The Children’s Specialist 2 (CS2) is an assessment-based certificate program. This two-day program continues to build on an instructor’s knowledge and skills from the CS1 by:
– Focusing on the specifics of child development for young learners as they progress from the beginner/novice to advanced zones (all ages).
– Enhancing your technical understanding of the CAP model with movement analysis and teaching activities for children in all zones.
– Giving you an opportunity to hone your presentation and teaching skills in a peer-to-peer clinic setting.
– Participants are evaluated on their knowledge and expertise in teaching children and are awarded “Children’s Specialist 2” upon successful completion of this event.
The course standards can be found in the PSIA-AASI Children’s Specialist National Standards. In order to attain this certificate, you must complete the following requirements:
– Have a current PSIA/AASI Level 2 discipline certification and the CS1 certificate.
– Complete the CS2 Workbook, which must be received by the Division Office at least two weeks prior to your CS2 event.
– Participants must be prepared to present both indoor and outdoor assignments covering CS concepts in a peer-to-peer clinic setting. The assignments will be communicated to participants at the event.
The following topics are covered in CS2:
– The CAP Model: Applying CAP concepts in a variety of situations (All zones & ages)
– Teaching with Creativity: Applying creative strategies and tactics in a variety of situations (All zones & ages)
– Kid’s Movement Analysis: Exploration of the Real & Ideal Movement Spectrum (All zones & ages)
– Peer-to-peer teaching presentations on CS concepts
– Further examination of “The Theorists”: Bloom, Piaget, Maslow, Kohlberg, Kolb, et al.
Participants will be expected to meet the levels of competency defined by the Children’s Specialist 2 (CS2) National Standards. Participants will also be held to the knowledge and performance standards of their current discipline certification level. Because the CS2 is an assessment-based certificate program, to receive the certificate, participants must:
– Complete and receive at least an 80% score on the CS2 workbook.
– Receive a “meets standards” evaluation based on your participation at the CS2 event.
– Receive a “meets standards” evaluation based on your demonstrated ability to apply, analyze, synthesize and evaluate CS concepts in a variety of presentation settings at the CS2 event.
In regards to the on-snow presentations, participants should be prepared to:
– State your presentation’s objectives & provide a lesson plan overview.
– Identify & address the students’ issues & characteristics, and how you’d resolve.
– Explain & concisely demonstrate your lesson plan to your peers, and assess the group’s movements.
– When summarizing your plan, explain the concept’s applicability and value in your teaching model. Did you achieve your objectives? Why did you use your approach?
In regards to the indoor presentations, participants should be prepared to:
– Concisely state your presentation’s objectives.
– Explain and illustrate the concepts.
– Summarize: What did you present and why?
All participants will receive verbal and written feedback from their clinician.
Should a participant be unsuccessful at attaining CS2, the entire course will need to be taken again.