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


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.

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 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.


Engaging Students in the Standards for Mathematical Practice - Workshop series for Mathematics Teachers grades 6-12 that will focus on the Common Core State Standards Mathematical Practices and will provide 90 hours of professional learning over two years.  The activities will include two, week-long summer institutes in 2014 and 2015, along with five full-day meetings during the 2014-15 academic school year.  Information flyer and registration form.  For more information, contact Chris Standerford, Director at 906-227-2092 or by email.

  • Summer 2014:  July 21-25, 2014; Location -  Copper Country ISD, Houghton, MI
  • Summer 2015; 1 week TBA, Location - Copper Country ISD, Houghton, MI

Science Workshops

Modeling Instruction in Michigan - Amazing opportunity for high school Chemistry and Physics 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 as both students and teachers and will learn how to develop models of physical world phenomenon and how to allow their students to learn through modeling, observation and discovery.  Information Flyer.

  • Summer 2014:  Chemistry - July 28 - August 15 (15 days of training)
  • Academic Year 2014-15:  Chemistry - October 25, 2014
  • 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 Saturday September 27, 2014.

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 **