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August 16, 2019 / New Advisers

Back-to-school tips for new yearbook advisers

Written by Jenica Hallman, CJE

Back to school is a time for decorating your classroom; new notebooks, pencils, folders and pens; a new outfit (or two!) and all things yearbook. Now is also the time to build upon the momentum of last year for an even better year or to get ready for your first time advising yearbook.

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Show Me the Books

Maybe you’ve been working on your book all summer at workshops or Adviser Academy. Maybe you just found out you’re the new adviser. Either way, our Showcase Gallery is sure to inspire! Check out some of our best examples of theme, covers, photos and more!

What’s Next?

There are a few yearbook essentials you should know about:

  • Mark your calendar! Elite Weekend is coming to a location near you. If you’re ready to level up your book, you won’t want to miss this adviser and editor workshop where you’ll receive valuable insight, instruction and suggestions from leading yearbook experts!
  • Need lesson plans in a hurry? Walsworth can help! Our Yearbook Suite curriculum offers 11 teaching units and an adviser unit, plus it has great extras like the New Advisers Field Guide and First 30 Days lesson plans available for download.
  • Market your book with confidence with our marketing resources. We can help you target your marketing to students, parents and businesses. While you’re on the page, be sure to sign up for PEP, our Parent Email Program. It’s a proven top way schools reach parent buyers and it’s absolutely free!
  • Stay up to date by subscribing to our blog. You’ll be the first to know about the latest podcasts and see great content, like our Dog Days of Summer blog post about dogs who made it in the yearbook (we all love dogs here).

Your Personal Cheerleaders

Few know how much work goes into producing a yearbook, but two people who definitely know are your rep and your CSR. If you are brand new to yearbook this year, ask for advice on deadlines and timelines. If you are a returning adviser, ask for tips on having a smooth year. They are there to help! And sign up here to get Timely Tips delivered to your inbox.



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Jenica Hallman, CJE

Jenica Hallman, CJE, is a Copywriter for Walsworth Yearbooks. Yearbooks got into her blood in high school, and she has been pursuing them ever since. She has worked in various capacities as a high school and college yearbook editor, an adviser, sales representative, plant customer service representative and now in marketing, her favorite role to date. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass media communications from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.