Summer Institutes

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Nationwide conversations have sparked a transformational moment in our schools of education. At Rider University, we have heard and responded to the call for transformation.

Engaging the ‘digital natives’ who are growing up with computers, cell phones, iPods, video game, and the Internet means that we must learn to communicate and educate in different ways.

Join us in one of our engaging, interactive workshops and learn how to incorporate technology, build interdisciplinary connections, and infuse global perspectives in your classroom as you implement current state and national standards.

To register, visit

National Writing Project

The National Writing Project at Rider University works with area educators to improve writing and literacy learning across disciplines at all levels.  We provide high-quality professional development in writing and the teaching of literacy to K-12 educators, develop and share resources in writing, generate and contribute to research, and work with teachers to strengthen student achievement and literacy learning in this digital, interconnected world. We offer a variety of campus-based opportunities for area educators and are available for outreach in the schools. Please visit for current offerings and opportunities. 

Founded in 2000 as the Trenton Area Writing Project, NWP @ RU is affiliated with the National Writing Project, a network of university-based professional learning communities.   NWP @ RU has a number of teacher consultant affiliates in communities near Rider.  They teach in public and private schools in kindergarten through high school, in content areas, such as social studies, English, mathematics, and the sciences, in specialist areas, such as art and physical education, and in supervisory areas, such as language arts and mathematics.  Their students benefit from their enthusiasm, skill, and continued collaboration with other writing project teachers. A conservative estimate of the number of students who have been served by NWP @ RU teachers since our first summer institute in July of 2000 is 24,000 students.

NWP @ Rider continues to support area teachers and schools through grants and projects that create significant partnerships between individual teachers, schools, and districts.  NWP @ Rider is the proud recipient of grants that bring pre-k - 12 teachers to the Rider campus and NWP @ Rider teacher consultants to area schools to offer ongoing support in the areas of literacy instruction. Through thorough, embedded campus and school-based professional development [email protected] is able to support best practices in literacy instruction.

NWP @ RU teachers deeply value their writing project association.  As one teacher put it, “With my colleagues, I am smarter, I can go deeper and create new knowledge.  I don’t have to do this alone.”

Please contact Site Director Dr. Heather Casey at [email protected] or visit for more information and to connect to current offerings.

Teacher Leadership Community Institute

Rider University hosted the first Teacher Leadership Community Institute in June 2010. This two day event focuses on professional development for teacher leaders, mentors, and cooperating teachers.

Please visit for more information about registering for the summer institute.