Project CRISS has active trainers in Canada and over 30 U.S. states. We have three tiers of trainers: District, National, and Master. These trainers are certified through Project CRISS, and must maintain their status to ensure quality delivery of CRISS professional development.
Master Trainers are certified to facilitate Introduction to Project CRISS workshops, follow-up workshops, consulting services, and Project CRISS Training of Trainers workshops for sustained implementation in any school, district, region, or state in the United States or Canada. Master Trainer certification is by invitation.
National Trainers complete rigorous certification requirements and are certified to facilitate Introduction to Project CRISS workshops, follow-up training, and consulting services. District Trainers interested in becoming a National Trainer should contact the Project CRISS National Office.
District Trainers complete certification requirements† to work within their schools and districts to deliver high quality Introduction to Project CRISS workshops and implementation support. They work with other District Trainers, administrators, and teacher-leaders to maintain CRISS implementation as part of an effective, embedded, long-term initiative. District Trainers usually work as an employee of a school or district, although some work for regional agencies, universities, service centers, or cooperatives.
If you want to offer Project CRISS professional development to your school or district, you will need to start your initiative with a CRISS National or Master Trainer. Contact the CRISS National Office (CNO) by phone at 1-877-502-7477 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to start the process. We will discuss your needs and find the right trainer* for you!
Do you want training or have a small number of staff you want trained? Project CRISS now offers regional Introduction to Project CRISS workshops. We will work with you to identify an existing training check our calendar here or to arrange a regional training in your area. Minimum and maximum registration numbers apply. Contact us by phone at 1-877-502-7477 or email for more information.
*We match trainers to requests whenever possible, taking into consideration audience grade levels and content areas, geographic location, and trainer availability.
†District Trainer certification requirements include:
- Certification as a classroom teacher.
- Participation in at least two (2) Introduction to Project CRISS workshops (12-24 hours each) prior to the CRISS Training of Trainers workshop. Both of these trainings should be within four (4) years of attending the Training of Trainers AND at least one must be with the most current edition of the training manual.
- Six months or more of classroom experience using the CRISS Frameworks for Teaching and Learning prior to participation in the CRISS Training of Trainers workshop. This experience may be as a classroom teacher or in collaboration with a classroom teacher.
- Successful completion of the CRISS Training of Trainers workshop (4+ days, 28+ contact hours).
- Successful apprenticeship at an Introduction to Project CRISS workshop (12-24 contact hours), under an experienced Project CRISS mentor trainer within 18 months of successful completion of the CRISS Training of Trainers. (Contact the CRISS National Office to identify an experienced mentor trainer.)
- Completion of two CRISS Framework for Teaching instructional plans. Candidates design and implement multi-day lessons, collect student work and student reflections, and submit these with detailed personal reflections to the CRISS National Office for evaluation.
- Broad knowledge of education research and theory specific to content discipline area comprehension and learning.
- Ability to train and coach K-12 teachers of all content areas, conduct the Introduction to Project CRISS workshop, and offer implementation support, unassisted, with fidelity to the Project CRISS Frameworks for Teaching and Learning.
In order to maintain District Trainer certification, District Trainers must facilitate an Introduction to Project CRISS workshop (12-hour minimum) at least once every two years. Trainers unable to meet this requirement must contact the CRISS National Office to determine a recertification plan prior to scheduling a new training.