Education Sessions

SNIC 2018 has packed the agenda with provocative presentations that addresses some of the most challenging issues in the K12 school foodservice segment. Offered as general sessions, concurrent breakouts and small group discussions, these educational opportunities will foster creative new strategies, enhance your knowledge and refine your skills. Take a look at what you can expect.

Educational Programming Formats

  • General Sessions: 60- to 90-minute plenary sessions
  • Education Sessions: 60-minute breakout sessions, scheduled to run concurrently
  • New! Ideas@Work: 30-minute, fast-paced learning sessions focused on singular innovations. Trace the path of a big idea from concept to implementation, identifying the steps that will put that idea to work in your operation.
  • Innovative Solution Sessions: 60-minute industry-hosted sessions emphasizing dialogue and customer feedback about products and trends.
  • #OpenSpace (New Concept!): Something on your mind? We’ve got you covered! Discussions are conducted in 30-minute intervals and coordinated through the SNIC conference app. Suggest a topic for discussion and if you receive interest from others, you can reserve a designated time slot to lead/facilitate the discussion.

Monday, January 22, 2018, 9:45 am-10:45 am

Simple Tech Tools from Your Nerdy Best Friend
Speaker: Beth Ziesenis
In today's high-tech world, apps can solve all kinds of challenges in your School Nutrition Puzzle! We've brainstormed some of the toughest tasks in your typical day for this practical session with tech tools you just can't miss.

Join us for...
• Instant, FREE solutions for your biggest flyer, graphic and design needs
• No-cost ideas for virtual meetings
• Apps that merge your home and work calendars and to-do lists
• Reliable sources of industry updates and news to help you stay in the know
• Email! Email! Email! How to handle your inbox without going mad

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How and When to Buy American and Buy Local
Facilitator: Chris Burkhardt, SNS
Panelists: Gay Anderson, SNS, Andrea Denning; Erin Hysom MPH, RDN; Sean Leer; Andrew Marshall; Sarah Smith-Holmes

You want to buy local. You also know that school districts must follow the Buy American provision when purchasing food for school nutrition programs. Join the experts to identify tips to source U.S. grown and produced foods and apply suggested marketing language and district practices to ensure procurement of American and local products.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
SNA CEUs are aligned with USDA Professional Standards required training standards. All SNIC attendees who attend the full conference will earn CEUs toward SNA’s Certificate Program, the SNS Credential renewal and USDA Professional Standards, where applicable. CEUs for SNIC pre-conference workshops can be used to apply for an initial SNA Certificate, move up a Certificate level or count toward USDA Professional Standards annual training, as appropriate.

Procurement Ethics—What Should You Do?
Facilitator: Sandy Curwood, PhD, RDN
Co-facilitators: Mike Burke, SNS; Stephanie Bruce; Steve Turner

Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss procurement ethics, as part of SNA’s new programming School Nutrition Ethics: What Should You Do? In this facilitated session, you will review procurement scenarios that present ethical dilemmas, discuss what the law requires and brainstorm possible approaches forward.

Top 10 Steps to Managing the Procurement Process (and Preventing a Bid Protest!)
Procurement is complex but there are fundamental steps districts should take to manage the process effectively. Come hear a top 10 list compiled by the experts!

When it Comes to Food and Ingredients, What Do Consumers Really Want?
Speaker: Mark Cornthwaite, MBA
Good value. Convenient. Clean label. Locally sourced. What do consumers really want? Join strategic nutrition marketer Mark Cornthwaite who will help you uncover different consumer segments, their specific needs and how you can address those needs as a school nutrition program operator or industry professional.

We heard you! Based on attendee feedback, we understand that it’s tough to choose between education sessions; therefore, most of the morning education sessions are repeated in the afternoon.

Monday, January 22, 2018, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Simple Tech Tools from Your Nerdy Best Friend
Speaker: Beth Ziesenis
In today's high-tech world, apps can solve all kinds of challenges in your School Nutrition Puzzle! We've brainstormed some of the toughest tasks in your typical day for this practical session with tech tools you just can't miss.

Join us for...
• Instant, FREE solutions for your biggest flyer, graphic and design needs
• No-cost ideas for virtual meetings
• Apps that merge your home and work calendars and to-do lists
• Reliable sources of industry updates and news to help you stay in the know
• Email! Email! Email! How to handle your inbox without going mad

Co-ops and GPOs: Your Questions Answered!
Facilitator: Lynnelle Grumbles, RD, SNS
Panelists: Courtney Haueter, JD; Tim Goossens, SNS; Curtistine Walker

Do you have questions about working with GPOs and Co-op? Are you considering cooperative purchasing with other districts? Now is your chance to get your questions answered by a panel of experts.

Tracking Training
A tracking grid will be provided at Registration for attendees to track CEUs and training taken at SNIC. For your convenience (and where applicable), Pre-Conference Workshops, General Sessions and Education Sessions will be coded to correspond with USDA’s Professional Standards Learning Topics.

How and When to Buy American and Buy Local
Facilitator: Chris Burkhardt, SNS
Panelists: Gay Anderson, SNS, Andrea Denning; Erin Hysom MPH, RDN; Sean Leer; Andrew Marshall; Sarah Smith-Holmes

You want to buy local. You also know that school districts must follow the Buy American provision when purchasing food for school nutrition programs. Join the experts to identify tips to source U.S. grown and produced foods and apply suggested marketing language and district practices to ensure procurement of American and local products.

Procurement Ethics—What Should You Do?
Facilitator: Sandy Curwood, PhD, RDN
Co-facilitators: Mike Burke, SNS; Stephanie Bruce; Steve Turner

Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss procurement ethics, as part of SNA’s new programming School Nutrition Ethics: What Should You Do? In this facilitated session, you will review procurement scenarios that present ethical dilemmas, discuss what the law requires and brainstorm possible approaches forward.

When it Comes to Food and Ingredients, What Do Consumers Really Want?
Speaker: Mark Cornthwaite, MBA
Good value. Convenient. Clean label. Locally sourced. What do consumers really want? Join strategic nutrition marketer Mark Cornthwaite who will help you uncover different consumer segments, their specific needs and how you can address those needs as a school nutrition program operator or industry professional.

SNA's NEW Ideas@Work Sessions

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 9:30 am-10:00 am
(repeated 10:15 am-10:45 am)

These 30-minute, fast-paced learning sessions are focused on singular innovations. Each Ideas@Work session is scheduled 9:30 am-10:00 am and then repeated from 10:15 am-10:45 am. You have the opportunity to attend two of these great sessions. Ideas@Work is a collaboration between SNF and SNA.

Vending Victories: A Unique Way to Offer Reimbursable Meals
Speaker: Jessica Shelley MBA, SNS
Do your high school students think it’s uncool to come to the cafeteria? Or is the cafeteria just too far away from the bus drop off or morning gathering areas? Reimbursable meal vending machines are the latest trend to reach more students with your healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch meals! Check out how you can increase participation through this unique alternate serving model.

Student Engagement: The Secret Ingredient to School Meal Success
Speaker: Teresa Brown, MS, RD, LDN SNS
Gain practical ideas for increasing both value and participation in your school meal program by engaging students through feedback, menu planning and recipe contests.

School Nutrition Playbook – Filling the Gap with School Meals
Speaker: Warren DeShields
Early and short lunch periods could mean that students who participate in after-school interests don’t have the fuel they need! Come see how you can work with school clubs and athletic teams to start a CACFP program that will keep students nourished long after the school bell.

Bringing it Home – Helping Families Experience the Foods and Flavors of School Meals
Speaker: Vanessa Hayes, MPA, SNS
Sprinkled with innovative ideas, fun and hands-on participation, join us to discover how your school nutrition program can become a learning lab—a place where students can learn where food comes from, try out new offerings, and be introduced to school lunch-inspired recipes they can try at home.

Customizing Meals: Using Mobile Ordering to Keep the Line Moving
Speaker: Jennifer Peifer, SNS
It’s no secret that made-to-order meals are appealing to students (and parents). Now you can find out how to plan for and launch a mobile ordering program that gives students a fast-casual restaurant-like experience at school. It’s certain to have them coming back for more!

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