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Smarter Lunchrooms of CA

Webinars and Trainings



SLM Technical Advising Professionals Refresher

This webinar provides a refresher on SLM, SMM, TAPs expectations, and the lunchroom observation process.

The 60 Point Scorecard

Take a deep dive into the scorecard to learn about Smarter Lunchrooms Movement strategies. 

School Food: Too Good to Waste  

Learn how California schools are working to reduce food waste and increase consumption in cafeterias. This webinar covers current laws and best practices schools are implementing to save school food from being wasted.

Introduction to Tray Waste Data Collection

Do you want to dig deeper into understanding what students are actually eating? It’s not nutrition until it is eaten, which is why we invite you to join us on the Technical Advising Professional’s Webinar Introduction to Tray Waste Data Collection Techniques. In this webinar, we will introduce the Quarter-Waste Method which is nearly as precise (90% reliability) as weighing. The method involves a visual estimation of food remaining on a student’s plate or tray.

How to Engage Youth with Smarter Lunchrooms Strategies

Guest speakers discuss how student feedback and engagement activities can be used to promote healthier items in the school cafeteria though implementation of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement. In addition, they share challenges, successes and lessons learned regarding the practical application of Smarter Lunchroom concepts in the Northern and Southern regions of California.

Success Stories from SLM Gurus

Learn how two California school districts, Plumas Lake and Los Angeles Unified, successfully implemented Smarter Lunchrooms strategies. Identify the resources needed to implement and sustain these strategies in your school or district. 


Creating Smarter Lunchrooms: Online Course

This introductory course, created by the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement National Office at Cornell University, provides a solid foundation in the theory of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement. In this course, participants will learn:

  • How and why the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement uses behavioral economics to influence food decisions.
  • The six core principles of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement and how they can be applied to school cafeterias.
  • The four-step path used to implement smarter lunchroom strategies in school cafeterias

Access this online course on eCornell, Cornell University’s online learning platform.

Successful completion of this course will earn you two CEUs from the School Nutrition Association and a certificate of completion. If you are completing this course to become a technical advising professional, please make sure you save the certificate for your records.

Smarter Lunchrooms Movement Technical Advising Professionals Workshop

This workshop provides in-depth, hands-on training to become a certified technical advising professional (TAP) who can provide support and guidance to schools implementing the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement. The workshop will provide:

  • Hands-on instruction for providing technical advising to foodservice staff.
  • Resources and tools to utilize for implementation and evaluation of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement.
  • A guided site visit where TAPs complete a lunchroom observation and provide feedback to foodservice staff at a school site.

If you are interested in becoming a certified TAP, please contact the SLM of California Collaborative at [email protected] to get connected with a TAPs master trainer who can provide a workshop in your region.

Training Materials

No Time to Train

Provide basic training to school foodservice staff with No Time to Train, a set of scripted, customized lessons from the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement National Office. Use the No Time to Train Manual and PowerPoints to engage staff with these turnkey trainings.