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.

Next Generation Science Exemplar:  NGSS Professional Learning - Summer Institute - All Marquette and Alger County 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.

Please note:  Although a part of MARESA's Summer Institute, this series requires an on-line component which must be completed prior to June 19, 2017. For this reason, participants need to be selected from the application by the last week of April. Please apply early if you are interested and further details will be forwarded to you.

  • Pre-registration required:  Flyer / Registration Form
  • Summer Institute:  "Action in Education", Marquette-Alger RESA
  • Dates: June 19-23, 2017

Modeling Instruction in Michigan - This summer we will be hosting Modeling Instruction™ for middle school science teachers.  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 supports the NGSS-based, Michigan Science Standards.  Participants will learn from facilitators and practitioners using the same techniques and materials they will utilize with their students. Participants will also be trained through roles as students and instructor as they practice and engage in guided inquiry and cooperative learning.

Details and how you can register can be found on this flyer or by visiting the Modeling Instruction in Michigan website.

  • Application Process and Timeline:  Applications accepted through June 9th, first acceptance begins April 14th.
  • Summer 2017:  Michigan Modeling for Middle School Science, July 31 - August 18, 2017.
  • Fall 2017:  Michigan Modeling for Middle School Science - TBD

FIRST Robotics Coaches' Workshop - The first ever FIRST Robotics Coaches' Workshop is a one-day workshop is recommended to anyone who is a new or experienced FIRST Robotics coach, mentor, or leader, as well as any interested college level students. Please reference the attached FIRST Robotics Coaches Workshop Flyer for the specifics of the workshop as well as the registration link. 

  • Date: Friday, August 25, 2017
  • Time: 9:15 am - 4:15 pm EST
  • Location: Seaborg Math & Science Center, NMU

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.  Flyer / Registration

  • August 1 - 5, 2016 - 3D Printing and Computer Coding
  • August 8 - 12, 2016 - GIS and Vernier Probes
  • School Year 2016 - 17:  September 27, October 18, November 8, December 13, 2016; January 24, February 27, March 20, April 18, 2017 (9 days on research based practices to improve student learning).
  • Note:  Participation in all program dates is required

Mathematics Workshops

Add+Vantage Math Recovery - This is a two course professional learning program 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 th needs of a diverse range of students making differentiation a reality.  This workshop is designed for K-5 Teacher and K-12 Special Education Teachers.  Space is limited to 30 participants

  • Location:  Seaborg Mathematics and Science Center / NMU
  • Course 1 (AVMR 1) Dates:  October 10, 11, 17, 19 and November 1, 2016
  • Course 2 (AVMR 2) Dates:  January 19, 20, 26, & 27, and February 9, 2017
  • All sessions are from 8:30 - 3:30.
  • Flyer / Registration

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 our Foundations Flyer or visit our Registration website.

Math Teachers' Circle - Building Mathematical Communities of K-12 Teachers and Professors.  Math Teachers’ Circles are professional development communities of middle level math teachers and professors who meet regularly to do math and problem solving for the pure enjoyment of it.  They are a powerful way to bridge the traditional educational divide by providing an opportunity for teachers to enrich their own experience of mathematics and for professors to share their enjoyment of mathematics while learning more about K-12 education. Our true hope is to spread the joy of math back into the schools and the middle school students who learn there.   2016 Information flyer.

  • Location:  Ore Dock Brewery, Marquette, MI
  • Date:  TBA
  • Time:  6-8 p.m.
  • RSVP to or office:  906-227-2002

Science Workshops

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 Kivioja at 906-227-2002.

  • Workshop date:  Friday, September (TBD) 2017.  More information can be found on our flyer.
  • Science Olympiad Tournament date:  February 2018, back up date:  March 2018.

Leadership Teams:  We are excited to bring back the Science (SLT) and Math (MLT) Leadership Teams.  Our goal is to create an efficient, two way communication channel you can rely on for the latest information from the state and we can rely on to disseminate that information.  The model is have a science and math leader and friend in each building to build partnerships across districts as we move forward with science and math education in the central U.P.

  • Science Leadership Team (SLT)
    Location:  Seaborg Center. West Science 2702
    Date:  TBA
    Time:  8:30-3:00
  • Math Leadership Team (MLT): 
    Location:  Seaborg Center, West Science 2806
    Date:  TBA
    Time:  8:30-3:00

Learn Local:  Hiawatha National Forest Bay Furnace - Fun, hands-on multidisciplinary history and ecology learning activities based in the Upper Peninsula!  Topics will include:  Plant & animal winter adaptations you can find in your schoolyard, park ranger tips on winter field learning, federal lands and classroom - why and how, and landscape perspectives and connections.  This workshop will take place primarily in the field - dress for the weather and bring note taking materials suitable for outside.  These professional learning events are sponsored by the Superior Watershed Partnership, Upper Great Lake Stewardship Initiative and the Seaborg Center.


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