Strategic Plan

Updated 2003-04 – 2008-09

Mission Statement

The mission of the Glenn T. Seaborg Center is to enrich science and mathematics teaching and learning for educators, students and community members of Michigan’s Marquette and Alger counties. The Seaborg Center mission embodies the spirit of Glenn T. Seaborg that continued pursuit for improvements in teaching and learning benefit all members of society.

Long Term Goals

The Seaborg Center aims to foster systemic improvements in mathematics and science education through accomplishment of long-term goals, which are to:

  • Coordinate and provide enrichment, professional development, curriculum support services, and programs to individual educators and educational agencies in order to meet increasing needs in science, mathematics, and technology education in Marquette and Alger counties;
  • Provide services to pre-college students, including under-represented and under-served groups, in order to increase and maintain their participation in mathematics and science;
  • Promote the effective use of educational technology in mathematics and science programs;
  • Maintain a resource center, online information and communication systems for educators in Marquette and Alger counties;
  • Initiate and support cooperative efforts aimed at meeting the science and mathematics educational needs of the Upper Peninsula (UP) populace by working collaboratively with other UP Mathematics and Science Centers, colleges, and community agencies;
  • Foster participation of Northern Michigan University (NMU) faculty and students in Seaborg Center activities;
  • Promote scientific and mathematical literacy and awareness in the community.

Leadership

The Seaborg Center provides leadership in mathematics and science education in Marquette and Alger counties by fostering communication, collaboration and coordination among multiple constituencies. These efforts result in program development and implementation for children and families, teacher professional development, technology modernization and incorporation, authentic evaluation, and collaboration in fund acquisition and resource development.

The Seaborg Center will continue to pursue long-term leadership goals, which are to:

  1. Build the leadership infrastructure for promoting science and mathematics education throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan;
  2. Provide leadership for mathematics and science education at regional and state levels;
  3. Inform constituents about state and national goals and objectives;
  4. Provide coordination of programming and dissemination of information about programs and services available to mathematics and science educators;
  5. Promote the effective use of technology in mathematics and science education in the Upper Peninsula;
  6. Coordinate external and internal programs and activities in order to maximize efficient use of resources;
  7. Pursue innovation and resource development through grant writing and community solicitation.

2003-04 – 2008-09 Intended Leadership Outcomes

  1. The Seaborg Center will advance mathematics and science education in the region and state by:
    • participating in the development and implementation of educational initiatives in partnership with the mathematics/science centers network, UP Center for Educational Development, Marquette-Alger RESA, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and similar groups;
    • supporting MDE curricular and evaluative standards and expectations in science and mathematics education through the dissemination of related resource information and modeling the effective use of such curricula through student service and professional development programs;
    • facilitating effective communication between MDE representatives, Northern Michigan University faculty and district educators throughout Marquette and Alger counties.
  2. The Seaborg Center will provide leadership in coordinating educational activities across the Upper Peninsula by:
    • sponsoring the mathematics and science components of the Educators’ Fall Conference and working with local, state, and national organizations to bring outstanding resources to the conference;
    • collaborating with informal educational agencies, such as the National Park Service, the Department of Natural Resources and the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, to coordinate the delivery of educational services;
    • working cooperatively with select state and national programs, local school districts and regional education service agencies to plan and provide professional development activities for teachers and educational programs for students.
  3. The Seaborg Center will increase the involvement of higher education faculty in pre-college programs by:
    • involving NMU faculty members in activities for K-12 students and teachers including:
      • presenting at conferences with visiting school groups and within area schools;
      • teaching in Seaborg Center-sponsored programs such as College for Kids;
      • participating in Science Olympiad and FIRST LEGO® Robotics;
      • serving on committees concerned with pre-college education.
    • procuring and making available instructional materials and technology for use by NMU faculty in teacher education courses.
  4. The Seaborg Center staff will have active involvement in national and statewide professional organizations and activities by:
    • contributing to statewide and national professional associations such as the MCTM, MSTA, and MESTA by making presentations at state conferences, serving on committees, and hosting annual conferences;
    • working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to distribute educational products and broker educational services through the NASA Educator Resource Center Network;
    • maintaining active membership in professional associations.

Student Services

The Seaborg Center develops, supports and conducts services that engage all students in hands-on and inquiry learning consistent with national and state standards and contemporary pedagogical techniques. Student activities and programs are designed to introduce and enrich their understanding of scientific and mathematical applications to real world phenomena, to advance their mathematical and scientific literacy, and to enhance their awareness of various career opportunities involving mathematics and science.

The Seaborg Center will continue to pursue long-term student service goals, which are to:

  1. Provide opportunities for pre-college students to experience science and mathematics in environments that convey the nature of contemporary science and mathematics and that motivate students to pursue the study of science and mathematics;
  2. Offer challenging enrichment programs that meet the needs of various student populations including gifted and talented students and under-represented and under-served students (minorities, females, low-income and students from small rural schools);
  3. Create an awareness of career opportunities in mathematics and science for students and their families.

2003-04 - 2008-09 Intended Student-Services Outcomes

  1. The Seaborg Center will offer a rich curriculum of science and mathematics programs for pre-college students by:
    • conducting “College for Kids” programs that include appropriate and varied curricular activities aligned with national and state standards utilizing hands-on and inquiry methods;
    • arranging and delivering presentations and services for schools throughout Marquette and Alger counties, including classroom visits from Journey Through the Universe scientists;
    • sponsoring and promoting the UP regional Science Olympiad;
    • supporting and assisting with the planning of the UP regional FIRST LEGO® Robotics competition;
    • utilizing distance-learning facilities of the Seaborg Center to expand educational opportunities for students;
    • working with the Marquette-Alger Regional Education Service Agency (MARESA) to develop and implement the “Young Women in Mathematics, Science and Technology” program.
  2. The Seaborg Center will increase access to information about career opportunities in science and mathematics available to students, parents and teachers by:
    • sponsoring teleconferences and other programming to provide students and parents with information about contemporary applications of mathematics, science, and technology and the opportunities for careers in those fields;
    • developing and conducting programs that allow pre-college students to explore careers in mathematics and science with interested professionals and agencies such as the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, NASA, Journey Through the Universe, etc.

Professional Development

The Seaborg Center supports, organizes and sponsors a variety of professional development opportunities for educators that include pedagogical strategies and curricular standards aimed at improving student achievement in mathematics and science.

The Seaborg Center will continue to pursue long-term professional development goals, which are to:

  1. Provide long-term professional development programs for mathematics and science teachers;
  2. Provide workshops, conferences and other programs on-site and with distance-learning technologies;
  3. Promote and demonstrate contemporary technologies and their uses in the classroom.

2004 - 2008 Intended Professional Development Outcomes

  1. The Seaborg Center will provide quality in-service programs and opportunities for professional development in the form of workshops, conferences, and other offerings for mathematics and science teachers by:
    • developing and providing relevant in-service opportunities, in accordance with LEA professional development plans for area teachers in the content areas of science and mathematics;
    • instructing teachers in the use of contemporary technologies in teaching science and mathematics;
    • sponsoring the mathematics and science components of the Upper Peninsula Educators’ Fall Conference;
    • supporting activities that encourage interactions and alliances among mathematics and science teachers through the MARESA Science and Mathematics Committee (SAM), the Michigan Mathematics Leadership Association (MMLA), UP Environmental Educators, Building a Presence in Science, etc.
    • utilizing the experience and expertise of NMU faculty, National Park Service personnel, Journey Through the Universe scientists and other agencies in presenting professional development activities.
  2. The Seaborg Center will effectively utilize contemporary technologies to provide professional development programs by:
    • expanding the use of distance technology for in-service programs;
    • employing distance-learning technologies to provide satellite-linked mathematics and science educational programs;
    • training teachers to utilize distance technology for instruction and professional development.

Curriculum Support

The Seaborg Center promotes this vision by empowering local educators and providing the support needed to enrich and improve their curricula and instructional methods in order to realize the goals of scientific and mathematical power and literacy for all students. Current visions of mathematics and science education, embodied in national standards for those disciplines, are predicated on active classrooms where students are personally engaged in constructing knowledge and making sense of their world.

The Seaborg Center will continue to pursue long-term curriculum support goals, which are to:

  1. Provide teachers and administrators with a clear vision of the national and state standards for mathematics and science education;
  2. Assist schools and teachers in the process of effectively aligning their curricula with national and state standards;
  3. Offer assistance with technology and material required for the implementation of mathematics and science curricula.

2004 - 2008 Intended Curriculum Support Outcomes

  1. The Seaborg Center will cooperate with Marquette-Alger RESA and schools throughout Marquette and Alger counties in developing and implementing their school improvement plans for science and mathematics by:
    • providing updates of state mathematics and science standards;
    • assisting schools in aligning their science and mathematics curricula with state standards;
    • offering workshops for teachers and administrators on new developments and interpretations of MEAP and other proficiency tests.
  2. The Seaborg Center will explore the potential of existing and emerging technologies to support the mathematics and science curricula in the schools by:
    • collaborating with Northern Michigan University faculty to assist district educators in enhancing their curricula through appropriate utilization of contemporary technologies;
    • assisting teachers in developing classroom activities that use applications of technology and align with Michigan Framework technology standards.

Resource Clearinghouse

The Seaborg Center provides area school districts with materials, resources and technology for the purpose of supporting mathematics and science curriculum and instruction. The center provides parents and families in the Marquette and Alger County communities with resource materials concerning mathematics and science-related careers and enrichment activities.

The Seaborg Center will continue to pursue long-term resource clearinghouse goals, which are to:

  1. Maintain a resource center available to teachers in Marquette and Alger counties;
  2. Develop electronic information dissemination and communication systems for educators in the service area;
  3. Serve as a clearinghouse for online accessible resource information;
  4. Establish greater awareness and utilization of the resources available through the Seaborg Center.

2004 - 2008 Intended Resource Clearinghouse Outcomes

  1. The Seaborg Center will maintain a resource center available to area teachers by:
    • procuring resources and replacing expendable and outdated resource materials;
    • promoting the availability of free educational resources available through the NASA Educator Resource Center;
    • soliciting contributions of current text series and other educational materials for examination and review by educators;
  2. The Seaborg Center will function as a clearinghouse for resource information by:
    • maintaining the Seaborg Center Web site, providing listings of resource materials available through the Seaborg Center and links to on-line resource information;
    • providing an online list of the free NASA educational materials available to educators through the Seaborg NASA Educator Resource Center.
  3. The Seaborg Center will work with other agencies to coordinate the availability of resources related to science and mathematics by:
    • offering area teachers curriculum and other instructional support materials for mathematics and science in-service programs and professional conferences;
    • providing district educators with information regarding training and professional-development opportunities.

Community Involvement

The Seaborg Center seeks cooperative ventures with local businesses, agencies and parents for the development of community mathematics and science programs. These activities demonstrate real-world applications of mathematics and science that engage the community in developing a better understanding of the power and value of science and mathematics education.

The Seaborg Center will continue to pursue long-term community involvement goals, which are to:

  1. Offer programs of interest to adults as well as to children;
  2. Work cooperatively with formal and informal educational agencies to bring science and mathematics to the community;
  3. Seek community support and involvement in advancing mathematics and science education.

2004 - 2008 Intended Community Involvement Outcomes

  1. The Seaborg Center will sponsor programming in science and mathematics education for the communities of Marquette and Alger counties by:
    • continuing the development and delivery of programs like College for Kids that actively encourage the participation of families in Marquette and Alger county communities;
    • offering events and presentations in science, mathematics, and technology topics for the community through agencies and programs such as Journey through the Universe;
    • sponsoring educational programming in cooperation with NMU public television and public-access channels.
  2. The Seaborg Center will collaborate with community organizations to bring science and mathematics to the public by:
    • involving the expertise of community professionals in activities through their participation as instructors and presenters in center programs;
    • supporting local educational activities such as the Kaleidoscope Kids Fair;
    • working with the Marquette-Alger RESA to reach parents through activities like “Young Women in Mathematics, Science and Technology;”
    • involving community members in planning activities and programs through participation on the Seaborg Center’s advisory board.