Call for Proposals is Now Open!

Share your expertise! Submit an education sessional proposal

SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) is the premiere conference for K-12 school nutrition professionals. School nutrition experts from across the country are encouraged to submit an educational session proposal. 

This year's theme, "Reaching Higher," calls for attendees to find new ways to experiment, learn, innovate and collaborate to reach new heights.

At #ANC23, you'll enjoy an inclusive environment focused on learning that leaves participants with key takeaways to take back to their school nutrition programs and organizations with confidence.  

We are excited to see your imagination take flight with innovative approaches and dynamic ideas that attendees can learn from, create, and replicate. If you are interested in submitting an educational session proposal, review the important information below. 

Research Posters Discontinued 

SNA has discontinued the research and best practices showcase due to lack of submissions. Instead, we encourage researchers to submit their original research to the Journal of Child Nutrition & Management for publication. We also encourage researchers and those interested in their research to attend the College Section meeting at ANC23, which will be research-focused and likely feature presentations by published Journal of Child Nutrition & Management authors. 

Please use the resources below to help you prepare your best possible submission. SNA is looking for dynamic presentations in the following session formats:

(2 Types)

Ideas@Work Sessions: These 30-minute, fast-paced sessions are focused on singular innovations and intended to inspire innovation through peer-to-peer learning and engagement. Speakers should be prepared to help attendees replicate their successes by walking through one innovation from concept to implementation and share how attendees could apply the idea to their school nutrition programs. SNA will provide a template for the presentation. In your proposal:

    • Plan to include practical ideas and takeaways so that participants can implement the ideas in their districts
    • Provide examples of the types of templates that will be shared in the presentation.
    • Limit speakers to one to two per session.
    • Allow about 10 minutes for Q&A.

Sessions are set theater-style and typically accommodate 150-600 attendees per session.

Examples of Ideas@Work sessions from prior conferences are available here.

Learning Bursts: These 30-minute sessions are designed to share quick and practical takeaways. This can include synthesizing practical information, ideas that inspire, or research-based school nutrition topics. Designed for shorter attention spans and curious minds, the requirements for these sessions are:

  • A main theme of discussion.
  • Examples of research or articles that will be referenced in the presentation.
  • Maximum of 1 speaker per session.
  • Allow about 10 minutes for Q&A.

Sessions are set theater-style and typically accommodate 150-600 attendees per session.

Examples of Learning Burst sessions from prior conferences are available here.

(3 Types)

60-Minute Education Sessions: Facilitator-led. Participants brainstorm ideas and learn from each other. The goal is to take back practical solutions on hot topics and challenges in school nutrition. The requirements for these sessions are as follows:

  • Discussion-based and highly interactive. The session is led by a facilitator who must have expertise in the session topic. No PowerPoint slides may be used; however, facilitator can bring handouts (or handout can be uploaded to the conference app).
  • Sessions feature polling, Q&A and other approaches that help crowdsource audience insights. This enables attendees to share their opinions, which drives engagement.
  • Attendees are expected to actively participate in the interactive discussions, group exercises and/or hands-on learning experiences.
  • Sessions are set in rounds and typically accommodate 90-200 attendees per session.

60-Minute Presentations with Q&A:  A blend of lecture-based instruction, case studies, peer learning and interaction. The requirements for these sessions are as follows:

  • One to two speakers per session with demonstrated expertise in the subject area presented.
  • Include practical ideas and takeaways so that participants can implement the ideas in their districts.
  • Include a brief question and answer period within the 60-minute presentation.
  • Describe ways you will engage audience in the session.
  • Sessions are set theater-style and typically accommodate 150-600 attendees per session.

60-Minute Panel Discussions: These sessions feature an experienced moderator, leading a discussion with a panel of experts. Preference is given to proposals with panelists and experts from different sized districts, state agencies, allied organizations, industries or companies who come prepared with short presentations to enhance the learning. Please include practical ideas and takeaways so that participants can implement the ideas in their districts. The requirements for these sessions are as follows:

  • Maximum of three speakers/panelists per session and one experienced moderator.
  • Include a brief question-and-answer period within the 60-minute presentation.
  • Note to industry representatives: when submitting a proposal, please identify the school nutrition operators who will be speaking on the panel.
  • Sessions are set theater-style and typically accommodate 150-600 attendees per session.


2-Hour “Express” Pre-Conference Workshops: To allow for deeper dives on specific topics. The requirements for these pre-conference sessions are as follows:

  • Discussion-based. The session is led by a facilitator and attendees are expected to actively participate in discussion, learn from each other and from the facilitator(s).
  • Preference is given to sessions that do not include a traditional PowerPoint presentation. Instead, handouts (which can be uploaded to the conference app) or flip charts may be used.
  • Attendees can be encouraged to bring their own devices. In the proposal, please indicate if this component is critical to the session.
  • One to two facilitators per session.
  • Sessions are set in round tables and typically accommodate 50 to 100 attendees per session.

Speaker Information

  • Speakers agree to be available on any day that SNA assigns the session.
  • Speakers do not need to be SNA members; however, if a proposal is accepted ALL speakers must register as conference attendees.
    • If the speaker plans to attend the conference only on the day of their presentation, they will be given complimentary registration only for the day of the presentation. Complimentary registration is non-transferable.
    • If the proposal is accepted and speakers plan to attend the full conference, they will receive the early bird price for their registration, as well as early access to registration and housing.
    • SNA does not provide speaker fees or travel expense reimbursement for pre-conference session and education session speakers.
    • SNA may provide honorarium for specific *approved* non-governmental agency pre-conference session speakers. The honorarium for the pre-conference session speaker is based on the number of hours for the session.
    • Speakers are expected to make their own travel arrangements unless otherwise mutually agreed upon in writing.
  • Exhibitors who are also speakers should note that SNA will make every effort not to schedule your session during Directors-Only exhibit hours. However, due to the evolving nature of the schedule, we cannot guarantee that your session will not be scheduled during these hours.
  • Please note: Pre-Conference and Education Sessions are NOT to be used as a sales or promotional platform for any speaker’s company, products, or services. SNA reserves the right to halt speakers from this practice if the situation arises during their presentation.

Experience has proven that participation in SNA’s ANC programming has often provided exposure for speakers garnishing future speaking engagements, particularly with SNA state affiliates.

The Submission Process

Proposals must be submitted online by 11:59 pm ET on November 4, 2022, to be considered.

The individual submitting the proposal is considered the Point of Contact (POC). *The POC must provide contact information for ALL speakers, including name, address, phone number and email address, headshots, bios, and signed speaker agreement packets. The primary contact will be notified of the committee’s decision by February 2023. View the ANC 2023 Speaker Agreement Packet.

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Helpful Hints Before You Begin

Proposals should focus on one of the following key areas:

1. Nutrition 2. Operations 3. Administration   4. Communications & Marketing.

It is strongly encouraged that proposal submitters review the list and consider the topics listed prior to starting the application. View the ANC 2023 Preferred Topics List.

How will sessions be evaluated?

To ensure high-quality presentations, a volunteer committee representing SNA’s various member segments, in addition to a panel of subject matter experts, develop and identify timely topics based on the training needs of SNA members and emerging trends in school nutrition.

To guarantee conference program content that is relevant and targets the attendees’ needs, the committee and subject matter experts review and rate proposals. In addition to looking for sessions on timely topics, program evaluators are looking for speakers’ subject matter expertise on the topic being presented, innovative approaches that have been tried and tested, practical applications, and audience engagement.

The committee may supplement programming by inviting speakers to address specific topics as identified.

Submission Timeline

September 16, 2022ANC 2023 Online Call for Proposals Open
November 4, 2022ANC 2023 Online Call for Proposals Closes  at 11:59 p.m. ET 
February 3, 2023Proposal submitters notified of program status: accepted, pending or declined
February 10, 2023 Completed and signed speaker packets are due
March 10, 2023The session speakers will be notified of the session date and time
April 7, 2023 Speaker registration forms are due
June 2023Webinar specifically for speakers (exact date TBA)
June 8, 2023Session PowerPoint presentations due
July 9-11, 2023 SNA’s 2022 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Denver, CO

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