Wow– What a season this has been!
Did you know that PSIA-AASI Central members and staff revolutionized the way we approach certification and education? Absolutely! It was a team effort between staff and the membership. You started over the spring and summer, participating in our movement analysis courses from Joel Krueger, Erika Meier, Chad Peopping, Riley Shepard, Jay Stadler, and Eric Doane, in webinars from Ron Kipp and Horst Abraham, with Joe Kagan, Ron LeMaster and Chris Rogers. You continued by engaging in our Multi-Discipline Hybrid Level I process, designed by a team of our Education Staff including Jeremy Cabalka, Charlie Weeks, Phillip Howell, Jay Stadler, Jay Soule and Nicole Werts. Perhaps you tried our “Freestyle-for-Fraidy-cats”, developed by Phillip Howell, and Greg Chmielecki. How about Shawn Ryan and the hybrid Children’s Specialist, or Carlton Guc and the hybrid Senior Specialist products? You might have branched in to the multi-faceted world of Adaptive, where Ann Wing and her team have developed content that is beneficial to all educators, but especially snowsports educators. Our On-Line Tech/M.A. process for Alpine Level II and III, and Adaptive and our Virtual Exam proved that we can remotely assess technical and teaching skills, and for the first time we have been able to truly asses candidates with real students in “live” lesson environments. We also were reminded of the value of participating in an exam with our peers, and the chance to get feedback during the process, and this will help us shape our processes and courses in the future. To those candidates who sought and those who earned a pin through this process this season, we congratulate you and compliment you for your hard work and industry. Recording the video was a challenge, presenting online was daunting, and yet the process worked- we saw some great teaching, the standards were evident in the skiing, and this is reassuring.
We look forward to bringing many elements back on snow for the 2021-2022 season, but we’ll maintain the virtual tech/ma portion of our exams– and we are transitioning this seasons LII Alpine exam process into a coaching element and offering for next season, available across all disciplines– it was simply too useful to abandon.
It Isn’t Over Though…
We will continue to develop and build virtual educational offerings for members who have not yet fulfilled their education requirements (about 6% of central members are due for education still).. Your education staff, and that of other divisions continue to develop innovative education courses– this spring, we are working on several 1-2 CEU web courses- simple one-two hour “concept” offerings that conclude with some questions. You can already find plenty of them- through TheSnowPros.org and the divisional calendars (remember, you can get your CEU’s through any division, and through U.S. Ski and Snowboard as non-ASEA credits. Courses fill up fast though, as members in all 8 divisions are finding themselves seeking flexible online learning options . Courses completed before Jun 30 can be applied to your current CEU requirement.
Click HERE for webinars
Click HERE for e-learning
Click HERE for the Calendar Be sure to select “All Divisions” to see the broad array of course offerings.
We have heard from a few members who have expressed hesitancy about pursuing on-line CEU’s, and we get it, sometimes we just want to ski or ride or work on our skiing and riding real-time. While we applaud those who made the leap to the in-depth concepts and content of virtual and hybrid education, we do have an option for those who simply wish to defer education to next season. Members who are unable or unwilling to attend a webinar may opt to apply their twice-in-a-lifetime general waiver option. A $50 fee applies. You can find the Waiver Request form HERE.
Read all about it.
Central Line editor Gary Evans has done a fantastic job putting together The Central Line magazine, and this most recent edition is a great example. Yours will arrive in the mail shortly, but you can download it here. Inside, you’ll find thought-provoking articles from Brad Miller, insights on Teaching Family Groups from Lydia Roberts, Keeping your Lesson Moving from Corey Schroeder and more.
Cheer on the Team!
Did you know that Central has FOUR candidates trying out for the PSIA-AASI National Team? Zeke Fashingbauer is representing us in Cross Country, while Chris Fisher, Paul Bowman, and yours truly will be trying out as Alpine representatives. The “One Team” consists of members from all disciplines, working collaboratively to design contemporary content and evolve our educational processes. The National Team candidates form Central have been working together in a truly collaborative fashion, seeking to ensure that we put our best out there during the tryouts. It is an honor to represent the division at tryouts, and an accomplishment to make it to the point of appearing next week (April 19-22) at Breckenridge, Colorado. If you find yourself in Summit County, be sure to cheer from the side of the slopes– I’m sure the candidates will appreciate it.
Thanks for your membership and support!
PSIA-AASI Central Division