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2017 Adviser Academy

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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Renee Burke grading session Walsworth Adviser Academy

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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