AKSNA 52nd Annual Conference Schedule

The 52nd AKSNA Conference will be held January 28-30, 2020 in Anchorage, Alaska with preconference sessions January 27.  Our special keynote presenter is Chef Garrett Berdan.

Chef Garrett has a wealth of experience in school nutrition and will be sharing his tips for creative recipes and kitchen techniques.  Don’t miss this opportunity to be motivated by Chef Garret.

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Conference Schedule

Last updated: 25 November 2019

Monday, 27 January – Preconference

8:15 a.m.Registration Opens
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Nutrition 101: A Taste of Food and Fitness
Laura Thomas MEd, RD, LD, Institute of Child Nutrition
This training provides a basic overview of nutrition with an emphasis on the importance of balance in daily food choices and the inclusion of physical activity as a key component to good health. The training incorporates a variety of learning activities including short physical activity boosters. This course qualifies for SNA core course certification Level 1.
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.ServSafe Certification and Exam
Theresa Wilson, Lake and Peninsula School District
This ServSafe course helps prepare you for the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification exam. Training covers these concepts: the importance of food safety; good personal hygiene; time and temperature control; preventing cross-contamination; cleaning and sanitizing; safe food preparation; receiving and storing food; methods of thawing, cooking, cooling, and reheating food; HACCP, and more. This certification is required by the State of Alaska, Department of Environmental Conservation and the USDA as a basic credential for school nutrition staff.

Tuesday, 28 January

8:15 a.m.Registration Opens
8:30 a.m.Opening Remarks and Introductions
8:45 a.m.Creative Recipes Using USDA Foods
Chef Garrett Berdan
Maximizing USDA Foods requires ongoing planning and forecasting, as well as recipe and menu development. This session offers speed scratch techniques and great recipes using USDA Foods to leverage today’s trendy menu concepts.
10:15 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m.School Nutrition Association and Child Nutrition Program Updates
Jo Dawson, MS, SNS, Child Nutrition Programs
Hear the latest news from SNA on professional development programs, resources to help meet USDA Professional Standards and Child Nutrition Reauthorization. This session will also provide an update on state and national level regulations and policy impacting school programs in Alaska.
11:00 a.m.Get Connected with AKSNA
Gavin M. Northey, Anchorage School District
Trevor Bridgewater, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District
Learn how to take advantage of SNA member benefits to promote your program and grow professionally. Also the new AKSNA website will be presented.
11:30 a.m.Alaska School Nutrition Association Annual Business Meeting
Jo Dawson, MS, SNS, AKSNA President
(Lunch Provided)
1:00 p.m.Legislative Updates
Bethy Whalen, Lower Kuskokwim School District
Jennifer Meiwes, Anchorage School District
Receive the latest updates on what’s happening in Congress on child nutrition programs from AKSNA’s Public Policy & Legislation Committee.
1:30 p.m.Developing Effective Strategies for Workplace Conflict
Rebecca Savidis, The Foraker Group
Come and participate in an interactive session on ways to approach conflict in the workplace. Whether you are a supervisor that needs to address a missed expectation with an employee, or you’re in need of resolving a dispute with a colleague, this session will provide tools to help you navigate conflict. In this session, you will learn; the foundation of effective communication, principles of alternative dispute resolution, and tips to resolve conflict.
3:00 p.m.Break
3:15 p.m.Become a Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program Rock Star – Tips and Tricks to Have a Successful Program
Leon Wallace, Kodiak Island School District
Trevor Bridgewater, Fairbanks North Star School District
Sande Ponte, Cordova School District
This session will include a panel of FFVP coordinators that will share their tips and tricks to run a successful FFVP.
3:45 p.m.USDA Foods- Annual Survey Updates
Sue Lampert, Child Nutrition Programs
This session will provide a quick overview on the USDA Foods (commodities) annual ordering process referred to as “the annual survey”.
4:15 p.m.Closing and Dismissal

Wednesday, 29 January

8:15 a.m.Registration Opens
8:30 a.m.Opening Remarks and Introductions
8:45 a.m.Top Chef – Skills from the Field
Chef Garrett Berdan
Chef Garrett will share his top tips on garnishing, kitchen hacks, and how to spice up your recipes by utilizing herbs and spices.
10:15 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m.Is Processing USDA Foods a Good Fit?
Jesse Podratz, Schwan’s Food Service, Inc.
This session will help you understand and maximize the USDA Foods Processing program utilizing existing tools and information that is available to you.
11:30 a.m.Lunch on Your Own
1:00 p.m.Paper or Plastic?
Gavin M. Northey, Anchorage School District
Learn ways to evaluate the use of paper over plastic trays and other changes you can make to keep your program financially solid
1:30 p.m.Reducing Food Waste in Schools
Ytamar Rodriguez, Division of Environmental Health, Food Safety and Sanitation Program
During this session, DEH will discuss food safety concerns when using a food share table in schools.
2:30 p.m.How to Manage Your Food Service Management Company (FSMC) Contract
Elizabeth Seitz, Child Nutrition Programs
Bethy Whalen, Lower Yukon School District
Cassee Olin, Sitka School District
In this session the Who, What, When, and Where of using a Food Service Management Company in your child nutrition program will be discussed by a panel of school districts who currently have contracts with a FSMC.
3:00 p.m.Break
3:15 p.m.Meal Tracking Systems – Old School or New Technology?
Carol Weakly, Titan School Solutions
Is it time to upgrade your meal tracking system and point of sale? Learn what technology can do to streamline meal tracking and reporting and increase efficiency at the point of sale. Learn what options are available to bring you into the future.
4:15 p.m. Closing and Dismissal
6:00 p.m.AKSNA Banquet at BP Center

Thursday, January 30

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Field Trips
DiTomaso’s Produce
Taco Loco
Shuttle Service Provided to Field Trip Locations and then onto Egan Center. No shuttle service from hotel to Egan in the morning.
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Vendor Show – Egan Center
A chance to check out new products and equipment for your nutrition program.
Sample the USDA Processed Foods end products that are being offered for SY20-21
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. USDA Foods Advisory Council Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the USDA Foods Advisory Council. Tasting of new processed end products that are currently being considered for SY20-21.
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.Shuttle Schedule
9:00 a.m. – Pick up at Marriott Residence Inn for Field Trips
9:10 a.m. – Drop off at Taco Loco
9:25 a.m. – Drop off at DiTomaso’s
10:30 a.m. – Pick up at Taco Loco
10:45 a.m. – Pick up at DiTomaso’s
11:00 a.m. – Drop off at Egan Center
2:00 p.m. – Pick up at Egan Center return to Marriott Residence Inn