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

Professional development opportunities (*) are available either by a virtual platform and/or face to face contact.

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 Schedule/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 Discoveries:  6th - 9th Grade*

With the support of the MiSTEM Network, we are providing quarterly implementation workshops to support teachers who have already gone through the 5-day summer workshop model with code.org and are teaching the CS Discoveries curriculum in their classroom.

  • Quarterly Sessions are available with the following options:
    • Quarter 1 Virtual Workshop Options: Oct 7 & 14; or Oct 10; or Oct 17
    • Quarter 2 Virtual Workshop Options: Dec 2 & 9; or Dec 5; or Dec 12
    • Quarter 3 Virtual Workshop Options: Jan 20 & 27; or Jan 23; or Jan 30
    • Quarter 4 Virtual Workshop Options: Feb 24 & March 3; or Feb 27; or March 6
  • Registration:  CS Discoveries Quarterly Workshop Landing Page
  • Contact:  Renee Jewett, Program Coordinator/STEM Education Consultant​​​​​

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. 

  • Dates:  Summer 2021 - TBD
  • Location:  Seaborg Center, NMU
  • Details:  Flyer  |  Registration TBD

Modeling Instruction in Michigan 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 (cstander@nmu.edu) 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.


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 - Summer 2021.

Visit this link for more information and Farm Science lessons: https://miagclassroom.org/edu/index.cfm


Computer Science Fundamentals: Kindergarten-5th* - The MiSTEM Network is excited to announce our CS Fundamentals Introduction workshop series that will be held online. These high-quality computer science workshops will provide you with a Code.org curriculum guide, how to implement unplugged and computer based computer science lessons, how to setup your classroom, and connect you with a community of educators. Come learn in a friendly environment how you can start implementing computer science in your classroom.  Below you will find the dates and times for each virtual series that will be offered.  

This workshop is a combination of three online virtual meetups and two sets of asynchronous activities. We will be using Zoom for our online meetings, using Code.org Studio for asynchronous activities, and using the Code.org website for resources.  More information can be found here.

 

  • FALL SERIES OPTION 1 - Registration Link
    Wednesday Afternoons
    Dates/Times:
    • Oct 28 - 4:30 to 6:30 EST
    • Nov 4 - 4:30 to 6:30 EST
    • Nov 11 - 4:30 to 6:30 EST

Asynchronous work is required as part of the workshop series

  • FALL SERIES OPTION 2 - Registration Link
    Tuesday Afternoons
    Dates/Times:
    • Nov 10 - 4:30 to 6:30 EST
    • Nov 17 - 4:30 to 6:30 EST
    • Nov 24 - 4:30 to 6:30 EST

Asynchronous work is required as part of the workshop series

  • Registration Fee:  Covered by MiSTEM Advisory Council Grants
  • Credit:  12 SCECHs will be provided pending approval from the state.

    AP Computer Science Principles: 9th - 12th Grade* -  With the support of the MiSTEM Network, we are providing quarterly implementation workshops to support teachers who have already gone through the 5-day summer workshop model with code.org and are teaching the CS Principles curriculum in their classroom.

    • Quarterly Sessions are available with the following options:
      • Quarter 1 Virtual Workshop Options: Oct 6 & 13; or Oct 10
      • Quarter 2 Virtual Workshop Options: Nov 10 & 17; or Nov 7
      • Quarter 3 Virtual Workshop Options: Dec 1 & 8; or Dec 5
      • Quarter 4 Virtual Workshop Options: Jan 19 & 26; or Jan 23
    • Registration:  CS Principles Quarterly Workshop Landing Page

     


    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.  

    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.


          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  27, 2021 (tentative) 
          • 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 **

           

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