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.


Science Workshops

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 | Flyer
  • 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

Science and Literacy:  Elementary - Provided with support from the Math and Science Center Network. Contact the Seaborg Center for more information or to register.

  • Location:  Marquette-Alger RESA, Teleconference Room
  • Time:  8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Date:  November 26, 2018 and February 20, 2019

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

  • Location:  Copper Country ISD
  • Date:  November 30, 2018

Place Based Education (PBE) and the NGSS: 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.

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.

  • Pre-registration required:  Registration Form | Flyer
  • Location:  Glenn T. Seaborg Center for Teaching and Learning Science and Mathematics, NMU
                      West Science Building, Room 2702
  • Dates:  September 27, October 17, October 18, November 1, 2018 
  • Time:  8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
  • Focus: K-12 Educators (Science, but also Social Studies, ELA, and others).
  • Four days of local professional learning workshops that will take place at the Seaborg Center.
    • Grant dollars support substitute teacher costs and/or stipends.
    • SCECHs or Graduate Credit offered.
    • Access to project funding to support participating teachers ideas in their classrooms.

    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.

    October 18, 2018 - Dickinson-Iron ISD (8:30am-3:30pm Central Time)
    October 19, 2018 - Seaborg Center/Northern Michigan University (8:30am-3:30pm Eastern Time)

    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 FLYER 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.  

    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 Physical Science -  Great for 9th grade teachers and NGSS aligned while also supporting a PLC of U.P.  Modelers who participated over the past four years in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Middle School Modeling.  For details on how you can participate, please contact the Seaborg Center. 

    • Fall Follow-up:  This session has been postponed.  Make-up date TBD
    • Location:  To be determined
    • Details:  Flyer  |  Registration available soon

    Modeling Instruction in Michigan website.

    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 Jewett at 906-227-2002.

    • Date:  *Note: 2018 workshop has been canceled.
    • Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
    • Location: Seaborg Center, NMU, West Science 2806
    • 2017 Flyer / Online Registration
    • Regional Science Olympiad Tournament:  February 16, 2019; back up date:  February 23, 2019.

    Engineering is Elementary - The application of science content knowledge toward solving problems is often under emphasized in today's classrooms.  Engineering is Elementary (EiE) aims to help with a kit-based approach using the engineering design cycle and challenges requiring K-5 students to meet design constraints.  Participating educators will receive support with kit rentals as well as implementing existing modules in their classroom.

    • Dates: TBD
    • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Location:  Seaborg Center, NMU, West Science Building Room 2806
    • Registration Form | Flyer


    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.

    • Project SMILE will continue for a third year, focusing on supporting educators through a PLC format, including 5 days of additional work on 3D printing, GIS, and integrating lesson designs


    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.

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

    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
    • Dates: Winter/Spring 2019 TBD
    • Location: Seaborg Center, NMU

    For more information, view the Math Recovery 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: TBD
      • Location: Seaborg Math & Science Center, NMU
      • 2019 Flyer / Online Registration

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