March 2021 Issue

School Nutrition: Go Boldly: Your Path to Leadership

Welcome to the first all-digital version of School Nutrition magazine! While we know that our readers eagerly await a print copy to arrive via U.S. mail, we are daring to do something a little different this month.

Acting on the dual drivers of economics and changing reader trends, eSN is our way to ensure you get the content you expect every month. Costs are up, revenue is down and readers are seeking multiple content formats that meet their in-the-moment need states. (And while the news-making delays in mail delivery was not a factor in our decision to take some issues online this year, the postal crisis has made digital access for timely editorial and advertising content all the more important.) eSN is our solution to all these problems!

This first eSN is a pilot test—we are only dipping a toe into many of the tech flourishes that are often signature features of e-publications. Be sure to hover on a page to activate the color-coded markers that alert you to embedded links that will take you directly to numerous extras, such as helpful web pages and advertiser content. If you haven’t viewed our “digital mirror” issue of each print edition, take some time to explore some of the different functions of our longstanding e-publication app, including easy ways to share articles, search entire issues by keywords and access archives dating back more than a decade!

This issue is packed with articles we think you will want to read! From identifying your leadership style to discovering baking substitutions for better breakfast items and so much more, eSN is still your number one source for content that instructs, informs and inspires you every day.

Log into your SNA account and scroll down to read this month's articles, view the digital issue or download a PDF of the magazine to print or share. Here's what's covered:

  • The School Nutrition Foundation is “Introducing LEAD™ to Succeed,” a new professional development program made possible through a grant from USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. The training initiative addresses critical workforce development needs, helping school nutrition professionals Learn, Educate, Advance and Develop.
  • What do your actions reveal about your approach to leadership? “You’ve Got Style! (But Do You Know What It Is?),” by Joanne Robinett, MS, SNS, offers up a situation-based quiz to help you figure out how you best lead.
  • Not all leaders are all the top of the career ladder! “The Middle Way,” by SN Editor Patricia L. Fitzgerald, explains how effective leaders can be employed anywhere along the spectrum of a group or organization.
  • “Listen Better to Lead Better,” by Jennifer Lewi, SNA’s Staff Vice President of Membership & Professional Development, offers up tips and advice for tuning in and tuning up your active listening skills to effectively manage and resolve conflict.
  • Does your school breakfast menu feature items that are just dessert in disguise? “Better-for-You Breakfast Baked Goods,” by Contributing Editor Kelsey Casselbury, informs on how to improve on the nutrition of baked goods at breakfast without sacrificing quality or taste.

Plus, the School Nutrition Association continues to celebrate its 75th anniversary with interviews featuring the leaders of yesterday, today and tomorrow. This month, Barry Sackin, a school nutrition consultant, Jose Quinones (National School Business Development Manager, J.T.M. Food Group) and Dalla Emerson (Director of Food Service Operations, Bowling Green Independent School District, Kentucky) reflect on the history of the profession, as well as future opportunities. The March 2021 issue of eSN is available now—read it today!

March 2021 School Nutrition Issue

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