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IM Certification

IM Certification for IM K–12 Math™ Professional Learning

Become an IM Facilitator certified by Illustrative Mathematics, helping educators deliver high-quality math instruction

Illustrative Mathematics (IM) is seeking talented educators to join our enthusiastic, dedicated and inclusive community of IM Certified FacilitatorsAt IM, we believe that all students should have the opportunity to experience grade-level mathematics through challenging and engaging problem-based curricula. IM Certified Facilitators have a unique opportunity to gain additional skills and strategies in supporting teachers implementing IM certified curricula in their classrooms. Facilitators earn certification in IM K–5 Math, IM 6–8 Math™, and/or IM 9–12 Math™. All are welcome to apply and we especially welcome applications from professionals with experience in urban schools, people of color, and teachers from Title 1 schools.

About IM Certification

IM Certification Overview & Benefits

All candidates attend a 3-day in-person certification training. Upon successful completion*, participants will:

  • Earn a one-year certification as an IM K–5 Math beta, IM 6–8 Math v. III and/or IM 9–12 Math v. I IM Facilitators certified by Illustrative Mathematics.
  • Receive exclusive invitations for additional trainings that prepare facilitators to provide advanced professional learning content.
  • Receive mentoring and support from IM to grow professionally.
  • Gain a prestigious credential from a respected non-profit mathematics organization.

Earn extra income delivering professional learning on behalf of IM.

*At the conclusion of the certification workshop, candidates must be recommended by the facilitator training leads to move forward in the certification process. Certification is not complete until candidates demonstrate success in facilitating an IM Professional Learning event.


Who Should Apply?

At Illustrative Mathematics we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and independent contractors. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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
  • Ability to travel in order to facilitate  professional learning engagements

Note: All IM Certified Facilitators must pass a background check

Participant Expectations

On acceptance into the IM Certification program, participants commit to:

  • Attending an in-person 3-day certification training.
  • Reviewing the IM K–5 Math beta, IM 6–8 Math v. III and/or IM 9–12 Math v. I teacher and student materials for all grades prior to the training.
  • Being available to facilitate professional learning on behalf of IM.

Certification Fees and Materials

Accepted applicants must cover:

  • Cost of travel to the certification training.
  • Meals on travel days.
  • Dinner on training days.

*Scholarships are available for all eligible candidates. Fee may be fully or partial subsidized based on commitment to provide future professional learning events.

IM will provide:

  • Training and materials.
  • Breakfast and lunch on training days.
  • The opportunity to join our dedicated community of IM Facilitators certified by Illustrative Mathematics.

How Do I Apply?

Complete the Facilitator Application Form to complete your submission. We look forward to receiving your application. Please note, the selection process will begin early next year (2020).

“Going through the IM Certification process has definitely helped me grow my skills and confidence as a facilitator. To know that the content I’m delivering is mathematically and pedagogically sound, and that I’ll get to train others to use it while also growing and learning along with the participants, makes traveling to different places and meeting new faces a fantastic experience.”

—Belinda Thompson, IM Facilitators certified by Illustrative Mathematics