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Children’s Event Descriptions

CHILDREN’S EDUCATION CLINIC Descriptions

Welcome to Central Children’s Education Clinics. Children lessons are the most popular product in snowsports and many of us teach children. Central’s Children education clinics will help develop and enhance your skills and knowledge as it applies to the ages and stages of child cognitive, affective and physical (CAP) development.

The core Children’s education events are National certification in Children’s Specialist 1 (CS1) and Children’s Specialist 2 (CS2). CS1 and CS2 are assessment-based certificate programs. They will help you learn how to apply children specific models and deliver material in a manner relevant to children. Through the process of completing a pre-clinic, educational workbook and quiz, you will learn topics including Children’s Movement Patterns, Developmental stages, and Children’s Teaching Cycle. During the two-day on snow clinic, you will apply this knowledge as it pertains to children and your discipline.

Central Division offers a continuing education clinic in the children’s realm. It is open to all members. This season it is Play and the Learning Partnership. You will learn new teaching strategies and enhance your children teaching skills and knowledge.

Children clinics are multi-discipline.  Alpine, Telemark, snowboard and adaptive members will work in the same groups, while cross country members will work as one group.   To choose which clinic is best for you to select from the following for detailed description and requirements.

Children Education Events:

  • Children’s Specialist 1 (CS1)
  • Children’s Specialist 2 (CS2)
  • Play and the Learning Partnership

Children Education Materials:

 

*These products are offered on the PSIA/AASI National Product website.  


Children’s Event Descriptions

Children’s Specialist 1 (CP 100)

Prerequisite: PSIA-AASI Level 1 certification

Required Materials:

Recommended Materials:

 

What: This clinic is an assessment‐based certificate program offered to PSIA/AASI certified instructors. The clinic will help you understand how children; think, feel about themselves, interact with others, and move as they grow and develop. You will see how this understanding can be creatively applied to Beginner/Novice into Intermediate Zone lessons. You will have the opportunity to share your knowledge with the group and compare it to the CS National Standard.

Why: Children are the largest population we teach. Teaching children is a rewarding experience. It is about having fun with kids while providing a truly inspired safe, fun and educational experience. In this clinic, you will gain children specific developmental knowledge and learn instructor skills to enhance your education, experience, and expertise in teaching children snow sports.

How: CS1 is a 2-day clinic with pre-event requirements of a workbook and quiz. Participants will need a copy of the Children’s Instruction Manual, 2nd Edition, to complete the CS1 Workbook. The PDF  workbook must be submitted at least two weeks before the on-snow clinic.

*** Once the workbook is submitted, you may register for the clinic and take the online quiz. The quiz must be completed before the on-snow clinic. The clinic is designed around the concepts and knowledge gained by doing the workbook and will be reviewed and practiced, during the first part of the clinic. In the second part of the clinic, each participant will apply this knowledge to a specific age and stage of development. Participants’ achievement will be relayed via verbal and written feedback from the clinician throughout the clinic and at its end.

*For a more detailed description and evaluation criteria download the PSIA‐AASI Children’s Specialist National Standard.

 

CROSS COUNTRY: If you are participating in the CS1 XC discipline Clinic; complete the CS1 XC workbook. The workbook must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior*** to registering for the event.

 

***Please submit Workbooks to submissions@psia-c.org or by postal mail to P.O Box 2144, Frankfort, MI, 49635. For email workbook submissions, allow at least one business day after submission to register for the clinic. For postal mail, allow at least 5 business days after submission. Please note sending your workbook via the submissions email is highly recommended.

Please contact the office at info@psia-c.org if you are unable to register 48 hours after your email workbook has been submitted for the on-snow clinic


Children’s Specialist 2 (CP 200)

*Prerequisite: Children’s Specialist 1 (CS1) ** and possess PSIA-AASI Level II or III certifications.

Required Materials:

Recommended Materials:


What: The clinic builds on your knowledge from CS1 with the focus placed on how children move. You will gain a deeper understanding of how and why children’s movements change as they grow and develop. You will apply this understanding to select and create appropriate learning activities to advance a child’s development in Beginner/Novice through Advanced Zone lessons. You will have the opportunity to share your knowledge with the group and compare it to the CS National Standard.

Why: Great teachers understand the why and accurately assess abilities, determine the strengths and weakness of their student. Great teachers know how to target learning to improve a student’s skill level. In this clinic, you will learn what it takes to be a great children’s snowsports teacher and will be recognized as one.
How: CS2 is a 2-day clinic with pre-event requirement of a workbook. Participants will need a copy of the Children’s Instruction Manual, 2nd Edition and the Children’s Ski and Snowboard Movement Guide to complete the CS 2 Workbook. The workbook must be submitted at least 2 weeks ***prior to attending the clinic and must be submitted to the office before registering for the clinic. The clinic is designed around the concepts and knowledge gained by doing the workbook and will be reviewed and practiced, during the first part of the clinic. In the second part of the clinic, each participant will apply this knowledge to various age and stages of development. Participants’ achievement will be relayed via verbal and written feedback from the clinician throughout the clinic and at its end.

 

Cross Country: Cross Country participants please note that there is no Workbook requirement for XC Children’s Specialist 2.

***Please submit Workbooks to submissions@psia-c.org or by postal mail to P.O Box 2144, Frankfort, MI, 49635. For email workbook submissions, allow at least one business day after submission to register for the clinic. For postal mail, allow at least 5 business days after submission. Please note sending your workbook via the submissions email is highly recommended.

Please contact the office at info@psia-c.org if you are unable to register 48 hours after your email workbook has been submitted for the on-snow clinic


Play and the Learning Partnership (CP 300)

Prerequisites:

  • Member in good standing with PSIA/AASI
  • An interest in working with children
  • Review Central Divisions: Playful Teaching videos, Central Division: Children Videos

Recommended:

 

What: This clinic is a 2-day on snow clinic open to all instructors. It is for experienced children’s instructors, as well as experienced instructors who are new to teaching children. This clinic is designed to keep participants on the cutting edge of children’s snowsports education. The content of the clinic changes to explore the most current trends and theories in children’s snowsports education. Participants will practice integrating these concepts into their teaching activities during the clinic. This season’s focus will be PSIA-AASI-C “Play and the Learning Partnership”.

Why: Even the most experienced teachers run into “challenges”, exhaust their bag of tricks, or just need some new ideas and inspiration. In this clinic, you will be introduced to the most current resources, trends, and techniques in children’s snowsports education.

How: The clinic will begin with a brief introduction of the concepts and materials. The group will then be led through learning activities by applying these concepts to various child development levels. By clinic conclusion, each participant will have the opportunity to share their specific understanding and experiences and receive feedback and coaching.  To enhance your experience, please review the Recommended items prior to the clinic.

 

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