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Friday, April 21 • 7:15am - 8:00am
FR7.15.01 Creating Culturally and Linguistically Sustaining 'Cafeteria Cultures'

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The Boston Public School (BPS) district has a strategic priority to "implement a culturally and linguistically sustaining instructional program that serves the development of the whole child". In line with that instructional focus, the BPS Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) team seeks to encourage cafeteria cultures that are culturally and linguistically supportive from an operational perspective. We are interested in strengthening ties across Boston's communities to support diverse school meal menu options; to encourage cultural culinary exploration via the physical environment in schools and cafeterias; and to promote supportive linkages between home and school through food and nutrition programming. We envision these efforts as an opportunity to further robust relationships: between central FNS staff and our 500+ cafeteria staff; between cafeteria staff and students; among students as they learn about their peers' culinary heritage and practices; and between parents and BPS as we collaboratively engage in conversations about the role of food and nutrition in "whole child" development. Our breakfast roundtable will serve as a convening for educators, administrators, practitioners, and researchers who are interested in the intersection of operational school support and community cultural and linguistic diversity.


Jaclyn Youngblood

Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, Boston
Jaclyn is a program director in the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. She focuses primarily on operations and systems prototypes, aiming to bring delight and a human touch to what can be overwhelming interactions with city agencies. Her work includes supporting non-instructional... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 7:15am - 8:00am CDT
Nicollet Grand Ballroom (1st Floor)