Recent Information 4/13/20
After much contemplation and prayer, I have concluded that any future I have in sharing what I have learned about personal growth will be in the form of personal development workshops and professional development for school personnel.
This means I am no longer going to offer my classes for graduate credit. I cannot say with honesty that this decision to discontinue graduate credit classes comes with sadness because I find it a huge relief to me. Working with the bureaucracy of higher education has always been a huge challenge. This challenge (headache is a better word) and the virus disruption has made it almost impossible for me to continue in this direction.
My biggest regret is that I can no longer offer you (for college credit) the immeasurable personal growth most of you enjoyed through your study of the course(s) content. My hope is that I will be able to continue to serve your interest in growing personally on a different platform (personal growth seminars & PD). I am working on plans for these kinds of offerings so stay tuned to my website - www.piinstitute.me - for information as to what I am planning. Or, as always, you can communicate with me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org
I sincerely hope our paths cross again someday, somehow.
Sincerity & Gratitude,
PS - If you would like to have me do some professional development in your school system, please make a contact with the appropriate person in your district. Districts usually plan their PD for the succeeding year at least six months ahead. My professional development will be a sort of a potpourri (assortment/collection) of the interpersonal growth principles that largely comprised my course content. Again, talk with your district officials if you are interested in having me present to your staff.
With the latest news (see "Latest Email"), it appears that any future for Personal Improvement Institute and me is going to be in the areas of personal and professional development.
My professional development will be a sort of a potpourri (assortment/collection) of the interpersonal growth principles that largely comprised my course content. I encourage you talk with your district officials if you are interested in having me present to your staff.
I want to emphasize that, personally (Craig Schmidt), my plans are leading me away from class instruction and more into personal improvement seminars (one-day) and professional development (PD) platforms. I plan to begin this fall and looking for school districts interested in engaging what we offer in personal improvement as well as PD.
I haven’t refined my thinking, but my initial thoughts are to design one-day seminars that will highlight several of the concepts/tools/methods that I have found useful to teachers as they navigate the stresses and anxieties that accompany, as Scott Peck puts it, "a difficult life." Keep an eye on our website www.piinstitute.me as the mass email is becoming less and less reliable as a means of communication.
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Email March 20, 2020
Colleague in Education I don’t need to tell you that things in this world are changing hourly as the global health picture appears dangerously fluid. This situation is affecting things at the university level quite quickly, also. Sooooo the email of March 18 that offered the option to enroll directly with Seattle Pacific University for the courses we listed.
At this time, DO NOT enroll with the university. Instead, just email me to indicate your interest in any of the three courses listed on our website set for this summer. If and when the situation with SPU becomes “reliably stable” I will get you enrollment information. Sorry for the inconvenience. At the moment, Someone or Something with a much Higher Power than I has His/Her/Its "hand on the stick!” Need to be patient as the plan unfolds. Sincerity & Gratitude,Craig