By Julia Bauscher, SNS SNA President 2014-10-28 11:05:50
On the Go and On the Grow While writing this column, I am enjoying the sights, sounds and flavors of Salt Lake City, Utah, during SNA’s official Annual National Conference (ANC) Planning Committee site visit. I sure hope you have marked your calendar to join me for ANC 2015! It will be a great opportunity to engage with other members and be energized by all the exciting ideas that will be shared. Every ANC provides many professional development opportunities, but there is no need to wait until summer to learn new things! I hope you take advantage of training opportunities that come your way—especially when they are free! These include monthly webinars from SNA, paid workshops offered by your district and events organized by state agency. Plus, it’s always worth applying for tuition assistance programs, conducting chapter fundraisers and entering contests and drawings where the prize is a free registration to a state or national association conference. Not only will you gain valuable information at such meetings, but I can almost guarantee that you will discover at least one new idea shared by someone else in attendance. These lead to connections with new friends who will always be there for fresh ideas and a helping hand. Directors, supervisors and industry representatives: Visit SchoolNutrition.org to learn more about January’s School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC). Sunny Phoenix will be the perfect place to gather January 11-13, 2015. I love this year’s theme, “Change is inevitable…Growth is optional,” is the perfect summary of how we all need to view professional development! This issue of School Nutrition celebrates the power of training and development, with articles that should inspire you to shake things up—for yourself and for your team. You’ll also find stories on another topic near and dear to our hearts: school breakfast. Get inspired by the recap of the last National School Breakfast Week celebrations and start planning for the March 2015 observance. It’s frustrating to keep proving the value of school breakfast, but gather that supporting data, one school at a time. I was delighted when a principal in my district recently credited breakfast in the classroom with improving test scores. Meanwhile, I hope many of you are still trying to arrange cafeteria site visits with legislators; SNA needs you to keep sharing your challenges—and achievements—to help us gain sensible flexibility for our programs. Also, the Child Nutrition Reauthorization process gears up in earnest in 2015, and we’ll be actively soliciting your ideas. Finally, please take time during this busy month to give thanks for all the wonderful blessings in your life, especially family, friends and the students we serve.
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