Frank DiPasquale 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Our Vision for Education Late this month, SNA leaders from across the country will convene in Louisville, Ky., for the annual National Leadership Conference (NLC). While the Association’s other national meetings focus on ways to enhance school nutrition programs through best practices, partnerships and policy, NLC is an occasion for SNA to focus on itself, identifying organizational priorities and reviewing strategies designed to best meet the needs of its 55,000 members. At the heart of each NLC program is the introduction of the next Annual Plan. For 2012-13, that Plan is centered on a brand-new strategic framework to steer our organization—and its state affiliates and local chapters—through the next three to five years. I’d like to use this column to introduce each of the five pillars of SNA’s Strategic Framework, sharing with you the expected outcomes, as well as a few of the specific steps SNA is already taking to meet these goals. Let’s begin with Education & Professional Development. For this Pillar, “SNA will be seen as the authoritative source for school nutrition professionals to find the necessary knowledge, training and resources to excel in their careers.” The importance of this category is evident in its having the most—eight—outcomes of all five pillars: ■ Ensure SNA is the one-stop destination for school nutrition professionals and allied groups for education resources. ■ Enhance the quality and relevance of Association resources, classes and programs. ■ Ensure competence through education and provide professional development opportunities for career and program success. ■ Create standards and a path for growth in all levels of SNA’s Certification and Credentialing programs. ■ Ensure SNA Certification and Credentialing is the standard of excellence among school nutrition professionals. ■ Produce learning experiences that pioneer new approaches and model best practices for quality programs. ■ Position SNA as the Career Resource Center and develop a path for career promotion for school nutrition personnel. ■ Market SNA’s educational resources as a key member benefit. These outcomes are so critical to the very future of the school nutrition profession. And we are wasting no time in getting to work. A redesign of SchoolNutrition.org is underway, with special emphasis on ensuring that our online School Nutrition University is an accessible destination for professional development resources. SNA is working with several allies—including the National Food Service Management Institute and the U.S. Department of Agriculture—on various training projects. SNA’s Certification & Credentialing Program will be reviewed and updated to reflect new and pending regulations; the program also will be supported with substantive marketing. This is just the tip of the iceberg. I look forward to keeping you updated on our progress.
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