PanSIG is an annual conference held in May 19-21 at Akita International University (AIU) in Akita City, Akita Prefecture, Japan. The conference is organized by many of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT). The conference brings together leading scholars and practitioners in language education from Japan, Asia, and throughout the world. It is meant to be a smaller, more intimate conference than the annual international JALT conference (which is held each fall), and is a place where SIG members can network with each other.
Theme: Expand your interests
Venue: Akita International University (AIU) (access)
Location: Akita City, Akita Prefecture, Japan
Dates: May 19 – 21 (Friday to Sunday), 2017
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for highlights and detailed schedule of events.
Our own SO SIG Coordinator, Ryan Hagglund will be giving two presentations at PanSig 2017.
1:00pm – 2:30pm
School Owners’ SIG Forum
Presenter: Ryan Hagglund
School Owners’ SIG, Japan, MY English School
As at JALT National and last year’s PanSIG, this will be an opportunity for owners to gather together and discuss/debate different issues related to the business side of running a language school. Previous issues discussed have included teacher contracts, school culture, and teacher policies.
Location: Auditorium Poster 2 Presentations
Building School Culture at For-Profit Language Schools
School Owners’ SIG, Japan
It is said that culture trumps strategy. MY English School, based in Yamagata Prefecture, has 17 fulltime teachers, an annual teacher retention rate of over 80%, and growth from 100 students to over 900 since 2008. This poster presentation highlights many ways the school employs the latest management techniques to build a professional and positive school culture that leads to quality lessons, student growth, positive peer pressure in regard to professional development, and high teacher retention.
The latest SO SIG Newsletter Issue 3 Spring 2017 is now available. Download, read, comment and let us know what topics you are interested in and if you would like to contribute to the next issue.
SO SIG would like to welcome Membership Chair Laura Macfarlane and Treasurer Jared Wangen to the team! Good luck and godspeed!
The latest SO SIG Newsletter is now available. Download it, read it, comment on it, and let us know if you’d like to contribute to the next one!
The SIG AGM and forum were both successful. We elected a new officer, Robert Sieveking, who will be serving as Programs Chair. Rob Olson has moved to Publications, fittingly since he designed our logo and edited our first SO SIG Newsletter. Check our our facebook page (JALTSchool Owners SIG) and keep an eye out for updates!
We’ve made a handy schedule of all our official SO SIG events and members’ events at the 2015 National Conference this November. There’s one change from the schedule given in the last newsletter: the School Owners’ Debate will now be held Sunday, Nov. 22 from 5:15 to 6:45 PM in Hikae 1 (1F). Hope to see you all there!
Our latest newsletter, just in time for the National Conference, can be found on our publications page. Check it out!
The School Owners SIG will have both a debate and a short meeting at this year’s National Conference. The debate will be on Saturday, November 21st from 5:15 to 6:45 PM in room 907. Our general meeting will be on Sunday, November 22nd from 12:45 to 1:30 PM in room 1003. Stop by, grab a copy of our newsletter and let us know what you think of the SIG’s progress this year.
The year 2015 has been a busy one for the SO SIG. First, we published our first newsletter, which both members and non-members are invited to download and enjoy. Second, our Treasurer Mark Makino made a presentation at this year’s PanSIG Conference in Kobe. As summer draws near we look forward to filling the second half of the year with even more activities for our members and for school owners around Japan.