Hey, y’all—it’s almost time for ANC 2016 in San Antonio! We are excited to travel to Texas for this year’s Annual National Conference, where the Partners for BIC will once again present an education session on breakfast-in-the-classroom. We hope you’ll join us on Tuesday, July 12 for our Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom education roundtable: “A CN Director, a Teacher, and a Principal Walk Into a Bar: A Discussion with the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom.” The session begins bright and early at 8:45 a.m., so don’t forget to eat breakfast!
If breakfast-in-the-classroom is your passion program, the education session lineup at ANC is packed with great options to help you implement a new program, or grow an existing one. We have a few suggestions for sessions based on frequently asked questions about school breakfast.
You’re interested in: Community Eligibility Provision
There are several CEP sessions on the ANC 2016 schedule. CEP and BIC are a great fit; many of our PBIC-funded districts have paired their grant with CEP status to great success; Butts County, Georgia, Clarke County, Alabama, and Houston County, Georgia, to name a few.
- Sunday, July 10: “CEP: Is it Right for Your District?” at 1 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 13: “CEP: Partial Participation Can Work!” at 1:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 13: “CEP: Best Practices for Success: at 2:45 p.m.
You’re interested in: Improving Participation through Marketing
If you’re seeking new strategies for marketing and customer engagement, you’re going to have a tough choice! There are no fewer than fourteen sessions on marketing to choose from, but we think the following education sessions are especially worth considering for those seeking to market breakfast, specifically:
- Sunday, July 10: “Surefire Strategies to Promote Your Program” at 1 p.m. with Dayle Hayes of School Meals That Rock and Kern Halls
- Monday, July 11: “Use Your #SocialMedia Savvy to Take the 2017 #SchoolBreakfastChallenge” at 2:15 p.m. with Dayle Hayes and marketing expert Dave Grotto AND “Small Districts Can Do Great Marketing” at 3:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 12: “Tempting Teens to Eat School Breakfast” at 8:45 a.m. AND “How to Feed the Teenage Brain” at 2:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 13: “Gold Standard Marketing” at 1:30 p.m.
You’re interested in: Addressing Concerns about Food Allergies
There are five Food Allergy education sessions to choose from, including:
- Monday, July 11: “Building the ‘A’ Team: Engaging your School in Food Allergy Management” at 2:15 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 12: “Be Aware, Don’t Scare: Better Food Allergy Management” at 2:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 13: “Food Allergy Management in Large Urban School Districts” at 2:45 p.m.
You’re interested in: Reducing Waste
Waste is a commonly-cited concern when discussing breakfast-in-the-classroom with stakeholders. Check out these sessions, dedicated to reducing waste:
- Sunday, July 10: “Go Green and Save $$$” at 9:15 a.m.
- Monday, July 11: “Say “No Thank You” to Wasted Food at 2:15 p.m. will feature lessons learned in Des Moines Public Schools (Iowa), one of the first districts funded through Partners for BIC
Also recommended …
A few other sessions caught our eye while we were building our conference schedule. The following sessions may also hold valuable information for BIC fans:
- Sunday, July 10: “Mobile Serving 2.0: Beyond the Cafeteria” at 9:15 a.m. AND “The ‘View’ on Vending at 2 p.m.
- Monday, July 11: “Unscrambling Offer vs. Serve” at 3:30 p.m.