Upcoming Events
Event Name Date(s)/Time(s) Location(s) Brief Description
Next Generation Science Standards Gap Analysis Project: K-12 Grade Band Teacher WorkshopsFebruary 20, 2015:
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

February 27, 2015:
8:00 a.m.  3:30 p.m.
Fireside Lounge, BLC
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Gap Analysis Project is a year-long program that leads K-12 administrators and teachers through a guided planning process to prepare for the anticipated adoption of the NGSS. Applications have already been reviewed and the second cohort has been selected and finalized.
TLC Faculty ForumMarch 5, 2015:
11:30 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m.

April 9, 2015:
11:30 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m.
310-311 Teaching and Learning Center, Science Building and Westminster Martin Room
The TLC Faculty Forum is a monthly gathering of faculty willing to share their knowledge and explore collaborative solutions to issues around teaching and learning. Faculty will talk about teaching and learning, and students’ success and engagement. We will have scheduled discussions led by colleagues on specific topics.
You Got the Grant, Now What?March 27, 2015:
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
310-311 Teaching and Learning Center, Science BuildingGrants & Research at Rider University is delighted to provide an opportunity for members of the Rider Community to learn the ins and outs of grants management.  Please join us for an interactive Lunch and Learn: You Got the Grant, Now What?  This workshop will focus on the myriad steps that should be undertaken to successfully manage a grant.  Topics for discussion will include budget management, grant accounting, donor stewardship, reporting, and communications and publicity.  We encourage project directors, grant managers, and those presently seeking grant funding to attend.  Guest presenters will include representatives from the Teaching and Learning Center, Finance, University Advancement, and University Communications.
TLC Faculty Forum: High Impact Practices at RiderApril 9, 2015:
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
310-311 Teaching and Learning Center, Science Building, Lawrenceville campus
and Martin Room, Student Center, Westminster Choir College
Learn how faculty empower students to take ownership of their learning using high impact practices. This forum will focus on examples of how high-impact practices — such as undergraduate research, common intellectual experiences, service learning and learning community — can be integrated into students’ learning experiences from the first-year through graduation at Rider.
IDEAS MeetingApril 10, 2015SWG 322Facilitated by Jonathan Yavelow and Jonathan Millen.  Full description to come.
Case Study of Successful Grant Models: A Grants Development Lunch and Learn
April 23, 2015:
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
310-311 Teaching and Learning Center, Science BuildingIdentifying and examining recently-funded projects by grantors can provide an excellent first step in considering the design of your own grant project.  In this Grants Development session, we will use a sample of case studies of projects funded at small liberal arts colleges and consider the best practices employed, with specific emphasis on partner development, outcomes and deliverables, sustainability, and evaluation.
May Faculty Development DayMay 21, 2015:
Time to be determined
310-311 and 316-317 Teaching and Learning Center, Science BuildingFaculty development days serve multiple purposes including faculty renewal by fostering innovation, collaboration, collegiality, and scholarship, and helping to keep the campus community abreast of pedagogical developments.
“Broader Impacts” in National Science Foundation Grants: A Grants Development Lunch and Learn (pending confirmation from the NSF)
Fall, 2015 (Date to be determined):
noon- 1:30 pm.
310-311 Teaching and Learning Center, Science Building“Broader Impacts” as defined by the National Science Foundation are the ways in which funded research not only advances knowledge but also benefits society through endeavors such as engaging a wider audience via science education or improving the STEM career pipeline, among others. This Grants Development workshop will focus on  addressing the “Broader Impacts” criterion within National Science Foundation proposals and will be led by a current or former NSF program officer.  The target audience for this session is not limited to those seeking NSF funding, since many funders expect to see similar outreach efforts incorporated into grant projects.
Grants Development Boot Camp 2015May, 2015; Date to be determined:
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
310-311 Teaching and Learning Center, Science BuildingThe purpose of the Grants Development Boot Camp is to provide an intensive workshop experience to introduce the key aspects of the grant writing process.  The workshop covers topics such as searching for grant opportunities and reviewing the major sections of a grant proposal. As part of the workshop experience, participants take part in an exercise that allows them to begin thinking about their approach to writing the major sections of a grant proposal.  By the conclusion of the workshop, participants complete a draft of a detailed proposal outline for a project for which they wish to seek grant funds.
The Grant Search:  Evaluating Opportunities that Fit: A “Boot Camp” Alumni Follow-Up SessionSummer, 2015; Date to be determined310-311 Teaching and Learning Center, Science BuildingDesigned for Rider faculty and administrators who have participated in a past grant writing workshop or have already received grant support, this Follow-Up session is structured to assist participants in taking the next step with their grant idea.  It will offer insight on the grant searching process and offer an opportunity for each participant to review potential grant opportunities related to their specific area of interest.  This research and exposure to the priorities and mission of various private and public funding entities will assist faculty to better identify potential fundraising opportunities or ways they may wish to modify their project or initiative.  Rider’s Grants Officers will provide one-on-one guidance to participants during this hands-on workshop.
“Let’s Get Published” Writing RetreatJune 1 – 5, 2015
(time to be determined)
310-311 Teaching and Learning Center, Science BuildingProvide participants with a space away from distractions where they can focus on writing, hear from colleagues who are productive scholars, and give and receive peer critiques of their works in progress.
Summer Course Design InstituteJune 15 – 18, 2015
(time to be determined)
310-311 Teaching and Learning Center, Science BuildingThis program is a cohort approach, project-based professional development and is designed to provide faculty with the tools, time, and collegial support to help faculty work through the course design process with emphasis on the concept of flipped learning.
2015 CONNECT-ED Summer InstituteJuly 13 – 17, 2015:
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
316-317 Teaching and Learning Center, Science BuildingDuring this NGSS summer institute, we will reflect on how engaging in argument from evidence; developing and using models; and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information help students deepen their understanding of science while also addressing critical skills required for mathematics and English language arts. This workshop is being offered exclusively to districts participating in the N.J. Department of Education, Common Core Academy Grant with Rider University
American Museum of Natural History/BSCS/WestED NGSS  Pilot ProjectJuly 20 – 24, 2015:
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
316-317 Teaching and Learning Center, Science BuildingRider SELECT has been invited to pilot test NGSS resources developed by BSCS, WestED, and the American Museum of Natural History.  These resources or “tools” have been designed to help teachers and district administrators consider the scope and sequence within an NGSS-aligned unit.  The tools also provide a guided sequence to help us plan and draft assessments that meet the expectation of the NGSS.  Districts that are currently participating in the Gap Analysis project will be invited to join us for a one-week summer institute where we explore how they tools my inform our NGSS planning.
New Faculty OrientationAugust 31 &
September 1
310-311 and 316-317 Teaching and Learning Center, Science BuildingDesigned to introduce new faculty to a wide range of information, both practical and theoretical, covering topics ranging from how to get direct deposit to how best to engage students in the classroom. Attendees should have answers to all of the most common questions about practical and logistical matters, have met the campus leadership team, and been introduced to pedagogical principles that support the teaching mission of Rider University.  All new faculty (both full- and part-time) are invited to attend. 

For more information
Please contact the Teaching and Learning Center at tlc@rider.edu or call 609-896-5333.