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The School Nutrition Unit offers online, in-person and webinar training to increase school nutrition professionals' skills and knowledge in operating child nutrition programs.
These trainings provide USDA Professional Standards hours and count as Continuing Education Units (CEU) for the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credential. Use the Professional Standards training tracker to document participation in continuing education opportunities.
On the Menu
On The Menu Calls are held the fourth Thursday of each month from 2-3 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Topics reflect current happenings and required annual training and provide opportunities for networking with peers.
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- Mar. 23, CANCELED
- Apr. 27, Renewal Applications for Child Nutrition Programs
- May 25, Direct Certification
Webinars and In-Person Trainings
In addition to monthly On The Menu calls, School Nutrition offers training on a variety of topics to ensure child nutrition professionals are prepared to operate healthy, efficient, and compliant programs. All trainings are announced in the Dish bi-weekly newsletter and are offered from 2-3 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
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Self Paced Online Training
CDE School Nutrition uses the Moodle platform for all online training. To access online training and receive professional standards credit, you must have a Moodle account. Accounts are free.
After watching these recorded webinars, please complete the training evaluation if available.
On the Menu Recordings
February 2023: Identified Student Percentages and Healthy School Meals for All Updates
School Nutrition provides details on how to calculate Identified Student Percentage (ISP), how to report ISP, and the latest updates on the Healthy School Meals for All program. School Nutrition also spends approximately 30 minutes answering participant questions.
January 2023: Community Eligibility Provision - Learning from Peers
School Nutrition provides a brief update on the Healthy School Meals for All program and then a panel of food service directors currently implementing CEP discusses challenges, best practices, and successes.
November 2022: Healthy School Meals for All Program Overview
School Nutrition provides an overview of the Healthy School Meals for All program.
Other Recorded Trainings
Local Food Program Request for Applications; March 2023
Verification Collection Report; November 2022
School meal eligibility processes (income applications, templates, and direct certification).
Civil rights requirements in Child Nutrition Programs. The call covered public notification requirements, Civil Rights complaint procedures, racial/ethnic data collection, program accommodations, and satisfies the annual Civil Rights training requirement.
Program Tips and Tricks
How to access and use new marketing materials to showcase your child nutrition program.
How to take your food photography and social media marketing skills to the next level.
Ways to reduce food waste and tips to increase sustainability in menu planning.
Colorado School Nutrition Unit and Nourish Colorado Meal Quality Trainings
Meal Quality Training #1:
Participants review food safety during COVID-19, identify and build communication and marketing strategies, and learn new ways to set teams up for success through partnerships, equipment, and meal prep ideas.
Meal Quality Training #2:
Participants learn to evaluate varying presentation techniques, ideas for special diets, and best practices to efficiently assemble meals.
Meal Quality Training #3:
Creating efficiencies and taking care of your future self.
Meal Quality Training #4:
Participants learn more about time management plus culinary techniques and recipes, all designed to help you use up products in your inventory.
Kitchen Math Training:
Use kitchen math skills to reduce waste and improve portion control in your school meals program.
Recipe Reading and Development Training:
Learn how to read and develop a standardized recipe and use fresh herbs and spices to enhance your school meals.
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