RAFT's workshop program is designed to enrich educational programs by facilitating the practice of hands-on teaching across the curriculum.

RAFT's material-based, hands-on workshops are unique in that each workshop attendee receives RAFT materials to support implementation of the activities shared in the class.

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 Laser Cutter 1: Safety and Basic Understanding of the Laser Machine:

RAFT Workshop

Laser Cutter 1: Safety and Basic Understanding of the Laser Machine

Laser cutting machines help to create many customized items by using laser technology to etch, engrave, and cut through a wide variety of materials. This workshop gives participants the knowledge and practice required to safely operate the machine on their own and provides an understanding of the different pieces of hardware. Participants will learn how to calibrate and configure the machine for different tasks and materials. RAFT members who complete the training will be certified to use the machine. Attendance: Participants who are late may be rescheduled in another session. Please be on time.

INSTRUCTOR: Eric Welker is a science teacher with 13 years of teaching experience in both middle and high school settings. He holds a BA in biology with an emphasis in science education and a master's in education. Eric's areas of interest are learning theories, teacher leadership, instructional design, and strategies for developing student-centered pedagogy. He is passionate about using design challenges as a medium for teaching all content areas. He has been at RAFT for ten years working as a curriculum developer, coach, researcher, workshop presenter, project manager, and enthusiastic tinkerer! Eric has taught over 230 teacher workshops on STEM education, Next Generation Science Standards, design thinking, coaching & mentoring, classroom management, and assessment.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators

COST: $75 for members; $100 for non-members ($25 for workshop + $25 for RAFT Membership)

SEATS AVAILABLE: 8

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, November 30, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Thursday, November 30, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 Laser Cutter 1: Safety and Basic Understanding of the Laser Machine:

RAFT Workshop

Laser Cutter 1: Safety and Basic Understanding of the Laser Machine

Laser cutting machines help to create many customized items by using laser technology to etch, engrave, and cut through a wide variety of materials. This workshop gives participants the knowledge and practice required to safely operate the machine on their own and provides an understanding of the different pieces of hardware. Participants will learn how to calibrate and configure the machine for different tasks and materials. RAFT members who complete the training will be certified to use the machine. Attendance: Participants who are late may be rescheduled in another session. Please be on time.

INSTRUCTOR: Tony Luong is an educator specializing in Technology and Design Thinking. He has taught English as a Foreign Language in Vietnam, technology to elementary school students in San Carlos School District, and international development to undergraduates as a fellowship director. He graduated S.F.S.U with Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Asian American Studies. His goal is to build upon the knowledge, practice, and confidence of all his students by leveraging the principles of hands-on building, visualization, gamification, and technology-infused approaches.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators

COST: $75 for members; $100 for non-members ($75 for the workshop + $25 for RAFT Membership)

SEATS AVAILABLE: 3

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, December 7, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Thursday, December 7, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
 From Standard to Inquiry Unit:

RAFT Workshop

From Standard to Inquiry Unit

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are written such that each performance expectation concisely describes how students are to demonstrate their learning. These statements contain lots of information regarding the skills and content knowledge students need in order to be successful in meeting each expectation. This workshop will provide teachers with useful strategies for deconstructing (unpacking) the performance expectations and using unpacked elements to create a sequence of lessons as part of a larger inquiry unit. Participants will engage in several hands-on activities, discussions, and collaboratively create a unit outline based on specific CCSS and/or NGSS performance expectations.

INSTRUCTOR: Eric Welker is a science teacher with 13 years of teaching experience in both middle and high school settings. He holds a BA in biology with an emphasis in science education and a master's in education. Eric's areas of interest are learning theories, teacher leadership, instructional design, and strategies for developing student-centered pedagogy. He is passionate about using design challenges as a medium for teaching all content areas. He has been at RAFT for ten years working as a curriculum developer, coach, researcher, workshop presenter, project manager, and enthusiastic tinkerer! Eric has taught over 230 teacher workshops on STEM education, Next Generation Science Standards, design thinking, coaching & mentoring, classroom management, and assessment.

TARGET AUDIENCE: K-8 Teachers

COST: $25 for members; $35 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 19

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, December 7, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Thursday, December 7, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Fees are listed after each class description, all materials included. Non-members who meet our membership guidelines can participate for a slightly higher fee. Classes fill up fast, so participants are encouraged to register and pay in advance, or provide a deposit. Fees are nontransferable, and refunds are only granted if you cancel at least one week prior to class. All refunds are paid in RAFT dollars. If you fail to attend class or cancel after the one-week deadline, you will not be given a refund. Deposits are returned when the class is completed, or if you cancel one or more weeks in advance.

You can register online or by phone at (408) 213-7216. To cancel your enrollment in a class - email or call 408-213-7216.

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Enrollment Policy

Waitlist Policy

Due to the popularity of RAFT workshops, we do maintain waitlists. There is no charge to be placed on a waitlist, and there is no obligation to attend the class should a spot become available. Should a spot open up in a class, RAFT will contact waitlist registrants in order of registration to offer the opportunity to enroll at that point. RAFT requests that waitlist registrants do not make plans to attend a class unless they have been contacted; seats are only made available if we have received a cancellation from a registered participant.

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Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

All RAFT workshops offer you the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from San Jose State University.

Participants can purchase one CEU from SJSU for every 10 hours of RAFT workshop instruction completed within a semester.

The cost is $60 for each CEU.

Simply request a SJSU registration form from your instructor at RAFT and submit to SJSU both the form and your check payable to SJSU. RAFT submits a roster of names each semester to SJSU of participants taking 10 or more hours of classes. Partial units are not available; hours from previous terms are not applicable.

For more information, please contact RAFT at (408)213-7216 or .

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Fees and Cancellations

Fees are listed after each class description, all materials included.

Non-members who meet our membership guidelines can participate for a slightly higher fee.

Classes fill up fast, so participants must register and pay in advance to be added to the class. Fees are nontransferable, and refunds are only granted if you cancel at least one week prior to class. All refunds are paid with a RAFT Gift Card. If you fail to attend class or cancel after the one-week deadline, you will not be given a refund. Deposits are returned when the class is completed, or if you cancel one or more weeks in advance.

You can register online or by phone at (408)213-7216.

To cancel your enrollment in a class - email or call (408)213-7216.

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Class Locations

RAFT workshops are currently held at one of the following locations. Please verify the location of your class(es) when registering.

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