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Children’s Education and Certification

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Children’s Specialist Events

Education Clinics & Workshops

Education Clinics:

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.

Children’s Race Clinic

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.

Online Webinars:

Webinars

  • Have a children’s webinar topic request?  Email info@psia-c.org.
  • Hybrid Exams include online webinar components. Please check those exam descriptions for details.

Exam Descriptions

Children’s Specialist I:

What: This interactive workshop exam is an assessment‐based certificate program offered to PSIA/AASI certified instructors designed to help instructors understand the stages and ages of child development and how it pertains to teaching snow sports.

CS1 certified instructors ski or ride as a current level 1 and teach more like a level 2.  The CS1 is similar to a level 1.5.

Participants will apply child development understanding into creative lessons plans for 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.

For Snowboard-specific Children’s clinics, The Fundamental Movements (Flex and Extension / Rotation) and Board Performance (Tilt, Twist, Pivot & Pressure) will be explored with fun applications for a children-specific clinic.

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. 

How: CS1 is a 2-day clinic; The clinic is designed around the concepts and knowledge gained by completing the Children’s Specialist 1 E-Learning course as well as reviewing the Children’s Instruction Manual, 2nd Edition & the PSIA AASI Children’s Specialist National Standards and other resources in the Education Resources below. 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.

Pre-requisites:

  1. Obtain Children’s Manual.
    (Find it in Education Resources below.)
  2. Complete Central’s CS 1 Study Guide. (Find it in Education Resources below.) Use the Children’s Manual to complete it.
  3. Complete Children’s Specialist e-learning course, using study guide to assist.
    (see Education Resources below)
    –Additional Resources on how to access the E-Learning Course on the Learning Management System (LMS) can be found here.
  4. Complete Children’s Specialist Teaching Log
    (see Education Resources below)
  5. 2020/2021 Hybrid Exam Procedure Register for and attend the pre-snow webinar where you will create a lesson plan the features the following:

    • Pick two different ages to which to teach the same lesson.
    • 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.
  6. Attend the on-snow validation session and rock the lesson plan you shared in the webinar!

  7. **CROSS COUNTRY: If you are participating in the CS1 Cross Country discipline Clinic; complete the CS1-XC Workbook-2018-19 Form Ext
    ***Please submit Cross Country Children Specialist handwritten 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
    **All Written Exams & E-learning Courses must be taken online prior to registering for the on-snow portion of the exam. To take your course/written exam please click here.
  8. Be sure to check other prerequisites in the Certification Pathways Guide below.

Children’s Specialist 2:

What: The program builds on your knowledge from CS1 with the focus placed on how children move.  As you complete the CS2 workbook, 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 playful and engaging age and stage appropriate learning activities to advance a child’s development in Beginner/Novice through Advanced Zone lessons. Additionally, you will be able to create specific stage and age appropriate lessons for each member in your class.  In CS1 you apply your knowledge to the group at large, in CS2 you create a specific lesson for each member within your class. You will have the opportunity to share your knowledge with the group and compare it to the CS National Standard.

CS2  certified instructors ski or ride as a current level 2 and teach more like a level 3.  The CS2 is similar to a level 2.5 .

Why: Great teachers understand the why and accurately assess abilities, determine the strengths of and opportunities within their student.

Great teachers know how to encourage and motivate the students at their specific age and stage of development. In this program, you will learn what it takes to be a great children’s snowsports teacher and will be recognized as one.

How: Similar to the steps in CS1, however, the lesson plan and on-snow skills validation will require the ability to manage the needs of up to 4 different students and provide a more prescriptive reason why the activities chosen will help the students. 

CS2 is a 2-day clinic with the pre-event requirement of a workbook. Participants will need a copy of the PSIA Children’s Teaching Manual and the Children’s Ski and Snowboard Movement Guide to complete the CS2-Workbook 2018-19 Form Ext (See Education Resources below.)

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.

Pre-requisites:

  • Children’s Specialist Level 1 certification
  • Complete and submit the CS2 workbook— at least 2 weeks ***prior to attending the clinic and must be submitted to the office before registering for the clinic.
    (See Education Resources below.)
  • Cross Country participants please note that there is no Workbook requirement for XC Children’s Specialist 2.
  • ***Be sure to check other prerequisites in the Certification Pathways Guide below.

***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.

Certification Pathway Requirements

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  1. Pay Central Division and National Dues

**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.

Children’s Specialist Level 1

Requirements:
  1. 1. Pay Central Division and National Dues
  2. 2. Have read and understood the National Standards for CS Level 1 Certification
  3. 3. Have attained a Level 1 certification or higher in any of the following disciplines Adaptive, Alpine, Snowboard, Cross Country or Telemark
  4. 4. Complete and pass all other pre-requisites for the CS Level 1 Exam, (see description above) — including the Children’s Specialist Level 1 E-Learning Course  prior to registering for the On-Snow portion of the exam.
    • Additional Resources on how to access the E-Learning Course on the Learning Management System (LMS) can be found here.
  5. 5. Attend and pass the 2-Day on-snow certification event

Children’s Specialist Level 2

Requirements:
  1. 1. Have attained a Level 2 certification or higher in any of the following disciplines Adaptive, Alpine, Snowboard, Cross Country or Telemark
  2. 2. Pay Central Division and National Dues and be current with the required number of Continuing Education Units, (CEU).
  3. 3. Have read and understood the National Standards for Children’s Specialist Certification
  4. 4. Submit the Children’s Specialist 2 Workbook* – You will need to bring a copy to your clinic (The workbook must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the clinic. Once the workbook is submitted you may register for the On-Snow clinic.
    **Be sure to check and complete all prerequisites for the CS2 Exam.
  5. 5. Attend and pass the certification exam.

Pathway to Education Staff

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.

Prerequisites:
  1. 1. Alpine Level 3 Certified and/or highest level of certification in discipline desired to teach as Education Staff.
  2. 2. Have an active trainer role at home resort ski school

Open to anyone meeting the prerequisites.

Education Staff Tryout Process:
  1. 1. Submit a written essay (required)
  2. 2. Submit a Video Portfolio of free-skiing and benchmarks (required)
  3. 3. After vetting/review, receive an invitation to the on-snow tryout based on materials submitted.
  4. 4. Prepare a 5-minute indoor presentation.
  5. 5. Participate in tryouts.
  6. 6. Upon successful tryout, to be hired immediately.
Requirements:
  1. 1. High degree of professionalism
  2. 2. Outstanding communication skills
  3. 3. Self-starter re: continued professional development in skiing and teaching abilities
  4. 4. Commitment to work when/as needed
  5. 5. Ongoing contributor to the PSIA-AASI Knowledge Base

For more information, contact a Central Discipline Administrator.

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