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 2013-14 will be on strengthening participants' pedagogical content knowledge for the mathematics they teach.  More information about this state-wide initiative can be found here.  If you would like to register for the Summer 2014 session, please contact the Seaborg Center Office at 906-227-2002.

  • Summer 2014:  June 23-24; July 10, 2014
  • School Year 2013-14:  September 20, October 25, November 8, 2013 and February 7, February 28, May 5, 2014.


POSTPONED - Central U.P. Math Teachers' Circle - A Math Teacher Circle is a combination of middle school math teachers and professional mathematicians who meet regularly to do math and problem solving for the pure enjoyment of it.  The goal is to renew the excitement and wonder of math for the teachers, which in turn gets reflected back into their teaching in the classroom.  Our true hope is to spread the joy of math back into the schools and the students who learn there.  Information flyer and registration form. 

  • June 25-27, 2014
  • School year 2014-15; TBA

Educators' Professional Development Institute Series (EPDIS):  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
  • Academic Year 2014-15; 30 hours TBA, Location - Seaborg Mathematics and Science Center, NMU
  • Summer 2015; 1 week TBA, Location - Copper Country ISD, Houghton, MI


Middle School Common Core Mathematics - Math Learning Team teachers are invited to participate in this one day, per grade level, professional learning workshop session to explore where MARESA schools are with implementing Common Core Math and upcoming assessments and to explore the standards, practices, and curriculum materials.  Sample materials are available for you to download:  Sequencing Guide 1, Sequencing Guide 2, Eight Mathematical Posters.

  • April 15 - 6th grade teachers
  • April 22 - 7th grade teachers
  • May 13 - 8th grade teachers

Greater Proficiency in Math Series (GPM) - Provides K-8 teachers with quality sustained professional development to improve instruction practice by building a deeper understanding of the mathematics concepts and practice in the Common Core State Standards.

  • June 17, 18, 19, 2014
  • January 24, February 21, March 14, April 25, 2014
  • Summer 2013:  July 17-19; 22-23


K-5 Common Core Math Series - Throughout the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years, the Seaborg Center has been working with Marquette-Alger RESA to provide K-5 elementary teachers with professional learning opportunities dealing with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.

  • 2012-2013 Grade level workshops for Standards Work, Sequencing Guides, On-line Assessments (materials)
  • 2013-2014 Workshops with Robyn Seifert:  Monday, January 27, 2014 K-2 Strategies; Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Grade: 3-5 Strategies

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)
  • Summer 2015:  Physics - TBA (15 days of training)

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. A tentative date for the next workshop is scheduled for September 26, 2014.


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

Coming Soon..

Rethinking Technology Use for STEM Education - September 2014 through March 2015; Dates and Details coming soon