About the Project

Illuminations influences the lives of teachers and students by offering them free resources, including more than 600 lesson plans, more than 100 interactive apps, and a suite of 12 math strategy games. Mathematics teachers use these resources to enrich the educational experience for teaching mathematics, and as increasingly more web apps become available as mobile apps, students are using these resources to learn everywhere by being able to play anywhere.

Illuminations is a partnership between the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Verizon Foundation. For more than a decade, Illuminations has offered standards-based resources that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. Its materials illuminate NCTM’s vision for school mathematics and promote the Council’s mission: “to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students.” 

Illuminations resources encourage students to discover maths in new ways, focussing on developing conceptual understanding rather than concentrating solely on skills. Each lesson plan contains detailed instructions that explain how a teacher can implement the lesson, while also learning about effective pedagogical strategies, providing helpful resources for immediate use and contributing to the improvement of teachers’ practice in the future.


April 24, 2019 (last update 09-10-2019)