The CS certification programs require instructors to ski or ride at the current discipline certification level and teach with more depth. The backbone of the CS program is understanding the ages and stages of child development and how to apply these concepts into a snow sports lesson.
Recommended: Level I Certification or higher and/or 101 USST .
Why:The Midwest has countless Jr. Race programs. The Children’s Race Clinic is an excellent course for members who are looking to increase their coaching toolbox and also to share coaching knowledge.
What:This two-day course, led by a PSIA-AASI Central Education Staff member with a strong Children’s race coaching background. Will focus on beginner through advanced intermediate level racing. Course content will be based on the CAP model, the skiing fundamentals, and safety considerations. Facilitators may incorporate Props, terrain, and or Video. Use of drills(e.g., “The Little Teapot Exercise“), are essential components in this course and will be utilized as well.
Note:Although Children’s race facilitators may employ UST material, this course should not be considered a replacement for the UST 101 nor higher UST levels of certification.
Terrain: Green through Blue Terrain.
The Children’s Specialist 1 is open to all discipline-certified Level I and above members as the beginning specialist credential in their journey of providing children the best possible Snowsports education. The CS1 candidate will learn and demonstrate their ability to identify and describe developmental theory and concepts in teaching snowsports to children as well as how to perform a successful movement analysis on one fundamental in one phase of the turn.
The Children’s Specialist 1 is a 16-hour Specialist program for all disciplines including a parallel event for Cross Country – Children’s Specialist 1. The clinic is designed around teaching children in groups utilizing the concepts and knowledge gained by studying the written materials and completing the Children’s Specialist 1 E-learning courses (or CS1 Cross country Workbook). The purpose of the program is to share and improve the candidate’s ability to provide great lessons to our largest customer base in Central Division, children.
Why: Children are the largest population we teach.
Understanding how the stages of ages of child development affect lesson planning and implementation is a critical step to successful snow sports lessons for children. Participants will learn tools for creating engaging and playful lessons. Play is how children learn. The CS1 program provides instructors a foundation on tips and tricks for creating age and stage appropriate fun for kids while providing a truly inspired safe, fun and educational experience.
Review the following educational materials:
(Found in the Education Resources section at the bottom of this page.)
Please plan on spending 4 – 6 hours to review the above materials and complete the CS1 e-Learning course. START EARLY.
Then complete the following:
(all linked in Education Resources below)
Register for and attend the CS1 Exam, which consists of: two 90-minute online sessions and a two-day or three-night on-snow assessment (see detail below).
ONLINE SESSIONS: two 90-minute online sessions, which will include a technical discussion, review of people, teaching and technical skills, and cover the concepts of movement analysis with children.
Prior to the second webinar prepare a lesson plan that features the following: (you will share this in the second session)
Pick two different ages to teach the same lesson to.
Choose the terrain of your choice in the green to blue zones.
Explain the motivations and hopes for the kids and parents in this lesson.
Identify the skiing or riding level of the student relative their stage and age of development.
Identify the stage of cognitive development for kids in this lesson.
Use CAP appropriate communications for the cognitive and social/emotional age of the students _share how you would do this and why?
Describe the differences for the two ages and stages of psychomotor development in your lesson.
Describe the differences in the cognitive development for the two ages and stages in your lesson.
List some social and emotional behaviors you would expect to see with the two age groups.
Make it playful.
** Find and register for an exam with the Events Calendar.
**All Written Exams & E-learning Courses must be taken online prior to registering for the on-snow portion of the exam. Be sure to check other prerequisites in the Certification Pathways Guide below.
Please read these instructions in their entirety before registering for the CS2 event as it includes several deadlines for workbook completion and submission.
What: The CS2 candidate builds on the knowledge gained in the CS1 and the discipline level as it relates to an individual child in the intermediate to advance zones. The assessment will expect the candidate to apply and blend developmental concepts and theory and children’s concepts in their own words. They will be expected to compare and contrast these concepts for the ages and stages for each child in a group as well as learn how to perform a successful movement analysis on more than one fundamental in all phases of the turn.
How: The Central Division CS2 process includes:
**Note: Maintain active certification status by paying annual dues and obtaining a minimum of 6 CEU’s every membership year (July 1 – June 30.) Any CEU hours greater than 6 obtained in a membership year will be applied towards the CEU requirement for the following membership year only.
The Pathway to Education Staff Portal describes the various ways a Central Division Level 3 Instructor can work his or her way towards becoming a member of the Central Division Education Staff as a Staff Member or as an Examiner.
Open to anyone meeting the prerequisites.
For more information, contact a Central Discipline Administrator.