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Webinar on Building a Healthy School Culture

As many of you know, two things I find to be very important as a school owner are learning from others and a strong culture.  This Sunday will be an opportunity to combine both of those.  The JALT School Owners’ SIG and Lixon Education are sponsoring a Webinar where one of my managers and I […]

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In talking with some language school owners one thing that has always baffled me is the tendency to want to hide what one is doing from other owners.  There seems to be a fear of competition among many of us that keeps us from reaching out to other owners–especially those in our area.  Some owners act […]

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Two weeks have passed since JALT National in Nagoya.  Sunday afternoon of the conference we had the School Owners’ Discussion/Debate.  The theme this time was school culture and we debated different ways to shape that culture.  I’ve done a post on this in the past, but we discussed many ways to develop a culture of […]

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What are the best ways to encourage professionalism among staff and teachers?  There are many possible answers, but I would argue a major one is to give them opportunities to be professionals.  One thing true professionals do is attend professional development seminars.  One thing schools that value professionalism do is foster an atmosphere where professional […]

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This may or may not be as relevant to schools in more urban areas of Japan, but one thing that we’ve found to help us out greatly is our relationship with our bank.  Relationships are very important anywhere, but especially in Japan, and the relationship we started building nine years ago is really paying off.   […]

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This Sunday I will be giving a presentation at Sendai JALT entitled Education as a Business: http://jaltsendai.org/index.php/events.  The abstract for my presentation is: “While much language education happens in government-run or not-for-profit settings, a large part also happens in for-profit institutions.  This presentation will utilize a workshop style to highlight challenges and benefits unique to for-profit situations.  […]

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  On April 1 and 2 we at MY English School had the first of our seven yearly days of teacher and staff training.  For those seven days we close all of our schools and devote the full day to improving our school and ourselves as professionals.  Consistent and continuous improvement is a part of […]

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My wife, Maki, and I together own MY English School (http://myeigo.com/), with our headquarters in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.  We took over a single-location school in 2008 with about 100 students and several corporate contracts.  We have now grown to seven schools (6 in Yamagata and one in Kansai) with an English/Japanese bilingual kindergarten.  A total […]

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