Catch Up on OPTIMAL Learning & Katherine Hayes Rodriguez’s Distinguished Service Award

New PSIA-AASI First Chair Podcasts share how you can implement OPTIMAL Learning in your lessons, and how 2022 Distinguished Service Award honoree Katherine Hayes Rodriguez’s leadership and dedication to instruction impacted adaptive instruction.

Horst Abraham and Josh Fogg Talk About OPTIMAL Learning

First Chair catches up with Horst Abraham and PSIA Alpine Team member Josh Fogg about motor learning theory known as OPTIMAL Learning (Optimizing Performance Through Intrinsic Motivation and Attention for Learning). This is a theory that explains the well-established effects of motivational factors (enhanced expectancies, autonomy, support) and attentional factors (external focus) on performance and learning. Learn how this has practical implications for teaching and coaching your students.

Katherine Hayes Rodriguez Receives PSIA-AASI’s Distinguished Service Award

First Chair chats with Katherine Hayes Rodriguez, who was recently honored with the PSIA-AASI Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to support the success of PSIA-AASI and its members. Katherine’s long-term commitment and dedication to adaptive snowsports has provided educational programing and support to national initiatives. Since serving as one of the original examiners in the initial 1985 adaptive exam and writing the first PSIA-AASI adaptive manual, she has continued to demonstrate positive leadership skills and foster connections with and between members, including serving as a mentor. Congrats, Katherine!