Partnerships are crucial to RAFT in helping us meet our mission.

RAFT works with a wide array of partners that help us expand our reach, build community, and increase the variety of products and services we can offer educators.

  • Citizen Schools

    www.citizenschools.org/

    (650) 517-5191

    Who We Are
    Since its founding in Boston in 1995, Citizen Schools has been re-imagining the learning day to bring more time, more talented adults, and more relevant learning experiences to middle-school students in low-income neighborhoods.

    What We Do
    Citizen Schools partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities across the country.By getting citizens off the sidelines and into schools each year, we’re closing the achievement gap and increasing access to the American Dream.

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  • Exploratorium

    www.exploratorium.edu

    (415) 561-0360

    Who We Are
    The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art, and human perception located in San Francisco, California. We believe that following your curiosity and asking questions can lead to amazing moments of discovery, learning, and awareness, and can increase confidence in your ability to understand how the world works. We also believe that being playful and having fun is an important part of the process for people of all ages.

    What We Do
    We create tools and experiences that help you to become an active explorer: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits; a Web site with over 25,000 pages of content; film screenings; workshops for lifelong learners including day camps for kids and family investigations; evening art and science events for adults—plus much more. We also create professional development programs for educators, and are at the forefront of changing the way science is taught. We share our exhibits and expertise with museums worldwide.

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  • Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford

    dschool.stanford.edu/

    (650) 736-1025

    Who We Are
    We welcome our students with a methodology for innovation that combines creative and analytical approaches, and requires collaboration across disciplines. This process—which has been called design thinking—draws on methods from engineering and design, and combines them with ideas from the arts, tools from the social sciences, and insights from the business world. Our students learn this process together, and then personalize it, internalize it, and apply it to their own challenges.


    What We Do
    At the d.school, we learn by doing. We don’t just ask our students to solve a problem, we ask them to define what the problem is. Students start in the field, where they develop empathy for people they design for, uncovering real human needs they want to address. They then iterate to develop an unexpected range of possible solutions, and create rough prototypes to take back out into the field and test with real people. Our bias is toward action, followed by reflection on personal discoveries about process. Experience is measured by iteration: students run through as many cycles as they possibly can on any project. Each cycle brings stronger insights and more unexpected solutions.

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  • IDEO

    www.ideo.com

    (650) 289-3429

    Who We Are
    IDEO (pronounced “eye-dee-oh”) is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow.

    What We Do

    • We identify new ways to serve and support people by uncovering latent needs, behaviors, and desires.
    • We envision new companies and brands, and we design the products, services, spaces, and interactive experiences that bring them to life.
    • We help organizations build creative culture and the internal systems required to sustain innovation and launch new ventures.

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  • Inclusion Collaborative

    www.inclusioncollaborative.org

    (408) 453-6756

    Who We Are
    The Inclusion Collaborative is your partner in providing inclusive environments for children.

    What We Do
    We arecommitted to ensuring that children with disabilities and special needs have equal access to full participation in inclusive community and learning environments. Services we provide: Advocacy and Access, Inclusion Support, Professional Development, Screening and Assessment Consultation, Free Inclusion Support Warm Line, Comprehensive Website including upcoming professional development and useful resources.

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  • Khan Academy

    www.khanacademy.org

    A free world-class education for anyone anywhere

    Who We Are
    The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.

    What We Do
    All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

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  • Maker Faire

    www.makerfaire.com

    (707) 827-7074

    Who We Are
    Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

    What We Do
    Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these "makers" come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

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  • New York Hall of Science

    www.nysci.org

    (718) 699-0005

    Who We Are
    Built initially as a pavilion for the 1964 World's Fair, the New York Hall of Science is now New York City's hands-on science and technology center. Since 1986, NYSCI has served over seven million children, parents and teachers.

    What We Do
    Built initially as a pavilion for the 1964 World's Fair, the New York Hall of Science is now New York City's hands-on science and technology center. Since 1986, NYSCI has served over seven million children, parents and teachers.

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  • San Jose State University (SJSU) Science Education Program

    www.sjsu.edu/scied/

    (408) 924-1000

    Who We Are
    The Science Education Program at San Jose State University prepares and enhances K-12 teachers to become leaders in the science classroom.

    What We Do
    In collaboration with nearby industries and communities, SJSU faculty and staff are dedicated to achieving the university's mission as a responsive institution of the state of California: To enrich the lives of its students, to transmit knowledge to its students along with the necessary skills for applying it in the service of our society, and to expand the base of knowledge through research and scholarship.

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  • San Mateo County Office of Education

    www.smcoe.org/

    RAFT Redwood City is located in the San Mateo County Office of Education building. This arrangement reflects the close alliance forged from our shared mission to serve and support the teachers who play such a critical role in the quality education of the young learners in our community.

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  • Santa Clara County After School Collaborative (SCCASC)

    www.sccasc.org

    Who We Are
    The Santa Clara County After School Collaborative (SCCASC), formed in 2004, is a capacity building collaborative of community based organizations (CBOs), school district and site staff, local government, and concerned citizens who work, or have a stake in, public and privately funded after school programs.

    What We Do
    The Santa Clara County After School Collaborative (SCCASC) is dedicated to the advancement of quality after school programs.

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  • Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE)

    www.sccoe.org

    Who We Are
    The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is a regional service agency that provides instructional and business services to the 31 school districts of Santa Clara County.

    What We Do
    The SCCOE serves students through special schools, alternative schools, Head Start and State Preschool programs, migrant education, and Regional Occupational Programs. The Office also provides curriculum support, staff development, and technology training programs directly to teachers and staff in schools countywide.

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  • Science Education Resource Center (SERC)

    serc.sjsu.edu/

    Who We Are
    The SERC is a unique educational resource center that houses over 5000 science resources in the thematic areas of Earth Science, Physical Science, and Life Science. We strive to facilitate the delivery of high quality, inquiry-based preK-12 grade instruction and to supplement and enrich the science curriculum in the classrooms and out community. Our users include in-service & pre-service teachers, SJSU students, staff, faculty, Girl & Boy Scouts, and a local nature center. Our patrons can check out science equipment, biofacts, books, DVDs, and videos. They can also become certified in our Wildlife Ambassador program and be allowed to bring animals such as a tarantula, snake or tortoise into their classroom.

    What We Do
    At the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) we are committed to inspiring and assisting educators & SJSU students to teach STEM content by providing free resources, programs and consultation with the ultimate goal of helping their students to connect, discover, and explore the world of science.

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  • Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF)

    www.svefoundation.org/svefoundation/

    (408) 790-9400

    Who We Are
    A non-profit resource and advocate for students, educators, and corporate and individual donors. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of math and science by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students.

    What We Do
    Everything we do supports our objective of Silicon Valley being the number one geographic area in California in the percentage of high school graduates academically prepared for college and careers. Our vision is to transform Silicon Valley into a model for enhancing public education, and we do this by leveraging partnerships and resources for public education so all students can realize their full potential. We advocate for public education, organizes stakeholders, distributes resources, and connects assets to help prepare students for college and careers.

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  • The Tech Museum of Innovation

    www.thetech.org

    (408) 294-8324

    Who We Are
    The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum-located in the Capital of Silicon Valley - is a non-profit learning resource established to inspire the innovator in everyone.

    What We Do
    Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards, The Tech celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative technology for a more promising future.

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  • YMCA of Silicon Valley

    www.ymcasv.org

    408-351-6400

    Who We Are
    We're an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

    What We Do
    We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause.  Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.  The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.

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