Professional Development Resources
Montana Crunch Time: October 20th, 2021
Montana Crunch Time is a statewide event to celebrate National Farm to School Month in Montana by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples in October.
Montana Crunch Time 2021 will be held on October 20th. Register your crunch by October 31st to help Montana win the Mountain Plains Regional Crunch Off.
2021-2022 School Year Professional Development Schedule
Weekly Wednesday Webinars provide continuing education on a variety of topics including menu planning, direct certification best practices, Smarter Lunchrooms and alternative meal service, and more. A monthly School Nutrition Program (SNP) update and chat occurs the first Thursday of each month.
Check out the Montana OPI School Nutrition Programs Training Schedule for school year 2021-2022
School Food Service Director Resources
Professional Development Handbook
Learn how to enhance your professional credentials by consulting the Montana School Nutrition Programs Professional Development Handbook.
Job Description Templates
Job Description Templates are also available for School Food Service Directors that can be downloaded and customized to meet the needs of your program.
Montana Cook Fresh Leadership Institute
Montana Team Nutrition offers a weeklong professional development workshop for directors, managers, or head cooks to enhance school food service management and culinary skills. For more information, visit the Montana Cook Fresh Leadership Institute page.
Montana School Food Service Peer Educator Network Directory
Obtain training and network with your peers throughout the state. Access the contact list of peer educators to request a training or technical assistance today.
Montana Chefs to Schools Network
Connect with outstanding chefs accross Montana to assist in culinary education for both professionals and youth. Access the contact list to schedule a chef visit or consultation today.
Montana Farm to School
Interested in Farm to School opportunities? Check out upcoming Montana Farm to School opportunities on theFarm to School Trainings and Events Page.
OPI Professional Standards & Trainings
Visit the Montana Office of Public Instruction's Professional Standards and Trainings page for more professional development opportunities.
Montana School Nutrition Association
MTSNA holds an annual conference that provides three days of professional development, training, and opportunity to network with peers. For more information, visit the Montana School Nutrition Association at www.mtsna.org.
Institute of Child Nutrition Professional Development Opportunities
Choose from a variety of online trainings including S.T.A.R Nutrition Webinars and more on the ICNWebsite.
USDA School Nutrition Professional Standards
Explore the United States Department of Agriculture School Nutrition Professionals Standards.
Safe Food Handling Resources
- Use this Certified Food Protection Manager Resource to find both in-person and online options for approved training programs in Montana.
- Summary Chart of online Certified Food Protection Manager options developed by Nina Heinzinger, MT DPHHS, Food and Consumer Safety Division.
Online Professional Development Opportunities
Use this list of Online Professional Development Opportunities to find free recorded trainings on a variety of nutrition topics for completing your Professional Standards hours. Download and complete this “fill in the blank” Certificate of Participation for each training you attend.