Special Workshops, Education Sessions & Ideas@Work Sessions

Get ready for three days of unparalleled learning for school nutrition operators and industry partners. Whether you’re new to SNIC or a seasoned attendee, the 2020 conference in Palm Springs promises to provide you with innovative approaches to help you build your vision for school nutrition programs. Take advantage of exciting education and ideas@work sessions and new one-of-a-kind special workshops throughout the conference. Note these special workshops will take place concurrent to sessions, so please plan accordingly.

Special Workshops, Education Sessions and Roundtables

Monday, January 13, 10:00 am–11:00 am

Behind the Scenes at the Renaissance Esmeralda Kitchen & Dining
Speaker(s): Chef Eric Theiss
Join executive Chef Eric Theiss of the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort as he takes you on a one-of-a kind culinary journey. You will tour the Renaissance banquet kitchen and gain innovative ideas for your school district from their state-of-the-art ovens, storage facility, garde-manger and conveyer belt food assembly to mock-up plating while sampling delightful food. Expect to stand or walk around for the duration of the class. Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and have long hair tied back.
Fee: $25 per person to help offset cost of food tasting.
Pre-registration is required. To add this workshop to your schedule, please register here .

Design Your Very Own ‘THINKubator’
Speaker(s): Jamie Murdock
You saw the Thinkubator in action yesterday, and now you can leverage the power of collaborative problem solving for your own organization or program. Join Thinkubator Guru Jamie Murdock who will walk you through the process of solving serious challenges with fun teamwork and spirited competition.

Harness the Power of Forecasting with USDA Foods—A Roundtable
Discuss USDA’s new initiative to help make the most of entitlement dollars available to districts and focus on forecasting, long-term contracting and reporting in a very transparent system.

Making it Happen: Sustainability and School Nutrition
Moderator: Jean Ronnei, SNS
Panelists: Doug Davis, SNS; Stacy Koppen, MS, RD, LD, SNS
From composting initiatives to reducing or changing packaging, what steps can you take to make your school nutrition program more sustainable? Join this panel discussion to hear about sustainable practices from across the country and discuss what’s ahead for school nutrition.

Team Genius: Getting the Best Out of Your Team
Speaker(s): Joe Gerstandt
Take advantage of another opportunity to hear from diversity and inclusion expert, Joe Gerstandt, and apply research-driven insights into forming an efficient and diverse team. Learn how concepts like cognitive diversity and psychological safety can help you build a talented (and inclusive) team and gain practical ideas and behaviors to grow your leadership skillset.

What’s Your Vision? How to Use a Vision Board to Map Out Your Goals
Speaker(s): Kara Sample, RDN, SNS
Get ready for a strategic session designed to help you create a vision board to map out the future of your school nutrition program. You will have the opportunity to delve into past experiences, successes and improvement areas as well as future aspirations—and learn how all these aspects are important to consider. You will walk away with a strong vision to support your professional goals and grow your program or business.

Monday, January 13, 2:30 pm–5:00 pm (includes travel time on bus)

Local Food Bank Activity: Help End Hunger in the Coachella Valley
When you think of Coachella, do you think of the popular and glamorous music festival? You can make a difference by participating in a less visible but critical side to Coachella: helping end hunger in the community. At SNIC, experience a unique opportunity to visit the “Find Food Bank” in the Coachella Valley, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger and family food insecurity. Tour the food distribution center to learn about their emergency food distribution service and participate in a community service activity with other school nutrition professionals. Come learn and meet peers from across the country–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.
Fee: $25 per person to help offset bus transport costs and support Find Food Bank
Pre-registration is required. To add this workshop to your schedule, please register here.

Monday, January 13, 2:45 pm–3:45 pm

Behind the Scenes at the Renaissance Esmeralda Kitchen & Dining (Repeat)
See full description above.
Fee: $25 per person to help offset cost of food tasting.
Pre-registration is required. To add this workshop to your schedule, please register here .

Bids: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Moderator: Barry Sackin
Panelists: Lynn Harvey, EdD, RDN, SNS; Tonya McGill, EdD; Nicole Nicoloff
Bids are an effective procurement tool but can be tricky to master: Bid or RFP? Which is better? How do you write your specifications? How do you order just the right amount of product in a quantity that will be used? Gain concrete ideas for how to write effective bids from a panel of key stakeholders in the procurement process.

Design Your Very Own ‘Thinkubator’ (Repeat)
Speaker(s): Jamie Murdock
See full description above.

Diversity and Inclusion: Putting Ideas into Practice Roundtable
Speaker(s): Lori Adkins, SNS; Reginald Ross, SNS
You heard from Joe Gerstandt this morning, but in this (small) roundtable discussion, you’ll be able to brainstorm and discuss how to put those ideas into practice and increase inclusivity in your district, organization and our Association.

Making it Happen: Sustainability and School Nutrition (Repeat)
Moderator: Jean Ronnei, SNS
Panelists: Doug Davis, SNS; Stacey Koppen, MS, RD, LD, SNS
See full description above.

Take a Tour of SNF’s Breakfast in Classroom Operations and Equipment Digital Guide
Speaker(s): Mary Begalle, PhD, RDN, SNS
Starting an after-the-bell breakfast model can seem like a daunting task, but get your questions answered at this roundtable. Tour the newly launched Operations and Equipment Guide from School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) and Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (PBIC) and learn about operations and implementation so all schools can successfully employ BIC programs with thoughtful planning and purchasing.

What’s Your Vision? How to Use a Vision Board to Map Out Your Goals (Repeat)
Speaker(s): Kara Sample, RDN, SNS
See full description above.

Tuesday, January 14, 9:00 am–10:00 am

Behind the Scenes at the Renaissance Esmeralda Kitchen & Dining (Repeat)
See full description above.
Fee: $25 per person to help offset cost of food tasting.
Pre-registration is required. To add this workshop to your schedule, please register here .


Ideas@Work Sessions

Ideas@Work sessions at SNIC 2020

These popular fast-paced, 30-minute sessions are focused on singular innovations and presented by the school nutrition operators who championed them. Speakers will trace the path of a big idea—from concept to implementation—identifying the steps required to put the idea to work in your district’s schools. Sessions are repeated so attendees can benefit from two different ideas@work sessions. Sponsored by Tyson Foods.

Tuesday, January 14, 8:45 am–9:15 am

Boost Program Revenue with New Strategies
Speaker(s): Patti Bilbrey
Give your revenue a boost with these fresh and creative ideas on leveraging community partnerships, repositioning afterschool snack programs, pricing a la carte items and more. They’ll not only help grow your program, but also increase offerings to students and the community.

Bringing Customization and International Fare to School Cafeterias
Speaker(s): Lisa Johnson, MS, RD, SNS
Today’s students love bold flavors and customizing their meals. When you combine the two culinary concepts and add them to a school food operation, you have a recipe for a fantastic lunch program. Learn how one district integrated the build-your-own meal concept into their lunch lines with international flavors, and now serve up customizable soups, stews and a twist to traditional entrees. You’ll walk away with new ideas and some great recipes.

Building A New School? How to Create a Seat at the Table
Speaker(s): Alyssia Wright
Thanks to increasing student enrollment, many schools don’t have the capacity to meet rising demands. As many school districts opt to create new buildings to house growing populations, it is a great time for school nutrition departments to ensure they are part of the construction process. Gain practical ideas for how to ensure you not only have a seat at the table but are suited to advocate for what’s needed (and what isn’t) to serve your students.

Practical Ways to Incorporate Play at Work
Speaker(s): Danielle Bock, SNS
Your heard all about the benefits of play from Dr. Shimi Kang’s opening session. Now, learn practical ways to incorporate play into departmental meetings and team-building efforts. Remember, play will help you create a more engaged, productive and creative team!

Unleash the Untapped Potential of Video
Speaker(s): Chris Burkhardt, SNS
Video is everywhere and so easy to use. Learn how one district has transformed departmental communications with video to train staff and communicate with key stakeholders. No matter your district size, these ideas will breathe new life into your trainings. And, industry members will gain ideas to use with their customers.

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