If you teach culinary and have never been to Johnson & Wales’ Summer Educator’s Program you are missing out. I highly recommend attending if you get the opportunity. The J & W Summer Educator’s Program is professional development for vocational and FACS teachers who want to learn how to improve their skills especially working in a commercial kitchen. There are several programs. I happened to have taken the baking and pastry program but they also offer Culinary Essentials which follows their high school text book that goes by the same name.
The educator courses are offered at all four of the Johnson & Wale’s campuses (Providence, Denver, Charlotte, Miami). Their course offerings change slightly every year so if you don’t see anything you would like for this year check it out again next year. They courses they offered this summer were Culinary Essentials, Baking & Pastry Arts I & II, Sustainable Food, and Culinary Nutrition. The pricing is $595 for the course and room & board, however travel expenses are not included.