Entries by Debra Klevens

Teaching the Real World Skills They’ll Need

Over the past few months, I have taken the time to network with industry experts on LinkedIn.  Through LinkedIn, I have made contacts and have also taken my students into the industry. In doing so, I have provided my students with the opportunity to see how the skills they are learning in publications are transferable […]

The Power of One

During the last day of our yearbook sales, we had two final plans to persuade non-buyers to reserve their book. We’ve called our non-buyers twice throughout the year to tell them what page they were on. We’ve sent parent e-mails. We’ve tweeted. We’ve hung bathroom flyers.  We’ve posted Facebook and Instagram messages — yet we […]

Push and Empower your Students

The cover and front and back endsheets arrived (and, yes, we ARE a summer delivery book.) They were BEAUTIFUL! I was so impressed by my students work that I wanted to shout from the rooftops. In an effort to provide my students with real world opportunities, I decided to ask the school administration if my […]

A Helpful App to Guide Staffers’ Interviews

At the JEA Conference in Indy, I stumbled upon a course at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. While it wasn’t an ideal session time, the content tugged at my heartstrings. The title was, “StoryCorps: The Great Thanksgiving Listen.” The session reminded me of a project my sixth grade teacher had me do. I was asked […]

Club Picture Day; It Takes a Village

Now is the perfect time to begin planning your Club Picture Day. I organize mine as an after- school event and require a teacher/sponsor to accompany their students. Unfortunately, too many club hoppers have led to me needing extra eyes on deck. I reserve the small gym for our Club Picture Day. I use three […]

Convention Prep 101

Are you heading to Indy with a group of students? Here are the TOP 15 ideas to plan for a successful trip. Remind your students to dress in layers. Hotel conference rooms vary in temperature. Go over the program with your students ahead of time and make suggestions. Have your students download the Guidebook app to […]