Foxborough Finds Fun at Work Using FISH!

Instructor Karen Alarie discusses the 4 components of FISH! philosophy.

Instructor Karen Alarie discusses the 4 components of FISH! philosophy.

Does the word “fun” come to mind when you think of your job? If not, our Finding the Fun at Work with FISH! Workshop to Go helps cultivate creativity, innovation, and fun in the workplace using four simple concepts.

On November 26th, 2019, school nutrition staff members at Foxborough High School gathered to participate in the Finding the Fun at Work with FISH! Workshop to Go presented by Karen Alarie, MEd, SNS from The John C. Stalker Institute. This workshop strives to promote creating passion and engagement in the workplace using the FISH! Philosophy.

Through this workshop, staff members learned how to use the FISH! Philosophy to build an energetic and innovative work environment through three primary objectives:

  1. Recognize the value of being engaged in the workplace.
  2. Identify the 4 practices of the FISH! Philosophy.
    1. Be There
    2. Play
    3. Make Their Day
    4. Choose Your Attitude
  3. Apply each of the 4 FISH! Practices to address issues in the workplace.
Foxborough High School nutrition staff members fill out stinky fish workshop activity.

Foxborough High School nutrition staff members fill out stinky fish workshop activity.

Together, the school nutrition staff members brainstormed ways to cultivate an energetic workplace in their school using methods that fit the FISH! Philosophy. Some suggestions from staff members included thanking and acknowledging polite students,  dancing along to music in the workplace, or holding competitions to invite students to name menu items.

You can read about further experiences with this workshop here. Learn more about how to bring the Finding Fun at Work with FISH! workshop to your school on the JSI website.

Coming in 2020! Back to Basics: Indian Fare

The team of culinary instructors at The John C. Stalker Institute gathered for a test run of the new Back to Basics: Indian Fare Workshop to Go which will be available in early 2020.

JSI Chef Brendan demonstrates key components of new Indian Fare culinary workshop.

JSI Chef Brendan demonstrates key components of new Indian Fare culinary workshop.

Like our other globally-inspired culinary workshops, Indian Fare is designed to spice up your menu with a taste of India and entice your students with a customizable Build-Your-Own Indian dish! This hands-on culinary workshop is designed to advance the culinary skills of school staff and give them the skills and confidence to make delicious recipes, such as tandoori chicken, chana masala, aloo gobi, and much more!

Here is a sneak peek of a few of the new, flavor-filled recipes to be featured in the new Indian Fare workshop.

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Keep an eye out in January for the new professional development brochure which will feature Back to Basics: Indian Fare and other new workshops for 2020! Request a culinary Workshop to Go on the JSI webpage and bring training directly to your staff this school year. Let’s get cooking!

Back to Basics Recipes Now Available Online!

Build Your Own Stir-Fry Bowl Signage

Build Your Own Stir-Fry Bowl Signage

Livening up school menus has just been made simpler with the addition of our Back to Basics Workshops to Go recipes to the JSI website! These student-approved, globally-inspired recipes are standardized and include nutritionals and meal component information. Each set of recipes creates a customizable meal, including a BYO Stir-Fry bowl, Street Taco and Pita Pocket, that your students will love and will fit into your OVS menu.

Would you staff benefit from an extra boost of confidence and culinary skill building? Request one of our Back to Basics culinary Workshops to Go and your staff will be ready to menu these customizable globally-inspired meals. These recipes can be used to freshen up school menus with peach salsa and a build-your-own street taco with the Back to Basics: Latin Cuisine Workshop to Go, feature student favorites such as vegetable stir-fry and chicken teriyaki with the Back to Basics: Asian Fusion Workshop to Go, or introduce new flavors such as tzatziki or shawarma with the Back to Basics: Mediterranean Flavors Workshop to Go.

To help support staff members in executing the new cuisine learned during the Workshops to Go, JSI also offers a Live-Setting Culinary Training which brings the JSI chef back to your school following one of our Back to Basics workshops to guide school nutrition staff during regular production hours. Find more information about requesting a Workshop to Go at your school.

NEW! Coming in early 2020, Back to Basics: Indian Fare Workshop to Go!

School Nutrition Managers Gather for the 2019 Management Institute

Managers and directors from across Massachusetts who attended this year’s Management Institute.

Managers and directors from across Massachusetts who attended this year’s Management Institute.

Massachusetts school nutrition managers gathered together this month to take their management skills to the next level at the Management Institute. This three-day program, which takes place every August, is specifically designed for the professional development needs of school nutrition managers to strengthen their leadership and management skills.

Over the course of three days of hands-on learning, participants were met with highly relevant topics like leadership, financial management, personnel management, communication, marketing, and nutrition. Learning to cultivate positive cultures in the kitchen, managing cost effectiveness, and developing strong communication among team members were some of the key learning points on the agenda.

Here is some of the feedback we received from participants at this year’s Management Institute.

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The cost to attend the Management Institute is $250 per person which covers all workshops, materials along with continental breakfast and lunch each day.

Click here to learn more about past Management Institutes and to keep an eye out for information on next year’s registration.

Improve Leadership and Management Skills through The Management Institute

The summer is a great time to get a jumpstart on 2017-2018 professional development for you and your team. The Management Institute is a three-day program designed specifically for the professional development needs of school nutrition managers to strengthen their leadership and management skills.

This three-day program focuses on topics highly relevant for school nutrition managers including leadership, financial management, personnel management, communication, merchandising and nutrition. Participants learn about creating a positive culture in the lunchroom, how to effectively market food to students and develop strong communication skills to enhance relationships both inside and outside your team.

Leadership presentation from The Management Institute

The program provides 21 hours of interactive learning over the three days from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood, MA. The cost is $250 per person which covers all workshops, materials along with continental breakfast and lunch each day.

An interactive activity aimed at identifying cost control strategies to save food costs in school food programs.

If you’re interested in attending The Management Institute, please register online by August 1st. For additional information or questions, please contact JSI at johnstalker@framingham.edu.