The John C. Stalker Institute
of Food and Nutrition

at Framingham State University

Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs Summit

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition.

Healthy Kids

May 24 & 25, 2016

Four Points by Sheraton
1125 Boston Providence Turnpike
Norwood, MA

Join school nutrition directors and business managers from across the Commonwealth for this two-day summit aimed at promoting healthy students and healthy school nutrition programs. We encourage you to register for both days and earn up to six hours of professional development each day. The SNA of Massachusetts Reception will follow immediately after the Summit on May 24 — be sure to register!

Registration closed
Cost: $60 per day or $100 for both days

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Schedule at a Glance

  May 24 May 25
7:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.


Robert Leshin, Acting Director, Office for Nutrition, Health and Safety
Karen McGrail, Director, The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition


Mitchell D. Chester EdD, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
8:30 a.m.

Leading Engagement: Transforming Your Human Capital One Employee at a Time

Lori Coakley, PhD

Why is employee engagement creating such buzz in the business world? What is employee engagement, and are your employees engaged? How can you lead this transformation and capitalize on your employees' potential, one employee at a time?
Suggested Learning Codes: 3210, 3440

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Successful School Meals: Strategies to Increase Selection and Consumption

Juliana Cohen, ScM, ScD

What does the latest research reveal about how to successfully increase selection and consumption of healthier school meals? Learn about Smarter Lunchrooms techniques, collaborations with professional chefs, best practices from successful schools and connections between school meals and the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Suggested Learning Codes: 1310, 3230, 4160

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9:45 a.m.

Breakout SessionsResource Tables 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

12:15 p.m.

Buffet Lunch

12:45 p.m.

Leadership in the Kitchen: Moving Towards a Culture of Ongoing Learning

Gloria A. Santa Anna, Sonia Lindop, Sarah Kahando, and Jacob Carter

In a fast paced environment where your attention is divided in many directions, sometimes the development of kitchen staff as a team is left behind. As the leader of your school nutrition team, discover theoretical concepts and practical tools to move towards a culture of ongoing learning, trust and healthy communication.
Suggested Learning Codes: 3210, 3430, 4140

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News You Can Use and Recognition Ceremony

Aleshia Hall-Campbell, Acting Executive Director, Institute of Child Nutrition
Robert Leshin, Acting Director, Office for Nutrition, Health and Safety
Suggested Learning Codes: 3200, 3230, 3260

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2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

SNA of Massachusetts Reception

May 24th from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Unwind after a full day of professional development! Relax with your peers and vendors while enjoying a variety of appetizers in the ballroom of the Four Points by Sheraton. Participate in a scavenger hunt designed to help you learn about available products and services. Get fun facts about your vendors and school nutrition. This is networking at its best. Cost is $20 and registration is required.

Breakout Sessions

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Learn to build, maintain, and sustain partnerships to strengthen your school nutrition program.
  May 24 May 25
9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Partnerships to Strengthen Your Wellness Advisory Committee and Policies

Linda Fischer, DESE
Panel includes:

  • Wellness Policy - Jill Carter, Executive Director, Boston Public Schools Health & Wellness Department
  • Shape Up Somerville - Lauren Mancini, RD SNS, School Nutrition Director, Somerville Public Schools and Lisa Robinson, MPH RD, Shape Up Somerville Director, City of Somerville Health and Human Services Department

Suggested Learning Codes: 3230, 4150

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Partnerships to Improve School Meal Quality

Panel includes:

  • Chefs in Schools - Justine Kahn, Director of Food Education and Policy, Project Bread
  • Chefs Move to Schools - Aleshia Hall-Campbell, PhD MPh, Acting Executive Director, Institute of Child Nutrition, The University of Mississippi
  • Massachusetts Farm to School - Simca Horowitz, Eastern MA Program Director
  • Massachusetts Horticultural Society - Hanna Traggis, Seed-to-Table Educator

Suggested Learning Codes: 1130, 1230

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Partnerships to Improve Student Health and Promote Your School Nutrition Program

Panel includes:

  • Blackstone Afterschool Cooking Club - Jeanne Sheridan, School Nutrition Director, Blackstone Millville Regional School District and Rachel Oliveira, Cook, Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School, Blackstone, MA, Download presentation
  • UMass Extension - Andrea Gulezian, MEd RD LDN, Project Leader, SNAP-Ed, Southeast Region, UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program and Amy Branham, MS RD LDN, SNAP-Ed Multi-Level Specialist, UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program
  • Child Obesity 180/Billion Mile Race - Daniel Schultz, RD, Project Administrator, Download presentation
  • Playworks - Jon Gay, Interim Executive Director

Suggested Learning Codes: 3230, 4120

Partnerships to Increase Your Program Funding

Panel includes:

  • New England Dairy & Food Council - Diane Krol, RD LDN, Nutrition Specialist Download presentation
  • Springfield Public Schools - Timothy Gray, School Nutrition Director and Mark Jeffrey, District Manager
  • Child Nutrition Outreach Program - Rachel Garside, Outreach Coordinator
  • The Eos Foundation - Christy Mach Dubé, Director
  • Salem Public Schools - Deb Jeffers, School Nutrition Director
  • Action for Healthy Kids - Jenny Rawn, MS MPH RD, Massachusetts State Coordinator

Suggested Learning Codes: 3230, 4120

Procurement Discover strategies to maximize resources within your school nutrition program, strengthen your regulatory knowledge, and explore best practices in procurement.
  May 24 May 25
9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Procurement: The 30,000 Foot View

Pete McLoughlin, DESE
Suggested Learning Code: 2430

The Procurement Process: Planning, Awarding, Monitoring

Suggested Learning Codes: 2430, 3220

Local Procurement: Farm to School

Presented by Danielle Fleury, USDA
Suggested Learning Codes: 1130, 2430

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Food Processor Procurement for USDA Foods

Marion Browning, DESE
Suggested Learning Codes: 1170, 2430
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Procurement Process (continued)

Suggested Learning Codes: 2430, 3220

Food Service Management Companies Procurement

Bridget Ziniti, DESE
Suggested Learning Code: 2460

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Food Collaboratives and Cooperatives - Are They Right for You?

Suggested Learning Code: 2450

The Procurement Review - What to Expect

Pete McLoughlin, DESE
Suggested Learning Code: 3260

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Building Human Capital Discover strategies to enhance employee engagement and promote effective communication in the workplace. Refresh your awareness of civil rights and the application to school nutrition. Explore strategies to engage employees in professional standards.
  May 24 May 25
9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Building Employee Engagement and Fostering Effective Communication

Lori Coakley, PhD,
Professor of Management at Bryant University
Dive deeper into employee engagement with Lori as she builds off of her morning presentation. Learn simple techniques to improve employee engagement and discover your employees' triggers, strengths and desired competencies. Build a personal employee plan to enhance and sustain engagement.
Suggested Learning Codes: 3210, 3440, 4140

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Civil Rights - What You Need to Know

Stephen V. Miliano
Civil Rights Director, Northeast Regional Office USDA Food and Nutrition Service
An interactive Civil Rights training session addressing Federal policy requirements and expectations of and for State and Local agencies. Topics will include public notification and outreach, civil rights complaints and processes, and program accessibility for individuals with disabilities, including food sensitivities.
Suggested Learning Code: 3420

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2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Building Human Capital through Professional Standards

Holly Alperin and Sally Teixeira, DESE
Take a deeper look into the new Professional Standards regulation to enhance your understanding and explore strategies for engaging employees to meet the regulation through professional growth.
Suggested Learning Codes: 3430, 3440

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Click here to view the agenda and handouts from 2015's Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs Summit.