Seaborg Center Receives Grant


The Glenn T. Seaborg Center for Teaching and Learning Science and Mathematics at NMU is one of five Upper Peninsula centers that will share in a two-year, $1 million Math-Science Partnership grant from the state.


The purpose of the program is to create a professional development model that will lead to improved student achievement in mathematics. The model will address the critical need for teachers to have time to work in collaboration, to focus on data-identified content needs in mathematics, and to examine instructional practices.


The grant will be used to create Mathematics Learning Communities that focus on offering professional development in mathematics for middle school and high school teachers. The training will be comprised of content-specific workshops, university courses and summer institutes all focusing on math strands identified as weak by MEAP data analysis for the participating schools. University classes specifically selected for this project will also be offered via distance learning to all five center sites during the school year.


Teachers involved in the program will become part of a Mathematics Learning Community, participate in the Survey of Enacted Curriculum project, and become knowledgeable in the lesson study process. They will also learn to use appropriate data to create school improvement goals that focus on student achievement in mathematics.


Professional development for the grant will be provided by the mathematics and computer science department at NMU, along with engineering and technology faculty from Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State University .


The other centers sharing in the grant are the Dickinson-Iron-Menominee Mathematics, Science and Technology Center; the Eastern U.P. Math Science Center; the Northwoods Mathematics, Science and Technology Center (Delta-Schoolcraft ISD); and the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.


The directors of the five centers will meet on Aug. 31 at the Seaborg Center to begin planning the activities for the year.


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