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Local Professionals Selected for USDA's School Nutrition S.T.A.R. Program

Local Professionals Selected for USDA’s school Nutrition S.T.A.R Program.


Oxford, MS, October 10, 2018 - Sixity school nutrition professionals from Kansas were selected to participate in the Institute of Child Nutrition’s (ICN) pilot session for the new School Nutrition S.T.A.R. Program. The S.T.A.R. Program is a unique technical assistance and professional development training to help schools develop goals and best practices to improve program administration and operations.


Tara Daniels, Alicia Hill, and Sheila Cook from the USD 506 were among 60 individuals who traveled to the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS for the 2 ½ day face-to-face workshop. As participants in the program and with support of their district and supervisors, Tara Daniels have made a 12-month commitment to the peer-mentoring program for managers/site level supervisors. They will develop an action plan, follow through with the goals in their action plans, conduct trainings to front-line staff utilizing ICN’s Manager’s corner curriculum series, participate in the virtual instructor-led trainings and webinars.


The School Nutrition S.T.A.R. exclusive certificate and designation will provide an incentive and special recognition for those participants completing all components of the initiative and their action plan goals, as well as conducting a set number of trainings with their staff.


Kansas school nutrition professionals were the first to participate in this new program initiative which will be made available to all states and U.S territories once finalized and released. The S.T.A.R. curriculum was developed collaboratively by the Institute of Child Nutrition and the United States Department of Agriculture.

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