Illustrative Mathematics

IM Certified™ professional learning

The Mathematics Institute of Wisconsin is proud to be a certified partner of Illustrative Mathematics(IM) 6-8 Math professional learning. The highest-rated curriculum on EdReports, the IM 6-8 curriculum is a free resource. IM certified professional learning includes a full suite of offerings tailored to complement the IM 6-8 curriculum 
and build educator capacity to implement the materials with fidelity.

IM Learning™ 6–8 Math

Ensure the masterful implementation of Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math and improve student outcomes with IM professional learning.

Choose from a variety of different professional learning opportunities to deepen your team’s understanding of the curriculum, increase their familiarity with the curriculum materials, and make meaningful shifts in their instructional practices.

Illustrative Mathematics Facilitators lead 6–8 Math trainings, providing districts and schools with a foundation for successful curriculum implementation. Many packages include ongoing unit-by-unit training throughout the year that builds on the foundation to support coaches and teacher leaders working with other teachers within their school or district. Each unit training offers a deeper look into both the mathematics and routines within individual units.

Depending on the duration of the package you choose, participants will:

  • Examine the curriculum architecture, including the structure of a lesson, coherence in the curriculum, and balance in the curriculum
  • Be introduced to the curriculum materials, including practice problems and assessments
  • Discuss the norms, routines, and structures
  • Explore the built-in supports
  • Learn to anticipate common issues teachers may encounter with the curriculum and its implementation (For coaches only)

Learn more about bringing IM Learning™ to your school

IM Learning™ Instructional Academies

(Two days on-site + 8 two-hour virtual trainings)

Two-Day Introduction to the 6-8 Curriculum
Working with an IM certified facilitator, participants explore the problem-based lesson structure of the curriculum and learn to leverage both the 5 Practices framework and instructional routines to foster student discourse. Participants also discover embedded mathematical routines for English learners and prepare to teach Unit 1.

Virtual Trainings

Get an overview of the 6-8 units to gain an understanding of the important mathematical ideas you’ll cover, with time reserved for Q&A

Participant Learning Outcomes

  • Review how the curriculum builds coherence through purposeful sequencing of activities, lessons, and units.
  • Learn how the curriculum balances conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and applications.
  • Explore how the curriculum uses practice problems, extensions, and assessments.
  • Discover how the materials support students’ mathematical language development, particularly for English language learners.
  • Internalize the importance of norms in a discourse-driven classroom.
  • Discuss how the curriculum uses the 5 Practices framework, norms, and routines.
  • Implement number talks and info gaps.


Day 1:
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Problem-based Lesson Structure
Introduction to the Materials
Material Exploration

1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Assessment in the Curriculum
Supports for English Learners
Supports for Students with Disabilities
Practice Problems and Extensions

Day 2:
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

5 Practices Framework
Instructional Routines in the Curriculum

1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Facilitated Unit 1 Planning
Classroom Norms

Upcoming IM Learning™ Instructional Academies

August 21-22, 2019, Waukesha, WI

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