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Staff Management

Building and balancing staff morale is not an easy task. On the Musket staff at Orange Glen High School in Escondido, Calif., we spent a few years trying different activities, strategies and processes, and hit upon a blend of these that assisted in creating a positive, productive environment.

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February 28, 2018 / Curriculum / New Advisers / Staff Management

In a yearbook utopia, the new teacher would have a journalism degree, take photos like a pro, be able to manage a group of teenagers with aplomb and truly understand the importance of deadlines in the production of any publication. In reality, though, the yearbook adviser many times has little or no publishing experience and only lasts an average of two years. Following these tips can lead to happier advisers who stick with the job.

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In a professional development class called “Universal Design for Learning” (UDL), I was introduced to many new strategies to make learning accessible to all my students regardless of ability. One of the strategies is called “synectics,” which derives from the Greek “syn” and “ektos,” and refers to the fusion of diverse ideas. In practice, students…

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February 1, 2017 / New Advisers / News

Walsworth Yearbooks announced the publication Wednesday of Our Best Advice: Lessons for New Advisers from the Yearbook Experts – a new eBook filled with valuable tips on a wide-ranging variety of yearbook topics. A free copy of Our Best Advice can be downloaded by visiting walsworthyearbooks.com/our-best-advice-ebook/. Created for new yearbook advisers, but also applicable to…

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