Professional Development

The Glenn T. Seaborg Mathematics and Science Center provides professional development for K-12 educators in Marquette and Alger counties, as well as serving as a regional hub for many Upper Peninsula professional development activities. The Center works closely with the Michigan Math and Science Center Network, Marquette-Alger RESA, and the School of Education at NMU to provide these opportunities for educators.


Upper Peninsula Beekeeping Conference - The first of its kind! A conference dedicated to the special challenges of keeping bees in Northern climates. We are happy to offer to our fellow beekeepers this educationally packed day that includes practical beekeeping information from our keynote speaker, Charlotte Hubbard. There will be many educational and informative breakout sessions. The conference will have something for everyone not just the beekeeper in mind. We have sessions on native pollinator habitats along with sessions geared towards beginners and seasoned beekeepers. There are four tracks to mix and match from; the beginner track, the advanced track, pollinator habitat/needs, and fun stuff! (candle, bees wax art, lotions, mead making, etc.) Vendors will be on site to meet all the beekeeping equipment needs of our attendees. Catering will be provided by Simply Superior, Northern Michigan University.

For more information please visit: Facebook or Eventbrite

Sponsored by: Travel Marquette


Science Workshops

Modeling Instruction in Michigan - This summer will our fifth year of hosting Modeling Instruction™ for secondary science teachers at the Seaborg Center.  The Modeling Instruction in Michigan program emphasizes active student construction of conceptual and mathematical models in an interactive learning environment. This professional learning opportunity has been enhanced so that the materials provided support the NGSS-based, Michigan Science Standards.  

Modeling in Middle School follow-up session on March 10, 2018. REGISTRATION
Date:     March 10, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where:  Seaborg Math and Science Center, Northern Michigan University
              West Science Building, Room 3617

Modeling in Physical Science -  Great for 9th grade teachers and NGSS aligned while also supporting a PLC of U.P.  Modelers who participated over the past four years in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Middle School Modeling.  For details on how you can participate, please contact the Seaborg Center. 

  • Dates:  July 23 - August 10, 2018
  • Location:  Seaborg Math and Science Center, Northern Michigan University
                     West Science Building, Room 3616
  • Details:  Flyer  |  Registration

Modeling Instruction in Michigan website.

Place Based Education (PBE) and the NGSS: The Seaborg Center is partnering with the Superior Watershed Partnership and the Great Lake Stewardship Initiative to bring professional learning related to using place-based education with students to the central Upper Peninsula.  This opportunity will highlight using our sense of place to supplement the storylines being developed to meet the rigors of 3D learning in the NGSS.   Participants will get a well-rounded picture of NGSS, using PBE as a lens for lesson development.  Grant dollars support substitute teacher costs and are available for school projects as well.

  • Focus: K-12 Educators (Science, but also Social Studies, ELA, and others).
  • October 13, 2017 – MARESA’s Fall Conference – Two PBE sessions (Seed to Salad & Invasive Species workshop)
  • November 9-11, 2017 – PBE Conference in Ypsilanti, MI
  • Four days of local professional learning workshops that will take place at the Seaborg Center.
    Register on WisdomWhere / Flyer
    • Grant dollars support substitute teacher costs and/or stipends.
    • Dates:  January 30, February 27, March 20, April 10, 2018
    • Six hours of online work in between face-to-face learning sessions
    • SCECHs or Graduate Credit offered
    • Lunch provided during the face-to-face meetings
    • Access to project funding to support participating teachers ideas in their classrooms.
  • March 31, 2018 – Beekeepers Conference.  For more information and to register please visit: Facebook or Eventbrite

    Sponsored by: Travel Marquette

  • Summer 2018 – Summer Institute TBD

U.P. Science Olympiad Coaches' Workshop - For Middle School and High School Teachers who are coaches or may be interested in coaching a Science Olympiad team.  Attendees will learn how to start a team, receive updated information about tournament events and free resources, as well as network with experienced Science Olympiad coaches from other U.P. schools. Please contact Science Olympiad Region 1 Director, Renee Jewett at 906-227-2002.

  • Date:  Friday, September 29, 2017. *Note: This workshop has been cancelled for this year.
  • Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Location: Seaborg Center, NMU, West Science 2806
  • 2017 Flyer / Online Registration
  • Regional Science Olympiad Tournament:  February 17, 2018; back up date:  February 24, 2018.

Engineering is Elementary - The application of science content knowledge toward solving problems is often under emphasized in today's classrooms.  Engineering is Elementary (EiE) aims to help with a kit-based approach using the engineering design cycle and challenges requiring K-5 students to meet design constraints.  Participating educators will receive support with kit rentals as well as implementing existing modules in their classroom.

  • Dates:  December 1, 2017 - First full day training session; or February 2, 2018 - Second full day training session (repeat of day one;)
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:  Seaborg Center, NMU, West Science Building Room 2806
  • Registration Form | Flyer

Next Generation Science Exemplar:  NGSS Professional Learning -  All Marquette and Alger County K-5 teachers and 6-12 Science teachers are invited to apply to participate in this five day workshop series. Participants will dive deep into the Next Generation Science Standards and the Science and Engineering Practices that will shape how our classrooms look moving forward in science education.

  • Pre-registration required:  Registration Form
  • Summer Institute:  "Action in Education", Marquette-Alger RESA
  • Dates: October 24, November 7, November 21, December 12, 2017 and January 23, 2018

    Science & Mathematics Integrated with Literacy through Engineering (U.P. Project SMILE) - The Upper Peninsula Project SMILE aims to provide professional learning for 6th-12th grade math, science, and technology teachers which will blend subjects to meet Science Engineering and Mathematics practices while utilizing Literacy as well.  Through technology, SMILE will break down the silos between content areas.

    • Project SMILE will continue for a third year, focusing on supporting educators through a PLC format, including 5 days of additional work on 3D printing, GIS, and integrating lesson designs.
    • Dates: October 16, November 13, and December 19, 2017 and February 28, March 13, 2018


    Mathematics Workshops

      Foundations of Math - This 5-day course deepens understanding of teaching and learning in Mathematics across grade levels. Foundations is a research-based training course for all educators of K-12 students who struggle with mathematics. The course is designed to develop educator’s knowledge of the mathematics they teach by seeing it through the lens of a well-delineated number sense.

      Participants will build deep foundational content and pedagogical knowledge, learn how to make solid instructional choices that positively impact students, connect procedures used in mathematics to conceptual understanding, and build mathematical understanding and accurately assess learning for a range of learners.

      For more information, view the Foundations of Math Program Overview or visit Michigan's Integrated Mathematics Initiative website.

      Add+Vantage Math Recovery Course 1 & 2 - This training is a two course model that provides teachers with a better understanding of how children learn math.  AVMR Provides:  Strengthened core instruction at the Tier 1 level, assessment tasks for use as screening tools to determine individual students for Tier 2 supplemental interventions, a common vocabulary and common awareness about the development of number, and how to analyze and modify instructional tasks for the whole class or smaller groups to meet the needs of a diverse range of students making differentiation a reality.  This workshop is designed for K-5 Teachers and K-12 Special Education Teachers.

      • Course 1 Content: Number Words and Numerals, Structuring Number,  and Addition and Subtraction 
      • Course 2 Content: Conceptual Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, and Multiplication and Division

      For more information, view the Math Recovery website.

      Add+Vantage Math Recovery Fractions - This course utilizes an online blended model that focuses on understanding fractions as part-whole relationships, as measures, and as numbers with meaning. The course will occur in a series of online and virtual sessions over a 3-month period, with expectations of implementation with students and participant interaction between sessions. AVMR Course 1 & 2 are not prerequisites for the Fractions Course. This workshop is designed for K-5 Teachers and Middle School Teachers.

      • 2018 Cohort 2 Dates: January 4, 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 22; March 8, 15.

      For more information, view the AVMR Fractions Course Brochure.

        FIRST Robotics Workshop - All new or experienced FIRST Robotics coaches, mentors, leaders, parents, volunteers, and interested college level students are invited to register for this second annual Robotics Workshop. Attendees will learn how to start a FIRST Robotics team or coach/mentor a returning team, how to join a team, how to locate free Web resources, experience both computer programming and building at every level, and network with experienced FIRST Robotics professionals.

        • Date: August 24, 2018
        • Time: TBD
        • Location: Seaborg Math & Science Center, NMU
        • 2018 Flyer / Online Registration


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