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Bring the quality of our programs home with JEI Remote Learning
We understand your child’s education is a top priority. During these uncertain times, you can be sure at least one thing won’t change-- our dedication to education. Your child may no longer be able to attend class, but they won’t have to stop learning. In response to the Coronavirus and the resulting restrictions, we have developed JEI Remote Learning. This temporary service offers two options that allow students to continue our programs from home during this time. Our intent is to help students continue creating good study habits using their knowledge of the JEI Self Learning Method® and the JEI workbooks. Depending on the center, the following options could be available for your child: JEI Virtual Classroom recreates the familiar class environment for your child using an online platform. That way, students can continue their personalized learning plan with a JEI Instructor in a virtual version of their class while social distancing recommendations are in effect. The platform includes features, such as a “raise your hand” button and video conferencing so instructors and students can see each other and communicate. It’ll be as if JEI Learning Center is in your living room! JEI Independent Home Study allows you to supervise your child’s study schedule and personalized learning plan. With your help and our workbooks' spiral structure, which only advances your child to new concepts when they are ready, we are confident your child will succeed independently! Rest assured the center’s director and instructors will always be available for questions and assistance while you oversee your child’s work. JEI Remote Learning is the perfect opportunity for parents and children to work more closely together than ever before for A Better Life Through Better Education! Take this chance to see how much of the JEI Self-Learning MethodⓇ your child has already absorbed while they learn from home. Is your child able to focus easily while learning from home? Do they complete homework in a reasonable amount of time? Challenge your child to be responsible for their own education at home, as they foster their own structure and discipline away from school. Learn more about your options at your local center.
Commemorating our 28th anniversary with the very first JEI Director
March 23, 2020 marks the 28th anniversary of JEI Learning Center in the United States. After seeing incredible success in South Korea, JEI Founder and Chairman Sung Hoon Park took the company worldwide, opening up our first U.S. center in Valencia, California under Mrs. Su Kyung Yu. Twenty-eight years later, our centers have spread nationwide, popping up in other states, like New Jersey, New York, Texas, Georgia, and soon Florida. To commemorate, JEI Headquarters (JEI HQ) reached out to Mrs. Yu and her son, Augustine, who has taken the reins as a second-generation director. Mrs. Yu first learned of JEI Learning Center through the local newspaper. She was interested because of her background in education and the company’s reputation for having a positive impact on children’s education in South Korea. She was, in particular, drawn to our Individual Progress Prescription Report (IPPR) which analyzes each student’s Diagnostic Test results to pinpoint their strengths and weaknesses. The IPPR is the key component in developing an individualized program for each JEI student. Mrs. Yu thought it was good to know the starting point for the children who come into her center. She faced a lot of challenges in the beginning as the only center in the country, but she noted that, as the company expanded, the process became a lot smoother for new directors: “It was only the West region at the beginning, and [HQ and I] worked together every month. We sat together to change this and that, all this to improve on mistakes. It was really good to work with them, and I was really happy working with JEI.” Mrs. Yu passed on her happiness about the JEI community to her son, Augustine, who took over as director two years ago. He explained JEI HQ has always been a family to them, thanks in part to his mother’s teachings: “My mother taught me to be nice to the people you work with. She taught me a long time ago that when we have meetings, we have to sit there, understand one another, listen to one another, and then advise and help one another. Our Southern California regional meetings are very comfortable and make me feel very at ease. We do listen to one another and talk to one another, so I think that for the most part, from the JEI HQ side to us, our family has grown a lot. Now that I’m the Director, the connections [my mother] has made with other center Directors have passed on to me, and we just act like we are family.” Even now, he is happy about how supportive JEI HQ is, enthusing about working closely with staff on the West coast who help in any way they can. Augustine said: “It’s been two years since I’ve become a Director, but JEI HQ has really helped me to not give up on myself. This is obviously not the easiest job, trying to improve students’ skill sets. It’s challenging because for everyone who walks through that front door, we have to learn to be not only their Director but also their friend. We have to assist them and make them feel comfortable, especially when they have to work hard. This is something I learned from trying to become a better director and from my mother who has done this for many years. I’m very thankful I have someone like her to keep me going.” Augustine went further into how they have a strong sense of camaraderie not only with the JEI HQ staff but also with their local community of Valencia. Improving children’s study habits has helped the parents/guardians there trust and believe in them, which is why they bring their child there every month. He said: “We want them to fully trust us. We have a strong product line, and we highly believe in that. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be director after [my mother]. All of us feel like family, because [the parents/guardians] treat us with a lot of respect and gratitude for helping their children everyday .” On top of that, Augustine is a first-generation student, as he attended his mother’s center throughout his childhood! He is the earliest example of a successful JEI student who dedicated himself to lifelong learning. This unique experience gives him advantages like understanding the program from the perspectives of both a student and Director and noticing what has improved since his days as a student! For example, the workbooks have become a lot more colorful and fun for children to engage in. He added: “I actually did the workbooks [as a student], so I thoroughly know the ins and outs of helping [our students] use them. That is an advantage I have, and parents can see that from me, as well. There’s a trust factor in me as a Director, more so because they know I did the books when I was young and can help their child more in that way.” In Mrs. Yu’s case, she really understands the pride that JEI parents feel when they see their child excel: “We were really happy to see kids bring in good results or awards after several months and to hear good things from their parents. They were improving, getting awards, and hearing good things from the school; that was the best part.” Augustine agreed with his mother that some of the best memories he had as director was seeing each child take small steps toward improvement with the individualized program. He also remembered a time a local school recommended one of their struggling students attend his JEI Learning Center. He noted, “That’s a cool memory, when the community knows it can depend on us . . . That’s just a very good moment for us, not how much we make in a year but what we can bring to the table and make a difference for each child.” For current or potential JEI franchisees, Mrs. Yu has plenty of advice to share! She said she knows how good the JEI programs are and that other Directors know this, as well. She advised that they trust in that and never give up: “Please do not give up when difficult things come up. Be nice to the parents and children. Give them a lot more than what you think you can, so that you continue to make a difference in kids’ education. You really have to keep going on, and if there are any difficulties, you can overcome them by working with the kids and always working together. Please do not give up. This is the best work we can do for life.” Augustine adds: “My mom’s perseverance is really high. She really did not give up, and that’s what helped us to keep going. Someone dear who’s passed, Kobe Bryant, said it is the journey, not the destination, and that’s something that has really resonated with me because I realized that if you’re looking for a destination, like awards or something great handed off to you, that is not something we believe in. For us, it’s the journey everyday with the kids coming in. For us, it’s that journey to make everybody’s dreams come true. That’s something that we hope to pass down to other franchisees: just to work on the everyday process of how to make yourself better and not give up.” Nothing is more rewarding to Mrs. Yu and Augustine than having parents excitedly come through the door and students talk about advancing in school! We thank them for believing in JEI Learning Center and helping thousands of young learners over the last 28 years. We also thank all of the directors who have joined us over the years to spread the JEI brand and enrich our students’ lives with their dedication to education. Let’s continue the journey, grow our community, and support one another! As Mrs. Yu says, have faith and never give up! Happy 28th anniversary to JEI Learning Center!
2020 #JEIMathOlympiad registration is now open!
With automation and calculators everywhere we turn, the need to study math is more important than ever before! It develops critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, skills that students need to compete in today's society. JEI welcomes current and former JEI students from grades one through eight to participate in our Math Olympiad on March 14, 2020 where they can put their problem-solving skills to the test. It’s a race against the clock as your child goes head-to-head with students from around the country to answer 30 math problems in under an hour. Questions will be divided by grade levels and are based on JEI’s Problem Solving Math curriculum. Students can see how well they have honed their critical thinking, reasoning, logic, and mathematical knowledge by solving as many practical problems correctly on the Math Olympiad. REGISTRATION DATES Early Registration: January 15th - January 31st Standard Registration: February 1st - March 9th If your child is ready to show us their math skills, contact us today! EVENT DATE & TIME The official date for the 2020 Math Olympiad contest is March 14th. Check-in and contest start times vary by center, please contact your local center for more information about when your child will be participating in the 2020 Math Olympiad. EVENT LOCATIONS East Coast: Central NJ - Middlesex County College, Edison Northern NJ - Crowne Plaza, Englewood Queens, New York - Adria Hotel, Bayside Maryland and Virginia - Fairfield Inn, Germantown Georgia - Hilton Garden Inn, Johns Creek West Coast: Bay Area - Joseph Weller Elementary, Milpitas Los Angeles - Walt Disney Elementary, Anaheim San Diego - Korean United Methodist Church, San Diego PRIZES Grand prize: $1,000 college scholarship 1st Place: $250 2nd Place: $150 3rd Place: $100 Have more questions about the event? Call or stop by today to learn more!