5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Constitution Ballroom | Defining the Future of School-Based Nutrition Education Programs: Using Insights from Education to Optimize Teacher Professional Development

Defining the Future of School-Based Nutrition Education Programs: Using Insights from Education to Optimize Teacher Professional Development

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Saturday, 7/22 | Constitution Ballroom

Moderator: Virginia C. Stage, PhD, RD, LDN
Speakers: Virginia C. Stage, PhD, RDN, LDN; Pamela Koch, EdD, RD, Teachers College; Caroline Dunn, MS, RD, LDN, University of South Carolina; Marissa Burgermaster, PhD, MAEd, Columbia University Medical Center

Schools are an important setting for nutrition education. However, few programs include clearly defined teacher professional development components. This session will prepare participants for meaningful teacher professional development by (1) providing participants with background on past research about the importance of teacher engagement in nutrition education programming, (2) modeling present approaches to teacher professional development in nutrition education programs, and (3) engaging participants in dialogue about applying research from the field of education in developing strategies for future use in effective teacher professional development.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Honoring the past: Participants will be able to describe the importance of teacher professional development in school-based nutrition education programs, and explain the roles that teachers can play in creating effective behavior change among students.
  2. Embracing the present: Participants will be able to summarize strategies that have been used in teacher professional development programs in nutrition education
  3. Defining the future: Participants will be able to analyze concepts from the field of education, consider how they could be applied in their own research and practice, and evaluate these strategies for feasibility and importance.

Session sponsored by the Higher Education Division.