August 19, 2013 / Yearbook Tips

These lesson plans will get your yearbook staff organized in the first 35-40 days

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

It’s important to get your yearbook off to a strong start, and Walsworth wants to make sure that happens.

Advisers can get organized at the beginning of the year by using our First 35 Days (for InDesign users) or First 40 Days (for Online Design users) lesson plans to get their staffs up to speed.

Both guides are broken down into daily objectives the yearbook class can review for those first 35-40 days, using materials from The Yearbook Suite, Walsworth’s curriculum guide. Specific handouts and exercises are recommended each day.

Click here to get started:

Online Design schools: First 40 Days

InDesign schools: First 35 Days

  • Diane Bradley

    I opened the first 40 days and got a blank screen. What did I do wrong?

    • I’m not sure. I checked the links and they seemed to work. Could be something with your browser and the PDFs. I’ll email the PDF to you and see if that works. Thanks!

      Evan Blackwell
      Editor, Yearbooks Blog

  • Galen Rosenberg

    You reference “The Yearbook Suite” – where does one get hold of this? Please email me!

    • Galen – Walsworth’s Yearbook Suite is now available on DVD. Ask your sales rep about it. They should be able to help get you a copy of it pretty quickly. Thanks!

      Evan Blackwell
      Editor, Yearbooks Blog

  • You have some great tips in the blog post. Here are some other ideas how to organize assignments and deadlines for the yearbook adviser and students are:

    #1: Use the Excel program, type in the name of the assignments and deadlines. When they are completed, they could be highlighted in a certain color. And to the assignments that are not completed can be highlighted over with a different color.

    #2: Microsoft Word: Type in the names of the assignments and place the deadline dates next to them. Color code the assignments if they are for different sections of the yearbook.

    Have a great day!

Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.