Training and Resources
Upcoming Training Opportunities
New! Montana School Meals Certificate
Montana Team Nutrition is pleased to offer the Montana School Meals Certificate (MSMC). Participating school nutrition professionals will receive a thorough foundation in meal pattern components, weekly dietary specifications, and strategies to achieve compliance with USDA rules through training on food preparation techniques, recipe standardization and crediting, school food forecasting, and procurement. Click here to sign up or learn more about this training program.
2022-2023 School Year Professional Development Schedule
Weekly Wednesday Webinars provide continuing education on a variety of topics including menu planning, direct certification best practices, and alternative meal service, and more.
Check out the Montana OPI School Nutrition Programs Training Schedule for school year 2022-2023.
Harvesting Montana Recipes
Montana Team Nutrition Program and Montana Office of Public Instruction have released six recipes for school nutrition programs as part of the Harvesting Montana Recipes project featuring Montana grown foods— barley, beets, bison, lentils, and sweet cherries. Download the new recipes here!
Roadmap to Building Quality School Meals
Montana Team Nutrition is excited to share this new resource to help school nutrition programs with serving high quality school meals. Learn more about this project and a download a copy of the roadmap.
Montana Cook Fresh Initiative Curriculum Guide
The Montana Cook Fresh Initiative was a training program designed to improve school meal quality and promote scratch cooking. This curriculum guide includes 10 lesson plans developedfor all staffing levels to increase knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy in preparing USDA compliant, scratch cooked meals. It also includes the evaluation package for the initiative, resources for peer education, tips for adapting the lesson plans into various delivery methods, 30 school nutrition recipes and more. Learn more and access the curriculum here.
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.
Additional Professional Development Opportunities
Montana Cook Fresh Leadership Institute
Montana Team Nutrition offers an annual 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. To request a training or technical assistance, please contant Molly Stenberg at [email protected].
Montana Chefs to Schools Network
Connect with outstanding chefs accross Montana to assist in culinary education for both professionals and youth. Please email Molly Stenberg at [email protected] for more information.
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.