Adviser Assistance Checklist 1
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Back To School
- Make a plan for school closures. There are plenty of great ways to fill your book — and remember, the yearbook is about the people, not the events.
- Have you called your rep today? Hammer out budgets and deadlines now.
- Curriculum resources aplenty: How to Yearbook: The HJ Way, is available in print with resources online at LearnYBK.com.
If you’re new, read the Welcome section!
- Start teaching with online video tutorials for eDesign and InDesign. (Click the help button when you’re logged in to eDesign or check out the Learn menu on myHJyearbook.com.)
- Get right with your admins. Sync your calendars and introduce your editors.
- Set up eBusiness. Find it in the Setup menu on myHJyearbook.com.
- Sell that book. Don’t miss the opportunity to sell yearbooks (if your school invites parents to the school) at registration or back-to-school nights. Consider offering the lowest price of the year at these events.
- Start making decisions about the book and build your ladder. Choose fonts, color palettes and designs using the Customer Resources section at YearbookDiscoveries.com.
- If you already have a theme, choose a coverage model: traditional, chronological or umbrella. There’s more in the Covering YourSchool curriculum section.
- Get those cameras clicking. Make sure every staffer knows photo basics and won’t pass up opportunities to take photos.
- Review staffers’ role, discuss workflow/approval process and begin gathering content for the first deadline.
- Start designing your cover and endsheets.
- Returning staffers should be planning the look and feel of the book. Theme carries over to title page, opening/closing, endsheets, dividers, mods and folios.
- Build type packages for headlines. Choose styles for caption lead-ins, subheads and sidebars.
- Some advisers start working from the back of the book with ads. Some start with the front. Choose which works best for you.
- Assign spreads to each deadline. Create a calendar and make sure everyone, including parents, know what’s up.
What is a yearbook? It is a memory book, a photo book, a reference book… It is all of these and much more.
All across the country, there are teachers in their first and second — and third — years as advisers who get to the end of the day and think, how in the world? It gets easier, but until then, here’s some advice.
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