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

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.   More information about the Central U.P. Math Teachers' Circle can be found on our brochureCome join us for our next meeting of dialog and fun with mathematics.
  • School Year 2014-15:  February 22, 2015. Flyer
  • Summer 2015:  July 15-17, 2015.

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.

EMATHS (Embracing, Mathematics, Assessment & Technology in High Schools) - EMATHS has developed, field-tested, and refined professional learning experiences for secondary mathematics teachers. EMATHS has provided professional learning opportunities to over 1700 secondary mathematics teachers across the state of Michigan. With EMATHS, teachers explore multiple ways to find a solution while using a variety of tools. Teachers gain insight into how students might approach a problem.   Additional information about EMATHS and how to register can be found on this flyer or on the Macomb Intermediate School website.

Foundations of Math - The Michigan's Integrated Mathematics Initiative (Mi)2 assists the state in creating a cohesive and collaborative system of support and professional development among existing mathematics resources. The initiative identifies and promotes factors that facilitate improved outcomes for all students in mathematics.  Foundations of Math is a research-based training course for all educators of K-12 students who struggle with mathematics, including and especially those with Individualized Education Plans (IEP).  Information is provided on this flyer and dates for 2015 are listed below.

  • School Year 2014-15:  March 19-20, May 13, May 28-29, 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.

Science Workshops

Science and Engineering Practices  Click here to download the flyer.

Teachers:  Spend the day immersed in the research-based best practices for teaching, doing and learning science!

  • Identified by the National Research Council in 2011 in their Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Core Ideas, these practices have been embraced by the Michigan Department of Education as the way we should be teaching science in Michigan. 
  • This professional development will provide ways the practices can be incorporated into your classroom with the goal of engaging students in scientific conversation. 
  • The practices are “designed to enable students to continually build on and revise their knowledge and abilities, starting from their curiosity about what they see around them and their initial conceptions about how the world works.” (NRC, 2011)

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 a flyer or 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 **