Welcome to School Nutrition Foundation’s LEAD to Succeed™ initiative, a training program designed specifically for school nutrition professionals. Working with professors from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, SNF has developed these trainings specifically to address the professional and workforce development needs of school nutrition professionals in the areas of Personnel Management and Communication, Marketing, and Customer Service.
Developed with a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food & Nutrition Service, the LEAD to Succeed™ trainings utilize a variety of instructional formats, including webinars, video, case-studies, and self-paced online modules that can be completed at your own pace. We have also developed in-person training tools to help bring the modules to life in a group setting like district in-service days and state conferences.
Request a LEAD to Succeed Training
Are you an SNA State Association or a State Agency looking to host LEAD training? You can fill out a LEAD training request form to have this training at your future conferences and meetings. Learn more about this process by viewing our FAQ and form.
Meet the Trainers
You can now request LEAD to Succeed™ training for in-person or virtual state agency and/or state affiliate meetings! SNF will pair you with one of our talented trainers to offer one-, two-, three-, and four-hour sessions at your next meeting. Meet our Cadre of Trainers here!
Communication for Impact Series
SNF is developing a high-quality communication and leadership training program for school nutrition professionals, including directors, managers, and frontline staff.
Leadership Growth Series Coming in 2022!
The proposed curriculum includes two series of Communication for Impact Series and a Leadership Growth Series. These will be available online as well as in person training modules. COMING SOON!
L.E.A.D. to Succeed partners include Georgetown University McDonough School of Business (GU), Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN), Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA DESE), National Dairy Council (NDC) and the School Nutrition Association (SNA).
Project Summary and Goals
With the four-year USDA-FNS grant (May 20, 2019 to September 30, 2023), SNF is developing a high- quality communication and leadership training program for school nutrition professionals, including directors, managers, and frontline staff.
The proposed curriculum includes two series:
a 12-hour Communication for Impact Series
a 9-hour Leadership Growth Series
The Goals and Grant Objectives are:
Directors, managers, and staff in school nutrition programs from targeted school districts will improve communication, marketing and customer service skills by participating in the Communication for Impact series.
Directors and managers in school nutrition programs will improve personnel management skills by participating in the Leadership Growth series focusing on leadership, team building, and conflict management skills and practices needed to effectively lead and manage a team.
Engage subject matter experts and school nutrition professionals (SNPs) in designing, pilot testing, and evaluating training program components.
A cadre of trainers will improve the knowledge and skills to provide effective staff training at state conferences around the country by participating in Train the Trainer sessions.
Directors and managers will improve the knowledge and skills to provide effective staff training by participating in Introduction & Principles of Adult Learning
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