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.


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Science Workshops

Great Waters, Great Economy:  Part of the Your Water, Your Voice Campaign - This event is in partnership with the Center for Michigan’s statewide water campaign. The Center’s Your Water, Your Voice campaign aims to gather resident priorities for Michigan’s water resources and amplify those ideas to state leaders.  We want to hear how residents think state leaders should manage Michigan’s waters, from the Great Lakes to taps.   This facilitated dialogue will cover threats to surface water quality and how to balance environmental and economic interests.  During this meeting, we want to hear from YOU what your water priorities are, and how Michigan should approach growing our economy while caring for our waters.   

  • Date:  Wednesday, October 30,2019
  • Time:  6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Location:  Seaborg Center, NMU, West Science Building, Room 3615
  • About:  The Center for Michigan is a nonprofit and nonpartisan “think-and-do” tank located in Ann Arbor, and is the publisher of Bridge Michigan. Bridge Michigan is the state’s leading source for nonpartisan, nonprofit news and has been named “Newspaper of the Year” by the Michigan Press Association for four years running.

What you share at this town hall will be incorporated into the Center’s Citizen’s Water Agenda, a report on citizen priorities that will be delivered to every elected state leader. We are here to be your megaphone in Lansing!

Mi-STAR Professional Learning Program Curriculum for Teachers - Experience a full day of Mi-STAR curriculum, in collaboration with the Upper Peninsula Education Conference.  This professional learning experience will engage middle school teachers in science curriculum aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and three-dimensional learning.   At the conclusion of this one-day experience, teachers will have access and continued support to implement the Mi-STAR curriculum using an online learning portal.

  • Date:  Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Time:  10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (following Education Conference keynote)
  • Location:  Seaborg Center, NMU, West Science Building, Room 3615
  • Lunch and SCECH provided by registering for the Education Conference sponsored by Marquette-Alger RESA.

Registration Details:

  • Teachers will register for the UP Education Conference via Wisdomwhere.
  • Complete this brief Google Form to register for the Mi-STAR workshop.
  • Email Kim Smith, STEM Education Consultant, with any questions
  • Registartion Deadline:  Thursday, October 3, 2019.

Modeling Instruction in Michigan - This summer will our fifth year of hosting Modeling Instruction™ for secondary science teachers at the Seaborg Center.  The Modeling Instruction in Michigan program emphasizes active student construction of conceptual and mathematical models in an interactive learning environment. This professional learning opportunity has been enhanced so that the materials provided support the NGSS-based, Michigan Science Standards.

Modeling in Biology -  Great for life science teachers and now NGSS aligned while also supporting a PLC of U.P.  Modelers who participated over the past five years in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Middle School, and Physical Science Modeling.  For details on how you can participate, please contact the Seaborg Center. 

  • Summer 2019:  July 15-19; July 22-26; July 29-August 2, 2019.
  • Location:  Seaborg Center, NMU
  • Details:  Application open now

Modeling Instruction in Michigan website.

30th Annual Summer Institute

          Modeling Instruction in Science:  Next Gen with Amy Anderson and Dan Kilpela.
          Visible Learning in the Science Classroom featuring Dr. John Almarode with Chris Standerford.

Place Based Education (PBE): The Seaborg Center is partnering with the Superior Watershed Partnership and the Great Lake Stewardship Initiative to bring professional learning related to using place-based education with students to the central Upper Peninsula.  This opportunity will highlight using our sense of place to supplement the storylines being developed to meet the rigors of 3D learning in the NGSS.   Participants will get a well-rounded picture of NGSS, using PBE as a lens for lesson development.  Grant dollars support substitute teacher costs and are available for school projects as well.

  • Summer Session - Underwater ROVs w/ SquareOne Education Network - July 15-17, 2019
  • Flier
  • Please contact Chris Standerford ( for application details.

This workshop is supported by the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (Upper GLSI).  The Upper GLSI is a collaborative effort between the Superior Watershed Partnership and the Seaborg Math and Science Center.

Next Generation Science Exemplar:  NGSS Professional Learning -  All Marquette-Alger RESA K-5 teachers and 6-12 Science teachers are invited to apply to participate in this five day workshop series. Participants will dive deep into the Next Generation Science Standards and the Science and Engineering Practices that will shape how our classrooms look moving forward in science education.

  • Pre-registration required:  Registration Form | Flier
  • Location:  Seaborg Center, NMU
                     West Science Building, Room 2806
  • Dates: February 5, February 19, March 19, April 16, April 23, 2019.
  • Time:  8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • NOTE: NGSX is also being offered on site at the Dickinson-Iron ISD on Feb. 11, 25, Mar 13, 27, and April 17, 2019

MiSTAR PLF Workshop - Learning opportunity for middle school science teachers.  Contact the Seaborg Center for more information or to register.

  • Location:  Seaborg Center, NMU
  • Date:  July 10-12, 2019

      Computer Science Fundamentals: Kindergarten-5th  

      Through the newly formed MiSTEM Network and a statewide partnership with, Michigan educators have another opportunity to participate in the Computer Science Fundamentals workshop.  This professional learning workshop is for elementary educators and will be offered at two locations in the Central U.P.

      • August 14, 2019 - Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD (8:30am-3:30pm)
      • August 15, 2019 - Seaborg Center/Northern Michigan University (8:30am-3:30pm)

      This one day workshop for elementary teachers provides insight, context, and training for any educator hoping to introduce young students to a progression-based computer science curriculum called Fundamentals.  Registration is free, and materials, lunch, and SCECHs are all available, however, districts will need to provide their own substitute teacher costs.  Space is limited to 25 teachers at each site.  Please see the FLIER for more information and consider registering HERE.  This workshop builds on the important Computer Science work happening with's middle school Discoveries curriculum and the high school based AP CS Principles course both being rolled out across Michigan as well.  


      Mathematics Workshops

      Add+Vantage Math Recovery Course 1 & 2 - This training is a two course model that provides teachers with a better understanding of how children learn math.  AVMR Provides: Strengthened core instruction at the Tier 1 level, assessment tasks for use as screening tools to determine individual students for Tier 2 supplemental interventions, a common vocabulary and common awareness about the development of number, and how to analyze and modify instructional tasks for the whole class or smaller groups to meet the needs of a diverse range of students making differentiation a reality.  This workshop is designed for K-5 Teachers and K-12 Special Education Teachers.

      Course 1 Content: Number Words and Numerals, Structuring Number,  and Addition and Subtraction 

      Course 2 Content: Conceptual Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, and Multiplication and Division

      • Pre-registration required:  Online Registration | Flier
      • Course 1 Dates: June 24-25; July 11-12, 2019.
      • Course 2 Dates: August 12-13; 20-21, 2019
      • Time:  8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      • Location: Seaborg Center, NMU
        • West Science Building, Room 2806
      • Note: Participants must attend both Course 1 and 2.

      For more information, view the Math Recovery website.

      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.

      For more information, view the Foundations of Math Program Overview or visit Michigan's Integrated Mathematics Initiative website.

      Add+Vantage Math Recovery Fractions - This course utilizes an online blended model that focuses on understanding fractions as part-whole relationships, as measures, and as numbers with meaning. The course will occur in a series of online and virtual sessions over a 3-month period, with expectations of implementation with students and participant interaction between sessions. AVMR Course 1 & 2 are not prerequisites for the Fractions Course. This workshop is designed for K-5 Teachers and Middle School Teachers.

      For more information, view the AVMR Fractions Course Brochure.

        FIRST Robotics Workshop - All new or experienced FIRST Robotics coaches, mentors, leaders, parents, volunteers, and interested college level students are invited to register for this second annual Robotics Workshop. Attendees will learn how to start a FIRST Robotics team or coach/mentor a returning team, how to join a team, how to locate free Web resources, experience both computer programming and building at every level, and network with experienced FIRST Robotics professionals.

        • Date: August 2019
        • Time: TBD
        • Location: Seaborg Math & Science Center, NMU
        • 2018 Flyer / Online Registration

        Upper Peninsula Beekeeping Conference - The second annual conference dedicated to the special challenges of keeping bees in Northern climates. Designed specifically for fellow beekeepers, this educationally packed day includes practical beekeeping information from keynote speaker, Mike Conner, as well as various breakout sessions. Vendors will also be on site to meet the beekeeping equipment needs of attendees. A complimentary lunch will be provided by Simply Superior at Northern Michigan University.

        • Date: March 30, 2019

        • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

        • Location: Seaborg Math & Science Center, NMU

        • 2019 Flyer / Online Registration

        For more information please visit: Facebook or Eventbrite

        Sponsored by: Travel Marquette

        ** During the winter months please refer to our Inclement Weather Policy **