tactics from foodservice directors for creative (and simple) culinary techniques and incorporating ethnic cuisines through standardized recipes. This workshop will also showcase innovative menu planning and culinary training resources—and you’ll walk away with new menu techniques that students will enjoy!
Cost: $99; CEUs: 2; Key Area: 1
Target Audience: All

Saturday, July 13, 9:00 am-11:00 am

Train-the-Trainer on Financial Management & KPIs
Speaker(s): Lori Adkins, SNS; Gary Childress, SNS
It’s critical for school nutrition staff to understand basic financial management procedures. SNA’s new “Dollars & Cents” video tutorial training series will allow directors and supervisors to train their staff on a variety of financial Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The series will be offered exclusively online, so this is a unique opportunity to participate live with the directors who piloted the training. The pre-con workshop includes access to all five online modules and training materials/trainer package.
Cost: $199; CEUs: 2; Key Area: 3
Target Audience: D, MC; SA

Saturday, July 13, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Simple Solutions for Effective Communication & Customer Delight
Speaker(s): Bart Christian
We all know that the effectiveness of our program is a direct result of the quality of the relationships we enjoy with our customers and co-workers. This session will help you identify personal communication styles, recognize non-productive communication behaviors, as well as learn immediately applicable skills that can be used in the workplace and in life. Learn exactly who your “customers” are, how to deliver service daily that will create “Customer Delight” and simple tactics that will ensure the kids (and adults) keep coming back for more!
Cost: $99; CEUs: 2; Key Area: 4
Target Audience: E, M

Saturday, July 13, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

No Need to Reinvent Anything: FREE (or very low cost) Resources for Every Aspect of Your School Nutrition Program
Speaker(s): Dayle Hayes, MS, RD; Sharon Schaefer, SNS
Bring your laptop, iPad or digital device to learn, search and find techniques to access materials, toolkits and best practices on nearly EVERY school nutrition topic. In just two hours, you’ll create your own customized digital toolbox guaranteed to save you time and money every week of the school year with a host of topics in school nutrition at your fingertips!
Cost: $99; CEUs: 2; Key Areas: 1, 2, 3, 4
Target Audience: All

Pre-Conference Workshops
(3- & 4-hour training)

Saturday, July 13, 8:30 am-11:30 am

Community Activity: Helping Heal Childhood Hunger in Missouri
Speaker(s): Jordan Gordan; Trina Ragain, MSPH; Chef Robert Rusan; Brian Wieher, SNS, CMP, CCNP
Experience a one-of-a-kind opportunity to visit Operation Food Search (OFS), a non-profit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger and family food insecurity in the St. Louis region and Missouri. The organization provides nutritious food, child-focused meal programs, nutrition education, and capacity building services to more than 300 community partner agencies, health clinics, and school districts.

  • Visit OFS’s food distribution and nutrition education center to learn about their emergency food distribution services, nutrition education initiatives and partnership with Kansas City Public Schools.
  • Participate in a community service activity focused on OFS’s summer meals program.
  • Join in on a hands-on school food cooking demo with their registered dietitians and nutrition education team.
  • Check out the food trucks that deliver nutritious food—6 days a week—to children in high-need and low-resourced communities throughout the summer.

Come learn, meet peers from across the country, take home a new recipe for school – all while helping the local community! Expect to stand for the duration of the class. Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and have long hair tied back.
Cost: $129; CEUs 2; Key Area: 2
Target Audience: All

Saturday, July 13, 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Managing Personalities and Conflict SOLD OUT!
Speaker(s): Phyllis Hodges, MPS, SNS; Lisa Rogers
This ICN workshop is designed for school child nutrition professionals who are in management positions or who aspire to be. The goal of this training is to help you identify the many factors that may influence the way people interact and respond to conflict, including self-reflection which looks at personality characteristics and attitudes, in addition to existing biases and stereotypes. Finally, you’ll engage in identifying non-productive behaviors and in building skills that will help promote successful conflict resolution.
Cost: Complimentary; CEUs: 4; Key Areas: 3, 4
Target Audience: M, D, I

Marketing Shortcuts and Tools for the Busy School Nutrition Professional (Intermediate-Expert Level)
Speaker(s): Stefanie Dove, MBA, RDN, SNS; Liz Roesel
Are you currently marketing your program, but ready to take it to the next level? Learn branding, graphic design and marketing best practices that can help streamline your marketing efforts and make it easier for you to engage parents, students and key stakeholders. You’ll also learn shortcuts and creative ways to promote your program, including tips that real marketers use every day! The best part: these aren’t difficult, time-consuming or expensive to implement.
Cost: $129; CEUs: 4; Key Area: 4
Target Audience: All

State Agency Pre-Conference Workshop: Updates and Best Practices from USDA
Speaker(s): USDA Representatives
This session led by USDA will provide state agencies with insight and best practices on several hot topics including administrative reviews, prioritizing your resources, procurement reviews, natural disasters and more! Come with your questions and leave prepared with the most up-to-date guidance for your programs.
Cost: $129; CEUs: 4; Key Area: 3
Target Audience: SA

Saturday, July 13, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Ask the RDs: Understanding the WHY—Decoding Nutrition Regulations and Food Allergy Confusion
Speaker(s): Stefanie Dove, MBA, RDN, SNS; Shaun Sawko, RD
With the prevalence of food allergies and special meal accommodations in school nutrition programs on the rise, registered dietitians, Stefanie Dove and Shaun Sawko are here to help. They’ll offer guidance, so you can navigate the disability laws and develop menu concepts to meet these requirements using items you currently have in your kitchens. Plus, discover why the meal pattern regulations are essential to the health of children and take away information to market your meals programs to students, parents and the community.
Cost $129; CEUs: 4; Key Area: 1
Target Audience: All

Money Management for Managers
Speaker(s): Carol Longley, PhD, RDN, LDN; Cyndie Story, PhD, RDN, CC, SNS; Diane Schweitzer, PhD, RN
This highly interactive workshop offers a focus on site-level cost-control strategies to help maintain a financially solvent school meals program, from food purchasing to serving customers. Additionally, small group discussion on how to understand financial data and how to implement positive change based on program trends will enhance your ability to operate a successful, money-wise school nutrition program.
Cost: $129; CEUs: 4; Key Area: 3
Target Audience: M

Knife and Cooking Skills Train-the- Trainer Lab
Speaker(s): Chef Brenda Thompson-Wattles, RDN; Members from SNA's Chefs Task Force
Back by popular demand! Culinary techniques are a critical element of preparing flavorful food for the children we feed. This Culinary Train-the Trainer Skills Lab will provide you with both a hands-on knife skills and culinary techniques with chefs from SNA’s Chefs Task Force.

You’ll learn safe and efficient techniques with the most essential tool in the kitchen—the chef’s knife. Practice fundamental cuts for preparing fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs and explore a variety of cooking techniques that will enhance the flavors, textures, and appearance of school meals. Come away with the knowledge, recipes and skills to teach the same techniques to staff in your kitchens. Expect to stand for the duration of the class. Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and have long hair tied back.
Cost: $199; CEUs: 4; Key Area: 2
Target Audience All

State Agency Pre-Conference Workshop: Train-the-Trainer for State Agencies—Procurement Ethics: What Should You Do?
Speaker(s): Sandy Curwood, PhD, RDN; Colleen Fillmore, PhD, RD, SNS; Lynn Harvey, EdD, RDN, SNS; Cheryl Johnson, MS, RD, LD
Developed by SNA and tailored for school nutrition professionals, SNA’s successful ethics training program is now ready to be launched at the state level in partnership with state agency representatives. Taught by state agency directors who piloted the training, you’ll leave this engaging pre-conference workshop well-equipped to provide face to face training on procurement ethics at the state level. You’ll review scenarios that present common thorny ethical dilemmas in procurement, discuss what the law requires and guidance for SFAs. Includes access to 4 procurement ethics case studies, trainer guide and trainer presentations. Limited seating. Open to state agency representatives ONLY.
Cost: $299; CEUs: 4; Key Area: 2
Target Audience: SA

Pre-Conference Workshops
(full-day training)

Saturday, July 13, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Preparation Course SOLD OUT!
Speaker(s): Sandy Ford, SNS; Adrea Katzenmeier, RD, SNS
Back by popular demand! A must-do for those thinking about taking the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) exam, the SNS Prep Course* is based on the SNS Exam Study Guide and covers key content areas. Taught by subject matter experts, it provides key resources and concepts to help you prepare. Course fee includes the SNS Study Guide and lunch. *Please note: the SNS Prep Course will not guarantee a passing score and does not include content from the actual Exam.
Cost: $249; CEUs: 7; Key Areas: 1, 2, 3, 4
Target Audience: D, MC, SA, I

Saturday, July 13, 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Supervisory Skill Development for Managers
Speaker(s): Carol Gilbert, MEd, SNS; Donald Gilbert
Back by popular demand! Today, managers and supervisors continue to be asked to do more with less. This workshop focuses on discovering your inner leader, from understanding your communication style, how to effectively organize workload and delegate tasks, all the up way to conflict management.
Cost: $199 (includes lunch); CEUs: 8; Key Area: 3
Target Audience: M

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