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osnp laptop graphicThe Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Division of Food and Nutrition, in collaboration with Project PA (Penn State), is offering an “Orientation to School Food Service Operations (Part 2)” as a series of webinars. These sessions are designed to provide critical information to help new (and aspiring) school Food Service Directors, and/or those responsible for Food Service Operations, to be successful in their positions. However, because these sessions are being offered virtually, they are open to anyone at any stage of their school food service career.

The topics, dates, times, and registration links are listed below. Registration is free. After you register you will be sent a webinar link and passcode via e-mail. Prior to each webinar, slides and handouts will be sent to registrants via e-mail. Professional development credits will be provided for each webinar. Attendees will receive a certificate documenting participation.

 

Financial Management:
April 27, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:30am

Presenter: Ann Cromyak, Resource Management Supervisor, PDE

Description:

  • This webinar will cover categorizing revenues and expenditures, determining the percent of program and nonprogram revenues to total revenues, determining a la carte prices, calculating meal equivalents, evaluating staffing determinations, and calculating plate costs.
 
 
 

Personnel Management – Part 1:
April 28, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Presenter: Barb Nissel, Food Service Consultant, SOS Group, Inc.

Description:

  • Topics to be discussed will include leadership styles, planning personnel needs, hiring practices, orientation and training, managing wages and salaries, providing benefits and incentives, appraising performance, resolving conflicts, and communicating with employees.
 
 
 

Personnel Management – Part 2:
April 28, 2021 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Presenter: Barb Nissel, Food Service Consultant, SOS Group, Inc.

Description:

  • This webinar will be a continuation of Part 1 and will also address work processes and labor control.
 
 
 

Environmental/Biosecurity Management:
April 29, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Presenter: Carol Gilbert, School Foodservice Consultant, Carol H. Gilbert Consulting

Description:

  • This webinar will review the steps involved in developing a biosecurity management plan, address safety considerations related to COVID-19, and identify environmental considerations for school food service programs.
 
 
 

Effective Marketing of School Meals:
April 29, 2021 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Presenter: Carol Gilbert, School Foodservice Consultant, Carol H. Gilbert Consulting

Description:

  • This webinar will discuss development of marketing plans and implementation of marketing strategies to increase participation in school meals.
 
 
 

School Nutrition Programs’ Food Safety Compliance:
May 4, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Presenters: Jennifer Jarrett, School Nutrition Programs Manager, PDE and Audrey Hess, Public Health Nutrition Consultant, PDE

Description:

  • This webinar will clarify requirements and recordkeeping related to food safety in the school food service setting and include an explanation of the food safety inspection reporting process.
 
 
 

Expanding School Breakfast:
May 4, 2021 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Presenters: Elaine McDonnell, Director, Project PA, Penn State University; Troy Golden, Director of Food Service, Albert Gallatin SD; Martin Lorenzo, Director of Food Service, Gateway SD; Amy Keeler, Director of Food Service, Brownsville Area SD

Description:

  • This webinar will discuss strategies for increasing participation in school breakfast and will include presentations by three school food service directors who will share how they increased school breakfast participation in their districts.
 
 
 

Farm to School:
May 5, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Presenters: Audrey Hess, Public Health Nutrition Consultant, PDE;
Panel discussing farm to school success stories. Presenters: Sharon Berger, Food and Nutrition Service Supervisor, Keystone Central School District; Jennifer Reiser, Director of Food Service, Grove City Area School District; Nichole Taylor, Director of Food Services, Chichester School District.

Description:

  • This webinar will provide an overview of farm to school, the PA Harvest of the Month program, the PA Farm to School Network, and will include examples of successful farm to school activities and farm to school professional development and funding opportunities.
 
 
 

Professional Standards:
May 5, 2021 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Presenter: Kathryn Novak, Public Health Nutrition Consultant, PDE

Description:

  • This webinar will review hiring standards for new school food service directors, annual training requirements for all school food service employees, recordkeeping and oversight requirements, and professional standards resources.
 
 
 

Wellness Policies:
May 6, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Presenter: Jenny Edmondson, Public Health Nutrition Consultant, PDE

Description:

  • This webinar will explain the required elements of a local school wellness policy, review the recordkeeping and monitoring requirements, and discuss wellness policy resources.
 
 
 
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