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.

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

Professional Learning Opportunities

Add+Vantage Math Recovery Course 1 - This training 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-3 Teachers and K-5 Special Education Teachers.

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

  • Pre-registration required:   Online Registration | Flyer 
  • Virtual Scedule/Dates: June 22-25; June 29-30; July 1-2, 2020.
  • Time:  9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
  • Facilitator -  Renee Jewett, Program Coordinator/STEM Education Consultant.

For more information, visit the US Math Recovery website.

Computer Science Fundamentals: Kindergarten-5th  
Through the newly formed MiSTEM Network and a statewide partnership with in 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 three locations in the Upper Peninsula.

  • June 10, 2020 - Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD (8:30am-3:30pm)  |  Flyer  |  Canceled
  • June 16, 2020 - Seaborg Center, NMU (8:30am-3:30pm)  | Flyer  |  Canceled
  • June 17, 2020 - Copper Country ISD (8:30am-3:30pm)  |  Flyer  |  Canceled

This one day workshop for elementary teachers provides insight, context, and training for any educator hoping to introduce young students to a progression-based curriculum called CS Fundamentals.  Registration is free, materials and lunch are provided and SCECHs are available.  Districts will need to provide their own substitute teacher costs.  Space is limited to 25 teachers at each site.  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 Chemistry -  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 2020:  July 20-24; July 27-31; August 3-7, 2020.  Postponed to summer 2021.
  • Location:  Seaborg Center, NMU
  • Details:  Flyer  |  Registration TBD

Modeling Instruction in Michigan website.

Farm Science - Aligned with the NGSS, this professional learning utilizes hands-on science opportunities to increase students’ knowledge of how agriculture impacts their daily lives. Each lesson has been individually crafted and tested by certified teachers. In addition, FARM Science offers a mobile Lab for schools bringing the convenience of a field trip-style experience to their front door. This training will include one day of classroom based experiences and one day of farm field experiences in partnership with MSU Extension’s North Farm.

  • Farm Science Place Based Learning for Educators - July 28-29, 2020 - Postponed to summer 2021.

Visit this link for more information and Farm Science lessons: >

Computer Science Discoveries & Principles: 6th-12th Grade

The MiSTEM Network is hosting two Networking workshops for computer science instructors in the Upper Peninsula that are intended to support instructors that are teaching curriculum. The Computer Science Networking workshop is intended to build a strong network of CS educators in the Upper Peninsula that can learn and grow together. This workshop is intended for instructors that have gone through a Summer workshop for CS Discoveries or CS Principles. We also welcome instructors that would like to engage in conversations around’s curriculum and tools.


  • ​​​​​Dates: March 20, 2020 (Seaborg Center, NMU) - CANCELED
  • Time:  8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Flyer / Registration 

The MiSTEM Network will provide the following:

  • Breakfast, lunch, & snack
  • Substitute reimbursement for instructors that attended’s Summer workshops
  • Lodging reimbursement for instructors that attended’s Summer workshops

Upper Peninsula Beekeeping Conference - The 3rd 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 the keynote speaker, Dr. Meghan Milbrath, breakout sessions, and on-site vendors. A complimentary lunch catered by the Northern Center & NMU Events will be provided.

New this year is an optional post-conference session available on Sunday, March 29 (space is limited to 30 participants). 

  • Date: March 28, 2020 - Canceled - Rescheduled for March 2021. 
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Seaborg Math & Science Center, NMU
  • 2020 Flyer / Online Registration

For more information visit Facebook.

Sponsored by: Michigan Beekeepers' AssociationSuperior Beekeeping ClubTravel Marquette

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

NGSS 2.0 and a Mi-STAR Study Session
Experience a combined day of professional learning for teachers who have participated in NGSx and /or who have completed the Mi-STAR Curriculum Experience.  Teachers will participate in Off the Shelf, Mi-STAR lessons designed to support teachers and students in their implementation of and engagement in three-dimensional learning as outlined in the Michigan Science Standards/NGSS.  All grade level teachers are welcome. Flyer

  • Date:  Friday, December 13, 2019 | Location:  Seaborg Center, NMU | Register via Wisdomwhere by Tuesday, December 10th at 5 p.m.
  • Date:  Thursday, April 16, 2020 | Location:  Dickinson-Iron ISD - Canceled 
  • Date:  Friday, April 24, 2020 | Location:  Delta-Schoolcraft ISD - Canceled
  • Time:  8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Lunch will be provided and SCECHs are available.

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 the 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.

MiSTAR Professional Learning Facilitator Workshop - Learning opportunity for middle school science teachers.  For more information, contact via email Kim Smith, STEM Educator Consultant Contact or the Seaborg Center for more information. 

Mi STAR and Curriculum for teachers website.

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.

NGSx website.

        Place-Based Education (PBE): The Seaborg Center is committed to bringing professional learning related to using place-based education with students to the central Upper Peninsula.  These opportunities highlight using our sense of place to supplement the storylines being developed to meet the rigors of 3-dimensional learning in the NGSS and across all content areas.  These opportunities also align with multiple state agencies, including the MiSTEM Network, and promote 21st Century teaching and learning.  Grant dollars may be able to support participation for school teachers.

        Please contact Chris Standerford ( for application details.

        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.