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Leading Successful Professional Development Workshops for Lunchroom Staff

Join Erin Sharp, MS, MAT, Curriculum Designer for the Smarter Lunchrooms National Office, as she shares tips for designing, preparing for, and delivering effective professional development workshops for lunchroom staff. She will also review information on the USDA’s Professional Standards for School Nutrition Professionals and how the Smarter Lunchrooms No Time to Train workshops and other materials can satisfy those training requirements.

Learning Objectives:     Participants will learn...

• Strategies for planning engaging, organized, timely workshops
• Strategies for setting up an effective learning space
• Strategies for delivering effective, student-centered instruction
• The professional development requirements related to the USDA’s Professional Standards for School Nutrition Professionals
• How Smarter Lunchrooms resources can satisfy professional development requirements

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About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

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