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Colorado Department of Education Professional Development

The School Nutrition Unit offers online, in-person and webinar trainings to increase school nutrition professionals’ skills and knowledge in operating child nutrition programs. These trainings provide USDA Professional Standards hours and count as Continuing Education Units (CEU) for the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credential. Please contact, Alicia Grove, at or 720-795-2038, for questions about School Nutrition training offerings and any accessibility needs.

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Online Trainings

On demand professional development opportunities

These resources are self-paced and can include online learning modules, archived webinar recordings, and more. They are also mobile accessible.

In Person Trainings

Upcoming professional development opportunities

These opportunities are scheduled in-person trainings hosted by CDE School Nutrition.

Upcoming Webinars 

On the Menu Monthly Calls

  • Join the August call- Thursday, August 26, from 2 to 3 p.m.

  • General Information

    • Held the fourth Thursday of each month from 2-3 p.m. MST
    • Stay tuned for registration information
    • Topics are determined monthly based on School Food Authority/sponsor requests
    • Complete this online form to submit topics for discussion


Recorded Webinars

On the Menu Calls

Colorado School Nutrition Unit and Nourish Colorado Meal Quality Trainings

  • Meal Quality Training #1: Participants review food safety during COVID-19, identify and build communication and marketing strategies, and learn new ways to set teams up for success through partnerships, equipment, and meal prep ideas
    • Recorded on Sept. 30, 2020
    • Click here to download the training certificate
  • Meal Quality Training #2: Participants learn to evaluate varying presentation techniques, ideas for special diets, and best practices to efficiently assemble meals
    • Recorded on Dec. 2, 2020
    • Click here to download the training certificate
  • Meal Quality Training #3: Creating efficiencies and taking care of your future self. 
    • Recorded on Feb. 24, 2021
    • Click here to download the training certificate.
  • Meal Quality Training #4: Participants learn more about time management plus culinary techniques and recipes, all designed to help you use up products in your inventory 
    • Recorded on April 21, 2021
    • Click here to download the training certificate. 

Other Webinars: 

October 1 Count/Free Lunch Webinar Recording

  • Participants learn about October count submission and the importance of reporting free lunch eligibility accurately.
    • Recorded on Sept. 16, 2020.

Please contact Alicia Grove for mobile-friendly versions of the recorded webinars. 

Training Requests

CDE School Nutrition offers training and technical assistance outside of announced and regional trainings. Complete and submit the Training and Technical Assistance Request Form and School Nutrition staff will follow-up with your request.