Employee Recognition SNA Membership: A Welcome Gift This month is ready to kick off with a bang! On Friday, May 1, schools and districts around the country were set to showcase the extraordinary work of cafeteria team members in recognition of School Lunch Hero Day (SLHD), with more plans to highlight the team during School Nutrition Employee Week (SNEW), May 4-8, 2015. How have you used these celebratory occasions to spotlight the hardworking women and men who are heroes to the children who come through the cafeteria? Regardless of how you chose to recognize their efforts as part of those national observances, it’s never too late to give them the gift that keeps on giving: an SNA membership. Membership in the national association is a fantastic reward for anyone working in school nutrition, as it provides your team members with exclusive resources and tools that will benefit their career and the school nutrition program, including: • subscription to SNA’s award-winning magazine, School Nutrition; • certificate and credentialing programs designed for career enhancement and to support USDA’s professional standards; • year-round free educational webinars on pertinent topics such as food allergies, food safety and procurement; • educational meetings and networking events, including the upcoming Annual National Conference in July in Salt Lake City (aka the School Nutrition Event of the Year!); • PR and marketing tools to help you promote your program to parents, students and the entire school community; • scholarships and so much more! Remember, an SNA membership links you far beyond colleagues in the school or district. It’s an opportunity to join together with more than 55,000 like-minded, committed members from all corners of the country. For more information about SNA membership, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/member ship. And stay tuned to SN ’s June/July issue for more information about SNA’s upcoming membership recruitment campaigns and how you can help boost the Association’s membership base while also being eligible for special prize drawings. School Nutrition Specialist Three Letters Pack a Professional Punch What’s in a name? SNA’s School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) credential is a mark of excellence and achievement that reflects just what it takes to manage school nutrition operations in today’s challenging climate. By achieving the SNS credential, you will formalize your achievements and expertise, enhance your image and credibility and expand your career opportunities—all while elevating the pride you take in your profession! Have you been thinking about sitting for the SNS exam? Perhaps it’s a back-to-school goal for next fall. With two recently updated study resources now available from SNA, this is a perfect time to make your goal a reality. The new SNS Study Guide and School Food and Nutrition Service Management bundle will direct your study of the material covered on the exam. Do you feel you’re ready now? The newly updated SNS exam is scheduled conveniently for July 12, 2015, during SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Salt Lake City. Carol Weekly, RD, SNS, is the Nutrition Committee chair on SNA’s Board of Directors and also serves as an advisory team member of the updated SNS Study Guide 2015 . During a presentation of the “Take Your First Step Towards Achieving the SNS Credential” webinar (check out the archived session at www.schoolnutrition. org/webinar/archives), Weekly noted, “I strongly believe that earning the SNS is a necessary credential, since our profession is truly a specialty.” To learn more about the SNS Credentialing Program and the new resources available to help you, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/sns. Publications Helpful Research at Your Fingertips With SNA’s online, peerreviewed research publication, The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management (JCN&M), you have quick and easy access to recent study results on current issues affecting your school meal operation. It’s all just a few clicks away. Every issue of JCN&M features a variety of research articles on topics critical to the successful operation of school meal programs. In the latest issue, Spring 2015, look for findings and data on the following: • challenges implementing the school meal regulations; • parent perceptions of the school lunch mandate; • professional networks of rural school foodservice directors; • use of USDA recipes; and • practices for providing school field trip meals. To access these research articles, as well as more features in the latest issue—plus, the JCN&M archives—visit www.schoolnutrition.org/jcnm. ANC 2015 LESSON PLANS With more than 100+ individual workshops and classes, SNA’s Annual National Conference is the best source for training and professional development. Take a look at just a few scheduled sessions that will INSPIRE you to take chances and set new professional and personal goals for SY 2015-16. • Nudge Marketing…and the New Regs! You have a tremendous, largely untapped power to encourage kids toward healthier options. Nudge marketing strategies encompass the the ways menu items are presented and how we communicate with customers. Learn how to use effective messaging to “nudge” customers in the right direction. • Make Every Food $$ Count by Minimizing Food Waste Gain insight into practical ways you and your team can control food costs in kitchens and cafeterias, while ensuring the highest food safety standards. Learn how to apply such techniques as good purchasing and inventory practices, proper cooling methods and appropriate temperature control steps. • Navigating Professional Standards Feeling overwhelmed about the new education and training requirements that go into effect SY 2015-16? Join representatives from SNA’s Education Committee and Certificate & Credentialing Governing Council to gain inspiring and insights—and answers to your questions. You’ll also learn how SNA’s professional development programs have been aligned specifically to help you and your team meet the annual continuing education requirements. Visit SchoolNutrition.org and link to the ANC 2015 page for a complete list of education sessions. From the basic nuts and bolts to the ahead-of-the-curve innovations, you’ll find what you need at ANC. Be sure to check out the monthly online Speaker Spotlight series to meet some of the top experts dynamic presenters who will be featured this summer. ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE SALT LAKE CITY schoolnutrition.org/anc2015
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