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Illustrative Mathematics Introduces IM Certification Program to Meet Demand for High-Quality, Job-Embedded Professional Development for Teachers

Illustrative Mathematics Introduces IM Certification Program to Meet Demand for High-Quality, Job-Embedded Professional Development for Teachers

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TUCSON, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#CCSSmath--Illustrative

Mathematics (IM) today announced the launch of its IM Certification™

program, which trains qualified mathematics educators to deliver

scalable, high-quality, expert-developed professional learning

experiences that support adoptions of the acclaimed Illustrative

Mathematics curriculum.


Certified Facilitators lead school and district PD on IM’s behalf,

supporting districts that have adopted the organization’s acclaimed

middle school curriculum, Illustrative

Mathematics 6–8 Math.

“Our curricula are research-based, expert-authored, standards-aligned,

and meet stringent quality benchmarks,” says Illustrative Mathematics

CEO, Lisa O’Masta. “Our IM Certification program is held to the same

high standards as our curriculum, and it reflects the latest research on

best practices for supporting professional learning for mathematics


In response to increased district demand for IM-led professional

development, the nonprofit has launched a competitive certification

program to discover and train future facilitators. The first cohort of

facilitators-in-training will be announced in July 2018.

“Teachers using IM’s high-quality instructional materials need

structured, long-term support for improving instruction and

internalizing the protocols they need to continue their learning,

independently and in collaboration with their peers,” says Katie Martin,

lead secondary math teacher for New Hanover County Schools in

Wilmington, North Carolina. “We consider a facilitator’s 'IM Certified'

stamp shorthand for quality and expertise, both in mathematics and in

delivering to teachers and coaches the very best professional learning


“Switching to problem-based instruction requires a shift in teaching

practice for many teachers. Even when schools adopt a coherent,

well-aligned curriculum, they are often missing job-embedded

professional learning supports,” says IM founder Dr. Bill McCallum. “To

have an impact mathematics teaching and learning at scale and to close

the achievement gap, teachers need access to both high-quality

curriculum materials and complementary professional learning. We are

excited to welcome into the IM fold this cohort of talented educators

who will deepen the impact of our curriculum on students and teachers.”

About Illustrative Mathematics

Illustrative Mathematics is a nonprofit organization dedicated to

creating a world where learners know, use, and enjoy mathematics. We

develop and deliver core mathematics curriculum along with deeply

integrated professional learning experiences that ensure students

receive engaging, high-quality mathematics instruction. Learn more at


Eicher Communications

Leslie Eicher, 314-965-1776

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