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.


Leadership Teams:  We are excited to bring back the Science (SLT) and Math (MLT) Leadership Teams.  Our goal is to create an efficient, two way communication channel you can rely on for the latest information from the state and we can rely on to disseminate that information.  The model is have a science and math leader and friend in each building to build partnerships across districts as we move forward with science and math education in the central U.P.

  • Science Leadership Team (SLT)
    Location:  Seaborg Center. West Science 2702
    Date:  February 23, 2016
    Time:  8:30-3:00
  • Math Leadership Team (MLT): 
    Location:  Seaborg Center, West Science 2806
    Date:  March 2, 2016
    Time:  8:30-3:00


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.  Flyer / Registration

  • August 1 - 5, 2016 - 3D Printing and Computer Coding
  • August 8 - 12, 2016 - GIS and Vernier Probes
  • School Year 2016 - 17 - 9 days on research based practices to improve student learning.
  • Note:  Participation in all program dates is required


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.

Dates:  March 17-18; May 18, May 26-27, 2016.  All sessions will be held at Marquette-Alger RESA.

For more information view our Foundations Flyer or visit our Registration website.


Math Teachers' Circle - Building Mathematical Communities of K-12 Teachers and Professors.  Math Teachers’ Circles are professional development communities of middle level math teachers and professors who meet regularly to do math and problem solving for the pure enjoyment of it.  They are a powerful way to bridge the traditional educational divide by providing an opportunity for teachers to enrich their own experience of mathematics and for professors to share their enjoyment of mathematics while learning more about K-12 education. Our true hope is to spread the joy of math back into the schools and the middle school students who learn there.   Come join us for our next meeting of dialog and fun with mathematics.  Information flyer.

  • Location:  Ore Dock Brewery, Marquette, MI
  • Date:  February 25, April 28, 2016
  • Time:  6-8 p.m.
  • RSVP to or office:  906-227-2002

Science Workshops

Learn Local:  Teaching Winter - Learn how to explore winter with your students!  Fun, hands-on multidisciplinary activities you can use to explore our Upper Peninsula winter with your students.  Substitute teacher costs are covered.   This professional learning event is sponsored by the Superior Watershed Partnership Upper Great Lake Stewardship Initiative and the Seaborg Center. 

  • Where:  Seaborg Center, Northern Michigan University
  • Date:  March 15, 2016
  • Time:  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm / Lunch provided
  • Flyer / Registration


Modeling Instruction in Michigan - Amazing opportunity for high school Biology, Physics, and Chemistry 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 Biology will be held at the Seaborg Center next summer.  For a flyer or information and how to apply, please visit the Modeling Instruction in Michigan website.

  • Summer 2016:  Biology - July 11 - July 29, 2016
  • Fall 2016:  Biology - TBA

Coding & Circuits for Cultivating Potential & Opportunity for Students (C3PO) - We are excited to offer this creative technology based professional leaning opportunity through a grant from the Michigan STEM Partnership.  Our goal is to tap into & unlock student creativity through these concepts:  Play and tinker with coding and simple circuits, Teach technology to sense and respond to you, Blend STEM skills into many cross disciplinary uses, and connect local business and industry partners with student work and success.  Participating teachers will receive a free inventor kit worth $100.  More details can be found on our flyer.

  • Teachers Grades 5-9.  Space limit to 15.
  • Substitute teacher cost reimbursed.
  • Fall 2015 (three day training):  October 15, November 10, December 10. 

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 Kivioja at 906-227-2002.

  • Workshop date:  Friday, September 25, 2015.  More information can be found on our flyer.
  • Science Olympiad Tournament date:  February 2016.



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