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ERIC Number: EJ907957
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1559-5676
Best Practices for Serving Students with Special Food and/or Nutrition Needs in School Nutrition Programs
Castillo, Alexandra; Carr, Deborah; Nettles, Mary Frances
Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, v34 n2 Fall 2010
Purpose/Objectives: The purpose of this research project was to identify goals and establish best practices for school nutrition (SN) programs that serve students with special food and/or nutrition needs based on the four practice categories identified in previous National Food Service Management Institute, Applied Research Division (NFSMI, ARD) research. Methods: Researchers followed a best practices research model methodology to identify and establish best practices and goals. In Phase I, an expert panel of SN professionals and a school nurse identified goal themes and best practice statements, grouped similar statements within the four practice categories, and provided formatting suggestions for the best practice resource. In Phase II, a national review panel evaluated the best practice statements, goal statements, and draft resource. Panel members provided feedback on the content, scales, format, and usefulness of the resource as a self-assessment tool for SN professionals. Results: Using recommendations from two expert panels, the practice categories, goal statements, and best practice statements were formatted into a Web-based self-assessment tool for SN professionals. The final resource consists of eight goals and 137 best practice statements within four practice categories. Applications to Child Nutrition Professionals: The "NFSMI Best Practices for Serving Students with Special Food and/or Nutrition Needs in School Nutrition Programs" is a self-assessment tool for SN professionals to assess their operation based on the identified best practices. Upon assessing the current status and priority level of the best practices, a plan of action can be established for addressing and prioritizing those best practices identified as needing attention. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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