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.

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Professional Learning Development Opportunities

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

Add+Vantage Math Recovery (AVMR) trained teachers will collaborate to discuss the successes and challenges of implementing Math Recovery practices, rediscover the provided Math Recovery assessments, and investigate Math Recovery aligned instructional activities with the goal of progressing students in terms of constructs and levels. 

Prerequisite: Attended an AVMR workshop
When: August 12, 2021, from 9:30 - 11:30 via Zoom
Preregistration required: Wisdomwhere website
Stipend: $50 (teachers will receive a stipend to participate through the MiSTEM Network)
SCECH: TBD

AP Computer Science Principles Quarterly Implementation Workshops

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 classrooms.  Prerequisite:  Attended 5-day summer workshop on July 19-23, 2021 or August 2-6, 2021 (virtual)  |  Flyer

Quarterly implementation workshops are available either virtual or face to face with the following date options: 

  • Kick-Off Call:  Virtual on September 21, 2021, from 4:30-5:30 pm (optional).
  • Quarter 1:  Virtual on Wednesday, September 28 and October 5, 2021, or Saturday, October 2, 2021.  |  Face to face on Saturday, October 9, 2021.
  • Quarter 2:  Virtual on Wednesday, November 30 and December 7, 2021; or December 11, 2021.  |  Face to face on Saturday, 4, 2021.
  • Quarter 3:  Virtual on Wednesday, February 1 and 8, 2022; or Saturday, February 5,  2022.  |  Face to face on Saturday, February 12, 2022.
  • Quarter 4:  Virtual on Wednesday, March 1 and 8, 2022; or Saturday, March 5, 2022.  |  Face to face on Saturday, 12, 2022.
  • Details and Registration:  CS Principles Quarterly Workshop Landing Page
  • Contact:  Renee Jewett, Program Coordinator/STEM Education Consultant​​​​​
    email:  rkivioja@nmu.edu.

Visit the Code.org website for more information about CS Discoveries for middle school or AP Computer Science Principles for high school

CS Discoveries Quarterly Implementation Workshops

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 classrooms.  Prerequisite:  Attended 5-day summer workshop on July 19-23, 2021 or August 2-6, 2021 (virtual)  |  Flyer

Quarterly implementation workshops are available either virtual or face to face with the following date options: 

  • Kick-Off Call:  Virtual on September 21, 2021, from 4:30-5:30 pm (optional).
  • Quarter 1:  Virtual on Wednesday, September 29 and October 6, 2021, or Saturday, October 2, 2021.  |  Face to face on Saturday, October 9, 2021.
  • Quarter 2:  Virtual on Wednesday, December 1 and 8, 2021; or December 11, 2021.  |  Face to face on Saturday, 4, 2021.
  • Quarter 3:  Virtual on Wednesday, February 2 and 9, 2022; or Saturday, February 5,  2022.  |  Face to face on Saturday, February 12, 2022.
  • Quarter 4:  Virtual on Wednesday, March 2 and 9, 2022; or Saturday, March 5, 2022.  |  Face to face on Saturday, 12, 2022.
  • Details and Registration:  CS Discoveries Quarterly Workshop Landing Page
  • Contact:  Renee Jewett, Program Coordinator/STEM Education Consultant​​​​​
    email:  rkivioja@nmu.edu.

Visit the Code.org website for more information about CS Discoveries for middle school or AP Computer Science Principles for high school

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. Flyer

  • Spring Series OPTION 1 - Registration Link
    Wednesday Afternoons
    Dates 2021/Times:  
    May 19 -  4:30-6:30
    May 26 - 4:30-6:30
    June  2 - 4:30-6:30
  • Summer SERIES OPTION 2 - Registration Link
    Tuesday Afternoons
    Dates 2021/Times:
    June  8 - 4:30 to 6:30 EST
    June 15 - 4:30 to 6:30 EST
    June 22 - 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.

Cybersecurity Professional Learning Teacher Workshop

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.

  • Pre-registration required:  Register here  |  Flyer
  • Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 
  • Time:  9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:  U.P. Cybersecurity Institute, The Northern Center, NMU
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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 6 & 16, 2021; May 2, 2022.  |  Times:  TBD
  • 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

 

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.

Modeling Instruction in Michigan

This summer will our seventh 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 - July 19 through August 6, 2021
  • Location:  Seaborg Center, NMU
  • Details:  Flyer  |  Registration

Modeling Instruction in Michigan website.

Going to Greater Depths: Intermediate ROVs - This educator workshop enhances participants' ability to upgrade the electrical systems and capability of the ROV built during the Introduction workshop.  Upgrades include joystick control, temperature sensor, microcontrollers, and more.  This workshop will also highlight the role of project-, problem-, and place-based learning in student learning. Prerequisite: participants must have had an Introductory workshop.


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.

In partnership with Marquette Alger RESA, it is our hope to build teacher-led networks to best collaborate with discipline area colleagues across districts. During the 2020-21 school year, the Secondary Curriculum Teacher Leadership Network will meet virtually for brief dialogues; connecting, exploring best practices, and sharing resources.  Registration is not required and we welcome secondary teachers to join these brief informal sessions. 

  • Virtual Sessions will take place on the following dates:  
         - Science -  December 15, 2020; February 3; March 13, 2021 
         - Math - January 12, February 17, May 13, 2021 
  • Time:  After school at 4:15 pm
  • Contact:  Chris Standerford, Director, Central Upper Peninsula MiSTEM Network/Seaborg Center

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
  • Flyer / Online Registration

For more information visit Facebook.

Sponsored by: Michigan Beekeepers' AssociationSuperior Beekeeping ClubTravel Marquette

YooperCon '21

High School Students and Teachers will explore exciting cybersecurity career opportunities with multiple hands-on activities and career information sessions throughout the day.  There will also be professional development opportunities available for teachers.

  • Hack a Car
  • Exploit Bugs
  • Defend Networks
  • Protect Your Data
  • Develop Programs
  • Jump Start Your Career

Date:  November 4, 2021
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Who:  High School Students and Teachers
Cost:  Free  |  Lunch will be provided
Location:  NMU Northern Center

This event is sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Cyber Institute, Cybersecurity Marshall Plan, and the MiSTEM Network.

For more information contact:  Doug Miller, Director of the UPCI
Email:  upcyber@nmu.edu  |  Phone:  906-227-1265

Registration coming soon.