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Project CRISS

Heartland AEA provides professional development for Project CRISS (CReating Independence through Student-owned Strategies) through training, coaching and ongoing implementation support. Project CRISS is a professional development program designed to help students of all abilities learn content information through reading, writing, talking and listening.

The 2012 Project CRISS 4th Edition manual, Helping Teachers Teach and Learners Learn, clearly articulates the concept of metacognition within two frameworks: the Framework for Teaching and Framework for Learning. Components of The Framework for Learning include the following Elements of Metacognition: background knowledge, purpose setting, author’s craft, discussion, writing, visualizing, organizing and purposeful reflection by teachers and students. The Framework for Teaching keeps the lens on metacognition with a focus on the teacher's instructional role and the upfront planning needed to ensure student engagement, transformation and reflection.

For more information or questions, contact:

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Sue Ford
Professional Learning & Leadership Consultant
CRISS Certified District Trainer
(800) 255-0405 ext. 15005

Find a list of resources, including a learning plan template, which can be used when implementing Project CRISS in the classroom.


Find resources on content specific strategies that teachers may find helpful. 


Find lesson plans that have actually been used in the classroom.


Find videos provided by practicing teacher teams on strategies and practices using Project CRISS.

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