Adviser Academy begins with an example of the importance of yearbooks

Some laughs and a tear-jerker of a story opened the 2017 Adviser Academy in Kansas City on Monday at the Marriott on the Country Club Plaza.

Photo by Aimee Parsons

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July 19, 2017 / Cover Spotlight / Design

For our latest Cover Spotlight, we’ll look at the 2017 yearbook cover from Oak Hills High School in Hesperia, California. Through a sophisticated laser cut placed on the front cover (seen above), you catch a sneak peek of the bright, colorful palette the school is using for the sections of the interior of their book.…

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July 13, 2017 / 2017 Adviser Academy

Instructor Lori Oglesbee, MJE, ushered out the primary portion of Walsworth’s Adviser Academy schedule with a wedding ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. Pachelbel’s Canon in D played as advisers circled around the main ballroom. Oglesbee looped a white string around each adviser’s ring finger as an instrumental version of Elton John’s “Your Song” was pumped over…

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Yearbook can be a difficult class to grade. It’s not always easy to measure, and assigning grades are an area where advisers sometimes struggle. Renee Burke, MJE, of Boone High School in Orlando, explained her methods during a Wednesday morning session at Walsworth’s Adviser Academy. She recommends creating grading packets. This is something that can…

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July 12, 2017 / 2017 Adviser Academy / Coverage

The third morning of Walsworth’s Adviser Academy on Wednesday focused on yearbook trends. Mike Taylor, CJE, showed the group his presentation titled, “Not Your Granny’s Yearbook.” He showed examples of yearbooks through the years, pointing out the good and the bad aspects. There are many old trends that don’t work anymore. Taylor shared his thoughts on covers,…

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Instructor Sabrina Schmitz opened Tuesday’s New Adviser session of Adviser Academy by addressing questions. At the beginning of the Academy, Schmitz set up a “Question Parking Lot,” where attendees could leave sticky notes with their questions. Tuesday morning, the class weighed benefits of spring or fall delivery. One adviser asked, “What’s the most essential quality…

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July 11, 2017 / 2017 Adviser Academy

Once the almost 100 advisers in attendance had finished their eggs, potatoes and pancakes, Mike Taylor, CJE, kicked off day two of Walsworth’s Adviser Academy on Tuesday with a “Hello!” and an introduction of Rhonda O’Dea, CJE, Walsworth’s West area manager. O’Dea introduced the group to “Massively Multi-Player Thumb Wrestling.” Everyone in the room joined…

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Following a welcoming opening session on Monday, the 35 new yearbook advisers attending Walsworth’s Adviser Academy filed next door to their classroom. Instructor Sabrina Schmitz, CJE, Walsworth Yearbooks sales rep and former award-winning yearbook adviser, opened the session by taking questions. She asked, “What do you hope to learn?” The advisers said they hope to learn…

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July 5, 2017 / Coverage / Coverage Spotlight

For many yearbook staffs, summer break is a time for brainstorming theme and cover ideas at yearbook camp, and staff bonding and training while getting ready for the new school year. But student life doesn’t stop during the summer, which means lots of fun, fascinating stories are going on out there in the world –…

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June 29, 2017 / Theme

The Walsworth Yearbooks Theme Gallery, located within our Design Showcase here at walsworthyearbooks.com, has now been updated with images from 18 new 2017 yearbooks. Many yearbook staffs will be meeting at summer workshops over the next couple months, and over the first several weeks of the upcoming school year, to brainstorm theme ideas for next…

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