Training: Essentials for School Nutrition

Training Videos for School Nutrition Programs

The following videos are available on the MDE website for anytime training. These videos do not include a certificate. You may print the initial webpage and document the date/time of viewing for Professional Standards training tracking. Complete training modules are available in the Essentials for School Nutrition modules.

Meal Access and Reimbursement

Verification Process for School Nutrition Programs (31 minutes)

School Nutrition Programs must annually verify household documentation provided and Applications for Education Benefits. This video walks through the Verification Process for School Nutrition Programs.

Nutritional Quality and Meal Pattern

Labels, labels, labels (15 minutes)

Several types of labels must be maintained by school nutrition program operators to validate that meals served meet program requirements. This presentation provides specific details about the types of labels to keep on file. Key Area: Operations. Learning Code: 2150

Food Production Record Basics for School Nutrition (27 minutes)

The why, what, where and when of this required documentation for school meals programs is covered in this presentation. A variety of food production records formats are presented and the basic layout of a food production record is described.

Offer vs Serve for Breakfast (12 minutes)

This video presentation covers the Offer versus Serve option for breakfast school nutrition programs. Meal planning requirements are reviewed and the basics of Offer versus Serve are described. Example meals with student selections will test your knowledge of Offer versus Serve requirements.

Offer vs Serve for Lunch
(22 minutes)

This video presentation covers the Offer versus Serve option for lunch school nutrition programs. Meal planning requirements are reviewed and the basics of Offer versus Serve are described. Example meals with student selections will test your knowledge of Offer versus Serve requirements.

Special Diets Request in School Nutrition Programs (24 minutes)

This video provides an overview of special diet requirements students requesting menu modifications in School Nutrition Programs.

Smart Snacks

Smart Snacks Training (15 minutes)

In this module you will get a basic overview of the USDA Smart Snacks in School regulation, including where and when the regulations apply. The training also covers next steps you can take to ensure compliance within your school.

Smart Snacks Regulations (28 minutes)
 

In this lesson you will get a basic overview of the USDA Smart Snacks in School regulation, including where and when the regulations apply. The training also covers next steps you can take to ensure compliance within your school. Key Area: Administration, Learning Code: 3230

Smart Snacks Recipe Readiness (33 minutes)

In this lesson you will learn when a recipe analysis is required when determining whether or not a food or beverage is compliant with USDA Smart Snack regulations. It will also walk you through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Smart Snack Analyzer Tool, which can be used to complete the required recipe analysis. Key Area: Administration, Learning Code: 3230

Food Safety

Share Tables in School Nutrition (16 minutes) 

This video provides an overview of the use of share tables in School Nutrition Programs as a method to reduce waste.

Administrative Review Process

Completing the School Nutrition Program Administrative Review Off-Site Forms (6 minutes)

This six-minute video describes the process of completing School Nutrition Program administrative review off-site forms in the Colyar online system. Download Colyar Administrative Review Access and Off-Site Instructions.

Completing the Corrective Action Documents (CAD) for the School Nutrition Program Administrative Review (6 minutes)

This six-minute video describes the process of completing School Nutrition Program administrative review corrective action documents (CAD) in the Colyar online system.

Administrative Review Overview

Overview of Administrative Review Process (10 minutes)

This video provides an overview of the School Nutrition Program Administrative Review process.

Overview of Administrative Review Content: Meal Access and Reimbursement (8 minutes)

This video provides an overview of the School Nutrition Programs meal access and reimbursement content that will be covered during an administrative review.

Overview of Administrative Review Content: Nutritional Quality and Meal Pattern (9 minutes)

This video provides an overview of the School Nutrition Programs nutritional quality and meal pattern content that will be covered during an administrative review.

Overview of Administrative Review Content: General Program Areas (9 minutes)

This video provides an overview of the School Nutrition Programs general program area content that will be covered during an administrative review.

Overview of Administrative Review Content: Other Nutrition Programs for Schools (5 minutes)

This video provides an overview of the School Nutrition Programs other nutrition programs for schools content that will be covered during an administrative review.

Community Eligibility Program

Community Eligibility Provision Overview and Application Process (11 minutes)

This video provides an overview of the basics of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) including eligibility requirements, financial implications, as well as application instructions.

Community Eligibility Provision Implementation (24 minutes)

This video provides an overview of the steps required to effectively implement the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). This will be most beneficial for those sponsors who are newly approved for CEP and those currently participating in CEP.

Breakfast Program Marketing

Ideas for Your School Breakfast Menu (11 minutes)

This module reviews hot and cold menu ideas for different service models. Resources for recipes and menus are also shared.

Expanding School Breakfast Service Options (12 minutes)

This modules explains how to expand service options to increase participation in the school breakfast program. Benefits and considerations for each service model are discussed.

The Smarter Lunchroom Movement: Getting Started (10 minutes)

Gain a basic understanding of the Smarter Lunchroom Movement. Learn the principles you can implement in your cafeteria, and find resources to help you plan a smarter lunchroom makeover.

Tips for Marketing Your School Breakfast Program (14 minutes)

This module reviews ways to engage students and parents, provides an overview of Smarter Lunchroom principles for the school breakfast program, and explains where to find additional resources.

New Sponsors

Deciding to Participate (24 minutes)

This presentation will help prospective new school nutrition program operators make an informed decision about participating in these meal programs.

Meal Benefit Eligibility Basics (30 minutes)

This video provides new school nutrition sponsors with an overview of the process for approving students for meal benefits to assist with establishing a process for benefit approval.

Basic Meal Pattern Requirements (30 minutes)

Food components and meal patterns for the three main meal service programs are presented in this video.

Food Safety and Staffing Needs (30 minutes)

New school nutrition programs must meet specific food safety and staffing requirements. This presentation provides basic information for ensuring meals are served in a safe place and new programs have an adequate staffing plan to operate school nutrition programs.

Professional Standards-Hiring Standards for New School Nutrition Directors (12 minutes)

Staff serving as the School Nutrition Director must meet specific education and experience requirements. This short video covers the hiring standards for new school nutrition directors.

Other Programs

Afterschool Snack Program Basics (20 minutes)

School nutrition programs offering afterschool enrichment and educational program can provide snacks to participants of those programs. Afterschool snack program requirements are presented in this video. Key Areas: Nutrition, Operations. Learning Codes: 1100, 2100