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IM Certification FAQs

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about the IM Certified Facilitator Application and Certification Process

What happens after my application is submitted?

  • After completing the IMCF application, all applicants will receive an automated email confirming receipt. 
  • Candidates who meet minimum qualifications will be invited to complete a task that explores the applicants’ mathematics content knowledge and facilitation style. 
  • Applicants advancing beyond the task are invited to a video interview.
  • Applicants successfully advancing through each phase will be invited to attend a three-day in-person training as an IMCF candidate. Invitations to attend the in-person academy will be shared with successful candidates in mid-January 2020.
  • Applicants not advancing at any stage of the application will receive an email alert of their status.

What are the minimum requirements to become an IM Certified Facilitator:
Qualified candidates for IM Certification meet the following criteria:

  • share IM’s vision of “Creating a world where learners know, use, and enjoy mathematics”
  • experience teaching mathematics, 3 or more years preferred
  • experience providing professional learning and/or coaching to math teachers (or other equivalent experience)
  • excellent presentation, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • team player with a positive, outgoing, flexible attitude
  • willingness to learn alongside other facilitators and users of IM curriculum
  • high degree of accuracy and attention to detail 
  • problem-solving ability and initiative
  • familiarity with Google Docs, Slides, and Drive
  • availability to facilitate in-person professional learning on behalf of IM
  • reside in a geographic region where there is a demand for IM certified professional learning

If I am not invited to become an IMCF candidate, will I receive feedback?
The IM Certified Facilitator application attracts a large volume of highly-qualified applicants. Due to the volume of applicants, we are not able to provide individual feedback to each applicant. 

Can I submit another application to be an IMCF in the future?
We welcome educators to re-apply to be an IMCF in the future as your professional experiences evolve to align with the desired qualifications listed above.

If I receive an invitation, what are the costs associated with attending the in-person IMCF training?
IMCF candidates are required to cover all travel, lodging, and meal expenses associated with attending the training. IM provides lunch on each training day and the event hotel provides breakfast. The date and location of the spring training will be shared in January 2020.

What is the travel and time commitment? What are the possible locations?
Facilitators choose which events they facilitate. Most of our on-site professional learning events are either 1 or 2 consecutive days. We offer our professional learning throughout the United States.

How long are the professional learning events you offer?
Our on-site professional learning events are 6 hours per day plus lunch. Most of our on-site professional learning events are either 1 or 2 consecutive days. Our virtual professional learning events are typically 2 hours.

When are the professional learning events held?
Our professional learning events are usually held during the weekdays all year long, although there are many more summer events. Trainings are either held on-site or virtually, though most summer events are held on-site.

How often would you need me to provide in-person training?
We ask that all IMCF candidates commit to providing no less than 10 professional learning events June 2020–May 2021. These events could be a combination of on-site or virtual trainings.

I am interested in providing professional learning to my district.
If you are only interested in providing professional learning to teachers in your own district, you can join one of our leadership academies for a lower cost. However, if you would also like to provide professional learning on behalf of IM, then the IM Certification is more appropriate. 

Can I get certified if I have already gone to an IM Academy?
Because IM Certification includes more than the academies, all educators are required to apply and successfully complete each phase of the interview process in order to be certified. 

I am interested in using the IM curriculum in my classroom, school, or district. How can I learn more about the IM Curriculum?
IM Math is a problem-based core curriculum designed to address content and practice standards to foster learning for all. Students learn by doing math, solving problems in mathematical and real-world contexts, and constructing arguments using precise language. Teachers can shift their instruction and facilitate student learning with high-leverage routines to guide learners to understand and make connections between concepts and procedures. Click here to learn more about the curriculum and to connect with an IM certified partner.

How can I stay connected to the IM community?
Please stay connected with the IM community via Twitter, Facebook, and the IM Blog.