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. Participants will engage in decision-making scenarios and opportunities, observing how they affect both the educational and financial aspects of education as a business. The session will conclude with an evaluation of the underlying assumptions we use in determining the outcomes of decisions made.”
This is the first time for me to make a presentation on this subject and I want to make it as realistic and engaging as possible. My hope is to make it into almost a game, where different groups have to make scheduling, staffing, and other decisions and then that information is used to make a financial statement as well as determine school events which which that group must address. My hope is to highlight strengths and weaknesses of Education as a Business that those who work in the public sector may not appreciate. Any ideas on situations that could come up as almost Monopoly-style Chance cards? One I’ve thought about is that a teacher suddenly has to lave the country due to a death in the family. Other ideas?
If anyone can come to the presentation, would definitely appreciate the feedback of other school owners! 🙂