The Glenn T. Seaborg Mathematics and Science Center provides professional development for K-12 educators in the Central U.P. and across the state. The Center works closely with the MiSTEM Network, the School of Education at NMU, regional Intermediate School Districts, and curriculum developers to provide the best, research-based professional learning opportunities for educators.

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Professional Learning Opportunities

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

Add+Vantage Math Recovery® (AVMR) courses are designed to support elementary teachers, special education teachers, and math interventionists in diagnosing and advancing student understanding and numeracy development. The assessment, data collection, and teaching tools are designed to accelerate the ability of educators to recognize students' current levels of numeracy understanding to make data-driven instructional decisions.

Add+VantageMR® Course 1 (AVMR 1): Foundational learning of whole number topics such as number words and numerals, structuring numbers, addition and subtraction, and topics that affect the development of future mathematical understanding. The topics and domains covered often appear later on as holes in understanding for older struggling students. This course is designed for K-5 teachers, K-8 special education teachers, and math interventionists.

  • Pre-registration required: Registration | Flyer
  • Virtual Schedule/Dates: June 6-9, 2022 from 4:00-6:00 EST.; June 13-16, 2022 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. EST
  • Facilitator: Mike Maki, Math Consultant, DSISD.

Add+VantageMR® Course 2 (AVMR 2): After attending AVMR Course 1, teachers will expand and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the mathematical development of all students by implementing diagnostic assessments for multiplication and division and place value understanding. This course is designed for K-5 teachers, K-8 special education teachers, and math interventionists.  

Prerequisite:  Must have completed AVMR Course 1.

  • Pre-registration required: Registration | Flyer
  • Virtual Schedule/Dates: July 27-28, 2022; August 1, 3-4, 2022; August 8, 10-11, 2022 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. EST.
  • Facilitator: Renee Jewett, Program Coordinator/STEM Education Consultant.
     

For more information, visit the US Math Recovery website.

CS Discoveries, AP CS Principles, and AP CS A Workshops Available

With the support of the MiSTEM Network, teachers have access to the 5-day summer workshop model with code.org.  Additional support days are also provided throughout the school year. Summer workshop on July 18-22 (virtual) or July 25-29, 2022 (Grand Rapids) |  Apply Here.

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. 

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. 

For additional details, workshop dates, and registration CLICK HERE.

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

Cybersecurity Professional Learning Teacher Workshops

Educators will work alongside the Upper Peninsula Cybersecurity Institute and associated partners to explore, experience, reflect and develop plans to implement computer science and cybersecurity learning into district curriculum programs across the K-12 setting.

  • These workshops are offered on a rolling basis, as well as upon request.  For the latest opportunities, please contact us.

FIRST LEGO League - Coaches Workshop - Interested in coaching FIRST robotics for the upper elementary level?  Do you need support in starting a team?  Do you need experience with the new SPIKE Prime robot?

All new or experience FIRST LEGO League (FLL) coaches, mentors, leaders, parents, volunteers, and interested college-level students are invited to experience the SPIKE PRime platform and prepare for competing in the upcoming Fall FLL Qualifiers.  

Attendees will receive a free LEGO extension kit for use with a team.  

  • Date:  Saturday, October 1, 2022
  • Time:  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Hosted by the Seaborg Center, Northern Michigan University

Register here  Flyer

 

Math Recovery Specialist, Part 1 (MRSp1) - 

MRSp1 is a professional development course that builds a high level of expertise in Math Recovery content and pedagogy.  MRSp1 includes the comprehensive, research-based Learning Framework in Number, offering detailed learning progressions and pedagogical tools for assessment and teaching. Part one of the two-part series focuses on the topics of addition and subtraction, structuring numbers, number word sequences, numeral identification, and conceptual place value.

Participants will engage in 100 hours of 1:1 and/or small group math intervention with students throughout the course and will receive one-on-one coaching sessions, access to online learning modules, virtual video share opportunities, and assessment and teaching materials to support this work. Upon completion of MRSp1, participants will be well prepared to implement targeted intervention and will be a valuable resource for supporting school or district-wide mathematics initiatives. SCECHs and graduate credit will be available.

  • Who:  Title 1 Teachers, K-5 Special Education Teachers, Math Interventionists.
  • Virtual Sessions (6 days / 2 hours):  October 25, November 1 & 8; December 13 & 16, 2021; May 2, 2022.  |  Times:  4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • In-person sessions (9 days):  November 16, 17, & 18, 2021; January 11, 12, & 13; March 1, 2, & 3, 2022.  |  Times:  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • SCECH and Graduate Credit are available.
  • Lunch included during face-to-face sessions.
  • Substitute teachers are the responsibility of your district.
  • Register here  |  Flyer

 

Micro: Bit "Robots on the Road" - Join us for two days of exploration and fun with Mircor: Bits and the Yahboom Robotic Car.  These tools are exceptionally versatile, and a great way to introduce computer science into any discipline.

  • Date:  August 11 - 12, 2022
  • Time:  9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Where:  Seaborg Center, NMU
  • Who:  3rd - 12th grade teachers

Participating teachers will have access to SCECHs, a $150 Stipend, a free Micro: Bit and Robotic car for their classroom, free membership in our Computer Science professional learning network, and access to a mini-grant program for their classroom supplies.

Register here  |  Flyer

Mi-STAR Professional Learning Program Curriculum for Teachers

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.

Modeling Instruction in Michigan

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 Physics

  • Dates:  Summer 2022 - June 20 through July 8 (not July 4th or weekends), 2022
  • Location:  CCISD, Hancock
  • Details:  Registration  / Flyer

Modeling Instruction in Michigan website.

Citizen Science ROVs - This educator workshop enhances participants' ability to inspire student stewards of the Great Lakes through the construction of an Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle. This workshop will also highlight the role of project-, problem-, and place-based learning in student learning.

Academy of Natural Resources - This field based educator workshop will bring knowledge of local resources and current trends in management into educator's classrooms.

  • Dates: Summer 2022: July 31-August 5
  • Details: Application

Standards Based PBE - This module based professional learning was created in partnership with the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, and will explore both Place Based Education and makeing relevant core content standard connections.

  • Dates: 2022-2023 School Year TBD
  • Details:  Contact us for more information

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.