This is a 2-day event explores the CAP model (how kids think, move, and feel) and teaching progressions for children in different age zones. We will also explore children’s movement patterns “kids moveology”, and work on your own skiing/riding skills and improvement. On day 2 we cover building kid friendly teaching progressions with the Play Drill Adventure Summary method as well as focus on your own skiing/riding development. We’ll finish the day with informal group teaching presentations. This is a pass/fail event.Prerequisites:
Must be a Certified Level I Instructor, current with membership and actively working in a snowsports school. Must download and complete the CS1 Workbook (found at www.psia-w.org website under “Resources”) -it is handed in the first day of the event. Read the Children’s Instruction Manual, second edition published 2008 (use to complete workbook, available at www.thesnowpros.org in the Accessories Catalog), the Children’s Instruction Manual, 1st edition, and the Alpine Entry Level Guide for Children’s Instruction (available on the National website).
Children’s Level 1 Online exam Children’s Resources
Children’s Level 1 Online exam
It’s time to start thinking about personal and professional goals, and making plans to take advantage of the excellent development opportunities that PSIA/AASI-W will be offering this winter.
At registration you will have the option to select from the sessions below. There are educational events, Level 1 or the Level 2 accreditation taking place during this week of Children specific fun!
Children’s Level 1 & 2 Online exam Children’s Resources
Children’s Level 1 & 2 Online exam
Children’s Specialist L2 Feb 7th to 9th
This is a three-day event that assists instructors at designing and implementing creative, appropriate and movement oriented lesson plans for children 4-14. These lesson plans are focused at the high intermediate through expert level of the selected discipline. The idea is for the participants to demonstrate their ability to understand and use teaching principles provided in the Children’s Manual and other materials to develop polished and creative lesson plans. Each participant gives a full presentation lasting 45 minutes, with follow up feedback from the group on the last day of the course. Participants should have an in-depth understanding of the CAP Model utilizing previous lesson experiences. Real vs. Ideal movement patterns at higher skill levels will be reviewed. Creative and experimental lesson planning will be emphasized. This course is very interactive Prerequisites: Must be a Certified Level 2 or 3 Instructor (Alpine, Snowboard, Nordic, Adaptive), current with membership and actively working in a snowsports school. Must have completed the Children’s Specialist 1* Must complete the CS 2 Workbook (found at www.psia-w.org website under “Resources”) and deliver to the clinician on the first day of the event. *Level 2-3 certified instructors in any discipline may petition for special permission to skip the CS1 requirement.
What is a freestyle session? Find out here.
Please read Free Ride Accreditation for detailed information (found at www.psia-w.org website under “Alpine” then under “Free Ride Accreditation”). This 3-day event is for current Level I instructors wishing to teach guests free ride maneuvers on terrain and park features. This event will focus on assessing the skills needed to teach and demonstrate in both the park and pipe. The candidate will be assessed on 360s, Grabs, Rail Slides and Pipe Riding. It is a pass/fail format, with the candidates being required to accomplish all aspects of the minimum course requirements, both teaching and demonstrating. Candidates are expected to understand and incorporate concepts such as, speed, P.O.P., S.A.S.C., ATML, trajectory finding tools and overall park and pipe safety and etiquette.
Prerequisites: • Must be a Certified Level I Instructor, current with membership and actively working in a snowsports school. • Participants must complete the “Free Ride Written” found at www.psia-w.org under“Alpine” then under “Free Ride Accreditation”) and hand it in the first morning of the accreditation. • Participants must read the Park and Pipe Instructors Guide – Available for purchase through the Accessories Catalog found at www.thesnowpros.org
Divisional Trainers Accreditation (DTA) – Basic Q & A:
What is it? – A series of intensive trainings that culminate in an accreditation. There are both educational and evaluative components to the course. Explored skills include: group management, leadership, ski mechanics, pedagogy, and technical development. Graduates are invited to continue their training and development through ‘shadowing’ a level 1 exam and certain educational clinics; they also may be invited to Education Staff trainings. Not merely a ‘gateway’ to Ed Staff employment, the DTA is a course of training for the motivated expert looking to get better.
Who is it for? – Those with a current level 3 certification, who have attended the Resort Trainers series and would like to take their clinician skills to the next level, and/or for those who aspire to develop the requisite skills of an examiner. Invaluable for those who are self-motivated, willing to challenge themselves, invite critical feedback, committed to put in the additional time toward deliberate practice, and are ready to work independently to fully realize the outcomes introduced.
When & Where does it take place? – 4 days throughout the season at different resorts, see calendar for schedule dates and locations. Note: you must commit to attend all four days in order to participate.
Why does it exist? – The accreditation was created as a means to foster the continued professional development of the fully certified instructor; it also allows for a developmental pathway for those who aspire to apply for position openings for the PSIA-W Education Staff.
Alpine: Day one:
Level 1 is about skills concept, level 2 cause and effect, understanding body performance and ski performance, level 3 is about versatility and DTA about depth of knowledge.
Break group in to pairs. Have everybody watch ski performance and body performance first on the landing of hop turns. Share observations with group. Then on the take off maneuver in leapers, share observations with group. Then the shaping phase only of extension retraction turns, share observations with group.
Next have everybody give a 10 to 15 minute clinic to the rest of the group on their weakness, and how to improve upon it. At the end of each clinic a quick discussion about areas needing improvement (pretty consistently this was make sure you chose the drill or movement patterns that best highlights your topic, i.e. to work on precision on blocking pole plants use short swing turns rather than short radius turns) and areas addressed well.
Assign a topic to them the morning of based off a large picture weakness in their skiing and have them present a 30-minute clinic to the group. Discuss the differences between a clinic and a lesson, for example how you talk with the group, how you lay out your drills and how you check for understanding. At the end of each clinic discuss how they preformed and what they did well and where to improve.
End of day: give everybody goals for clinics and personal skiing to work on before next training days.
Have everybody present a 30-minute clinic off the prepared clinic list on DTA handout. Feedback at end of clinic.
End of day: Sit down with each person individually and discuss pathway towards ed staff for them. The four areas everybody needs to complete are: CS2, 500 word article of our choosing (designed to make them explore an area of weakness), shadow a level 1 exam, and continue to improve and meet skiing and clinic feedback.
Children’s Specialist L2
This is an optional two-day education/skiing improvement clinic aimed at our Senior members looking for a fun way to earn educational credit, ski and socialize with fellow Senior instructors. This event is open to any member regardless of certification level. Groups will be divided by the terrain you prefer to ski. This is also a great opportunity to ski two of Tahoe’s premier ski resorts in one clinic! Sunday will be a mix of skiing and teaching at Alpine Meadows. We will coach your personal skiing and we will explore teaching ideas and progressions for intermediate and advanced Senior skiers. We will also include a fun and comfortable exploration of one of the West’s greatest ski resorts. Sunday evening there will be an optional dinner/get together at a moderately priced restaurant for some socializing and exchange of ideas. Monday we will explore Squaw with emphasis on skiing improvement. We will also use video analysis to help you refine your skiing skills. This is a great opportunity to get together and have some fun with your fellow Senior instructors, ski two great resorts and earn two days of educational credit.
SENIOR SPECIALIST L1
This event is designed for Level 1 certified Alpine instructors. This two day event encompasses skiing improvement, video analysis and senior skiing and teaching models for beginning and intermediate senior skiers. Your teaching will be evaluated the afternoon of the second day (no skiing test). Successful candidates will receive our Senior Specialist Level 1 pin.
SENIOR SPECIALIST L2
This three-day event is for Alpine Level 2-3 certified instructors of any age who would like to improve their skills working with all levels of senior skiers. Course includes in-depth study of the technical and tactical elements of contemporary skiing and modern equipment as applied to seniors. We will study how modern technique can optimize strength and balance, and expand enjoyment. We will also cover how to work with seniors in terms of pacing a lesson, group dynamics, and flexibility to student’s physical limitations. This is a Teaching Clinic & Exam. You will be evaluated on your teaching. The Accreditation Clinic includes coaching your skiing, video analysis and personal skiing improvement, but there is no skiing exam.
Spring Convention this year is April 27-29, 2018 at Mammoth. More info to come as the season goes on, but you can start planning ahead for a weekend of fun! Exams are before convention. No exams after Convention.
Lodging Deal Call 1-800-Mammoth Group Name: PSIA-AASI, Booking ID # 24679
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Did you know, customized events can be arranged. We strongly encourage participating in the current events we have scheduled on our Calendar however if you are so inclined to organize a group with your school Directors approval with a minimum of 5 participants, you may complete a Traveling Event Request. Not all traveling events will be approved. Please look at Calendar of Blackout Dates prior to submitting a request.
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