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Teaching Food and Nutrition for All

July 8 - 26, 2019

July 8, 2019 - July 26, 2019

Format: Online (asynchronous)

Early Bird Fee (by Mar. 1, 2019): $295

Registration Fee (after Mar. 1, 2019): $395

Group/Team Discount (5 or more): 25% off the registration fee, please contact cps@tc.columbia.edu to register

Registration for this course is available to ALL component districts of any New York State BOCES through Ulster BOCES Instructional Services. Click here to register through Ulster BOCES. BOCES aid is available for all component districts across New York State.

Units Awarded: 2.4 CEUs or 24 clock hours or 24 CTLEs

Teaching food and nutrition might be viewed as the single most important educational activity of a society; if persons do not learn to obtain and consume food so as to sustain themselves and their dependents, all other learnings are irrelevant.

— Dr. Joan Dye Gussow


Overview

What your students eat impacts their concentration and health, as well as social justice and the natural environment. Yet teaching about food and nutrition can seem complicated. This course gives you the tools and confidence to bring this topic to life in your classroom.

What is Teaching Food & Nutrition for All? This course begins by exploring our personal relationships with food, healthy eating, and our memories — good and bad — of school lunch. Then, we investigate the challenges of our current food supply and why education about food and nutrition is essential for today’s students, who will become tomorrow’s adults facing crucial decisions about how we produce and consume food in our changing world. We review enough “nutrition 101” to help you feel comfortable teaching nutrition.

Throughout this course, we demonstrate activities, share resources, and provide curricula for education about food, which can take many forms: school gardens, cooking, science, health, literacy, art, fieldtrips, cafeteria tastings, and more. This course ends with step-by-step guidance for creating your own food and nutrition education plan that will be ready to go for the new school year.

Faculty

Pam Koch

Pam Koch works at the intersection of sustainable food systems and nutrition education. She has written, evaluated, and conducted professional development for several curricula including: the Linking Food and the Environment (LiFE) curriculum series: Growing FoodFarm to Table & Beyond, and Choice, Control & ChangeFood Day School CurriculumIn Defense of Food CurriculumArt & Healthy Living with Studio in a School, and Seed to Platewith GrownNYC. Pam was part of the team who developed the Garden Resource Education and Environment Nexus (GREEN) Tool to create school gardens that are well-integrated into the curriculum and culture. She has led several evaluations including Edible Schoolyard NYC, FoodCorps, Wellness in the Schools, and New York City Food & Fitness Partnership. She is part of the School Food Focus team who is developing Recipes for Food System Change, professional development modules for school food service to procure more sustainable, regional, whole, and healthful foods. Pam contributed to Dr. Isobel’s Contento’s DESIGN Procedure for Nutrition Education. She is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Board of Directors (2014–2017). Pam is part of the Environmental and Sustainable Education working group at Teachers College, is an organizer for the Food & Farm Justice Hub of the 2014 and 2017 People’s Climate March, and has been a member of Roxbury Farm CSA for over 20 years. Pam brings passion, dedication, and her flare for graphic design to all she does.

Who Should Attend

This course is open to anyone who is or wants to teach school students about food and nutrition, whether through formal curriculum or more informally, because of a passion to help our next generation eat well for their bodies and for the planet. The course is open to:

  • K–12 educators (resources and curricula will be shared that are appropriate for elementary, middle, and high school students)
  • Pre-service teachers in undergraduate or graduate programs
  • Anyone working or volunteering with an organization that conduct gardening, cooking or any food and nutrition education in schools, whether during the school day, in after school programs, or at community-based organizations are welcome. This course is open to people who work for government funded programs such as Extension and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Education, as well as for people with non-profit organizations and for-profit organizations.

If you have educated school students about food and nutrition before, or this is a new area for you, everyone will learn evidence-based strategies and best practices (that include gardening and cooking) to inspire students to want to eat well, build practical knowledge and skills that increase confidence and commitment to make healthy food choices, and learn to navigate through our current challenging food environment and advocate for positive change in their community.

Course Outline

Over the three weeks of this course, we will cover five topics through engaging mini-lectures, online activities, readings, assignments and opportunities for participants to discuss and share with each other.

Topic 1: Food for Thought: Reflecting Back and Thinking Ahead

Participants will reflect on their own education about food and nutrition as well as their experiences with school meals. They will think about if these experiences influenced their own food choices. If yes, what was inspired them to want to eat well and why did this education really "connect" to their lives? If not, how come this education fell short of mattering for their own lived experiences and what kind of education would have made an impact?

Topic 2: Why Food and Nutrition Education for All Matters

Teachers learn about that food and nutrition education is essential education for today's children that will be tomorrows adults. Type 2 diabetes and other preventable lifestyle related diseases are on the rise that are decreasing quality of life and increasing health care costs. How our food is grown and processed is affecting climate change and there are ways we can produce enough nourishing food for all that help to mitigate climate change.

Topic 3: Biting into Food and Nutrition Education

Participants "try out" many food and nutrition education activities for students from K-12th grade, choosing activities appropriate for the grades they teach. These activities include gardening-based activities, cooking, analyzing our current food supply, learning about the nutritional content of various foods, and much more. They also learn evidenced-based strategies for how to make food and nutrition education enhance students' intrinsic motivation to so they are excited and empowered to eat well; provide practical knowledge and skills to build their confidence they can eat well; and learn how to navigate our current challenging food environment and how to advocate for positive changes toward more healthy foods being available in their community.

Topic 4: School Meals: Opportunities and Challenges

Teachers learn about our National School meal program and the opportunities and challenges of nourishing students through school meals. They learn why we have the school meals program we have today and exciting initiatives that are transforming school food to provide scratch-cooked, health-promoting school meals and connecting this to what students learn about food and nutrition in the curriculum around the United States and around the world.

Topic 5: Making Food and Nutrition Education Happen in Your Classroom, Your School, Your Community

Finally, participants create their own concrete food and nutrition education plan (lessons, ideas, resources to use, partners to work with) that will be ready to use when school starts.

Helping students to "take a better bite" each and every day.

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