May 20, 2019 / Adviser Academy

Yearbook advisers have valuable training opportunity this summer at Adviser Academy

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Walsworth’s Adviser Academy in Kansas City will once again offer three full days of classes for brand new or experienced yearbook advisers, July 8-10.

This year’s setting will be the InterContinental Hotel, located on Kansas City’s picturesque Country Club Plaza. The Adviser Academy gives yearbook instructors the opportunity to learn, network with other advisers and prepare for the upcoming school year without the distraction of students.

For new advisers

Adviser Academy has classes designed especially for new yearbook advisers on July 8-10, along with the option to tour Walsworth’s printing facilities or attend advanced tech training on July 11.

New yearbook advisers will have the opportunity to:

  • Get tips and advice to specifically help with the first year
  • Learn the basics of design, photography, coverage and theme
  • Discover strategies for managing and training the yearbook staff

For experienced advisers

Experienced yearbook advisers will also have the chance to select classes to work best for them at Adviser Academy, including:

  • How to carry a theme throughout the yearbook
  • Elements of good yearbook design and how to teach it
  • How to take great yearbook photos
  • Management tips, such as organizing digital files, creating a deadline calendar and grading

Experienced advisers will also have the opportunity to visit Walsworth’s printing facilities or attend additional tech training on July 11.

All Academy attendees are invited to be our guest at a Welcome Reception where you will meet Don Walsworth, our president. Meet and brainstorm with advisers from across the country and leave with the support of an entire network and amazing resources.

Plus, the evenings give you a chance to explore Kansas City. You’ll be surrounded by the beautiful Plaza with architecture inspired by Seville, Spain, and giving rise to Kansas City’s nickname “The City of Fountains.”

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Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is the Marketing Automation Supervisor for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth for the past 15+ 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.