Upcoming Events

May 2022: Owning Your Own School

Event Date: May 29, 2022 from 1 pm to 5 pm                                                  Location: Online (Zoom) 

Come and join us on May 29th to learn more about owning your own school in Japan with two presentations in an event co-sponsored by the JALT School Owners SIG. Email yojaltpresident@yojalt.org for the Zoom link.


Employee to Business Owner in English Education    Presented By Kenny Fritts


Kenny Fritts will look at how English speakers in Japan can transition from employee/teacher to owner. A career as a standard ALT or Eikaiwa teacher isn’t going to make for a comfortable retirement. Working long-term as an ALT or at an Eikaiwa in Japan comes with great risk as we age. We will look at different paths and opportunities to successfully transition from employee to owner/operator to business owner.

Questions to be answered include:

  • Who is likely to be successful at starting an English school business?
  • Why, when, how to start an English school business?
  • What are the risks/rewards of starting an English school business

Kenny Fritts has started, bought, and sold multiple English school businesses in Japan. Kenny is the director of KK Head Start System. KK Head Start System operates and provides international preschool franchising opportunities under the Head Start International Preschool brand. KK Head Start System prepares and assists employees of Head Start International Preschools to become successful franchise owners.


Education as a Business – School Owner Simulation Presented by Ryan Hagglund


Most teachers at some time have thought about running their own language school or wondered what it would be like.  What would it entail?  What might a successful model be?  How might it differ from education in the non-profit world?  This presentation will utilize a simulation style to highlight challenges and benefits unique to for-profit language schools.  Participants will engage in decision-making scenarios and opportunities, observing how they affect both the educational and financial aspects of education as a business.

Ryan Hagglund is owner of MY English School in Yamagata and has also taught at Yamagata University.  He has an MA in TEFL/TESL from University of Birmingham in England, MAT from Willamette University in Oregon, and Oregon State teaching certification for JHS and HS.  He lives in Yamagata with his wife and three boys.

There will be a joint Q&A session after both presentations have been concluded. 

June 2022: My Share

Event Date: June 26, 2022 at 1:00 pm
Location: TBA

Join us as fellow members share practical ideas for language teaching and learning that you will be able to take back to your classroom,  followed by Q&A and discussion.

If you would like to present email a 50-100 word abstract and the title of your presentation to assistantprogram@yojalt.org. Presentations should be about 10 to 15 minutes. If there is time at the end, it may be possible to squeeze in a few last minute speakers, but to avoid disappointment please reserve early.

July 2022: Listening

Event Date: July 2, 2022 at 4:00 pm
Location: Yokohama Kannai Hall


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