Your yearbook staff can get some much-needed time away from school for fun, rest and relaxation this summer. However, there is also plenty of time to squeeze in prep for next year’s book. Summer workshop is the best place to start laying that foundation. Taking some time to work on theme, cover and tech training…
The Spring 2015 issue of Idea File magazine is here, and a lot of information was packed into the feature articles in this issue that will help you start to make early plans for next year.
Noelle Chilson will not remember attending a summer yearbook workshop in July 2011. She was only three-and-a-half months old at the time. Noelle went because her mother, adviser Emily Chilson, thought workshop was so important that she loaded up Noelle and the Pack ‘n Play® and accompanied her students to the Northwest Yearbook Workshop in Tacoma, Wash.
What to take to a workshop
Those of us who have been advising for a while know yearbook production is a year-round job, no matter what our teaching contract says. Just like the Boy Scouts, the better prepared staff members are, the better the outcome. Here are ways to keep students thinking yearbook over the summer.
Improvement in a yearbook happens in different ways. Some advisers and staff members make a great leap in the quality of their yearbook from one school year to the next because of an “aha moment,” that second when they realize how to break through and take their book in a new and improved direction.
Veteran advisers understand the importance of summer workshops to their yearbook program. New advisers or reluctant staff members may not fully comprehend the benefits of getting a jump-start on the next yearbook.
The agenda at a summer yearbook workshop usually allows time for fun and games. Playing “beat the clock” with the cover designer, however, should not be one of them.
Successful staffs look at the conclusion of their summer workshop as a beginning, not an end.
Ah, summer vacation. There is nothing quite like long, lazy days filled with swimming, barbecues and… a yearbook workshop?
“It’s a great way to get a jump start on the school year,” said Mary Ann Akerman, yearbook adviser at Beloit Memorial High School in Beloit, Wis.