Creating Self-Directed Learners: An Introduction to Project CRISS (Online)

Are you looking for active, immediately applicable, and interesting professional development? Do you want time to reflect and plan and to make connections to the other initiatives in place at your school? Whether you're dealing with Marzano, Danielson, Common Core, differentiation, growth mindsets, project-based learning, flipped classrooms, or some other "next big thing", Project CRISS can help. With 30+ years of experience, we deliver simply good research-based professional development that remains grounded in student-ownership, teacher-relevance... and affordability.

We now offer our Introduction to Project CRISS workshop online! Participate in this live workshop from comfort of your own home. The same core content is covered but the mechanics are different. Join one of the workshops open to all registrants (below) or schedule one just for the educators in your school or district. Graduate credit will be available.

Project CRISS professional development hours are accepted by most states and provinces. Please contact us if you are concerned about your state's requirements!

Schedule & Syllabus

Each workshop includes four, four-hour long sessions starting at 8 AM Mountain. To receive credit for completing the course, participants must be on time for and actively participate in all sessions.

Summer 2016 Workshop Dates:

  • June 20, 21, 22, and 23
  • July 18, 19, 20, and 21
  • August 8, 9, 10, and 11
Use this form to register.

Need different dates/times? Contact us - we're happy to add workshops. A minimum of six participants is needed per session.

The research-based principles and philosophy behind Project CRISS will be introduced in the first session. We'll practice with everal high-impact strategies that easily cross grade levels and subject ares then participants will take on the student role to see how how everything fits together in a social studies lesson.

In the second session, we'll focus on addressing the Craft and Structure of texts along with a variety of vocabulary strategies. A second classroom lesson, focusing on science, will look at using new strategies to integrate information from multiple sources but also how to tweak istruction so students can use familiar strategies more effectively and independently.

The third session incorporates more vocabulary strategies along with some that help promote critical questioning. A third classroom lesson focuses on a current events research paper and complements strategies introduced to scaffold struggling writers.

The final session focuses on implementation: What will you bring back to your classrom? What adjustments need to be made to your planning method to ensure students own not only strategies but their entire learning process?

Time to reflect on classroom applications is prioritized in every session.



Live sessions require a high-speed internet connection, the ability to type responses in a chat box in a timely manner, and a computer with speakers. You are encouraged to have a microphone or headset to participate in small group discussions though not required as you can participate by typing. Connection details for the sessions will be provided via email. There are no additional fees for online tools.


The per-person fee is $110. Register as a team and each person receives $20 off! Register with this form!

The course fee includes the CRISS 4e manual and electronic files; students may choose to print materials. Individuals needing to drop may re-register for a future session within a year at no additional charge. A minimum number of registrants are required. If the minimum is not met, fees will be refunded, otherwise there are no refunds.

Graduate Credit

One continuing education graduate credit from the University of Montana is available for an additional fee of $175 paid to Project CRISS. Assignments for graduate credit must be submitted by Nov 15. A separate registration must be completed by the third session. No refunds for graduate credit.