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)–#CCSSmathIllustrative
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.

IM
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
educators.”

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
experiences.”

“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 www.illustrativemathematics.org.

Contacts

Eicher Communications
Leslie Eicher, 314-965-1776
Leslie@EicherCommunications.com

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