Wondering what a course or tour actually looks like? Curious about the teaching techniques our volunteers utilize?
Explore Our Volunteer Training Website
We encourage you to read information, watch videos and take quizzes on best practices for teaching Cooking Matters programming. Being well-versed in these training topics ensure positive behavior change for families, and a successful and enjoyable experience for volunteers.
Topics include: Be an Effective Instructor, Create a Learner-Centered Classroom, Connect with Your Audience, and Test Your Knowledge.
Watch the Training Videos
We encourage you to watch the eight training videos Cooking Matters developed with generous funding from the Ward Family Foundation. Each video shows a key behavior in action that helps make the experience as meaningful as possible for both the participants and the volunteers.
Topics include Making it Relevant, Setting the Tone, Leaner-Centered, Team Teaching, Cooking Together, Keeping it Safe, Organizing a Class, and Saving Strategies.
Review Content-Specific Tips & Videos
We encourage you to explore the tips and videos on our national website to build your content knowledge.
Topics include: how to read nutrition labels, 10 tips to waste less food, 10 tips for using spices, recipe ideas and frameworks, money-saving strategies, and more!
Attend a Volunteer Professional Development Webinar
Since volunteers are key to our success, we would like to provide you with a regular opportunity to engage in additional opportunities to expand your knowledge and skills. We have planned a quarterly selection of webinars and in-person sessions for the coming year. Access the schedule and past webinar recordings here.
Cooking Matters has developed a list of key behaviors and actions, or “gold standards,” that should take place within each class in order to make the experience as meaningful as possible for participants. These standards provide the guidelines for how an ideal course should function.