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.

Mathematics Workshops


Project PRIME Plus - Provides middle and high school teachers with opportunities to explore Algebra concepts as they relate to misconceptions and assessments.  This is a project that has been in place for several years, and the focus for 2014-15 will be on promoting mathematical discussions and Common Core style instruction along with studying ratios and proportional reasoning.  If you would like more information about this program and how to register, please contact the Seaborg Center Office at 906-227-2002.

  • School Year 2014-15:  November 18, December 10, 2014;  and January 27, February 24, March 24, 2015.


Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties - Designed for 6-8 grade math and special educator teams.  Program goals include working toward student success with the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics by working with co-teacher teams. If you would like to register, please contact the Seaborg Center Office at 906-227-2002.

  • School Year 2014-15:  October 9, October 30, November 20, 2014.

EMATHS (Embracing, Mathematics, Assessment & Technology in High Schools) - professional learning experiences provide secondary mathematics teachers the opportunity to: 1) increase content knowledge and have deeper insights into mathematics, 2) maximize the effective use of technology in instruction, 3) use research-based pedagogy to create models of instruction that incorporate communication, inquiry and investigation; and 4) implement formative assessment for improved instruction in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra I.


Science Workshops

Modeling Instruction in Michigan - Amazing opportunity for high school Physics, Chemistry, and Biology teachers that supports the current college and career readiness standards.  The Modeling Instruction in Michigan program emphasizes active student construction of conceptual and mathematical models in an interactive learning environment.  Teachers will be trained through roles as students and instructor as they practice and engage in guided inquiry and cooperative learning.  Modeling in Physics will be held at the Seaborg Center next summer.  For more information and how to apply, please visit the Modeling Instruction in Michigan website.

  • Summer 2015:  Physics - July 6 - July 24, 2015

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. The next workshop is scheduled for September 2015.

Rethinking Technology Use for STEM Education - Detailed information can be provided by contacting Michael Donhost, Ed.D.

  • Academic Year 2014-15:  September 26, October 17, November 14, December 12, 2014; January 22 or 23, (split in small groups), February 19 or 20 (split in small groups), Individual sessions scheduled for March 2015.

** During the winter months and the possibility of severe conditions, please refer to our Inclement Weather Policy **