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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 The Musical Classroom:

RAFT Workshop

The Musical Classroom

Participants will explore the many ways in which music can support and enhance the learning in your classroom. We will discuss (and sing) songs for transitions (lining up/setting down...), songs related to content, and songs to support SEL curriculum. Come with questions, and favorite songs to share. This workshop is perfect for both veteran and beginning teachers!

INSTRUCTOR: Dianne Hurvitz joined the education team at RAFT after 8 years of teaching in classrooms PK-8. She earned a bachelor's degree in music, and a master’s degree in education. Dianne’s experience is diverse with a history in public, private, urban, rural, and non-classroom teaching environments. She has been a founding teacher at 2 schools, on opposite coasts, where she developed curriculum, created scopes and sequences, and established various programs including sports, music, drama, and wellness. Dianne is dedicated to supporting teachers through coaching and exploring innovations in education.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Pre-K to 4th grade teachers

COST: $20 for members; $35 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 20

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 23, 2017 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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Thursday, February 23, 2017 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
 Awesome Pi Day Activities:

RAFT Workshop

Awesome Pi Day Activities

Time to get ready for Pi Day at RAFT Me Hearties! Come to RAFT for some amazing Pi Day activity ideas and find out how you can help your students learn more about Pi, that irrational number! Fair ye landlubbers! Pi-RATES! Set yer sails and join RAFT's Math Activity Developer, who will share a boatload of Pi-Day activities that honor Pi, celebrated on March 14! Shiver Me Timbers and yo-ho-ho! RAFT 'tis the way to go! Arrrggghhh!

INSTRUCTOR: Jeanne Lazzarini is RAFT’s Mathematics Master Teacher/Activity Developer/Mentor specializing in Mathematics Education with a lifetime Single Subject CA Teaching Credential in Mathematics (K - adult). Her educational background includes a B.S. in Mathematics with honors from Santa Clara University; Masters in Teaching Mathematics graduate program at UC Davis; and post-graduate studies in Computer Science from Santa Clara University. She taught adult satellite tracking classes for the Dept. of Defense (7 years); GATE Math classes for San Jose Unified (1 year); First Grade (2 years); Jr. High Math (8 years); and Bellarmine High Geometry in summer school (3 years).

TARGET AUDIENCE: 4th - 8th grade teachers

COST: $20 for members; $40.00 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 20

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 2, 2017 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
 One-Stroke Painting:

RAFT Workshop

One-Stroke Painting

Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills for students. It is a great medium for teaching multiple content areas as well. For teachers, art can be a creative and relaxing way to reduce stress and explore other interests. In this workshop participants will have fun practicing good hand-eye coordination as they learn the skills needed to effectively apply the one-stroke painting technique on various materials such as glass, fabric, and cardboard. Participants will learn to load the brush and use particular brush strokes inherent in the technique. This relaxing session is perfect for both veteran and beginning teachers!

INSTRUCTOR: Sharen Delaune-Rensen is a longtime RAFT member who teaches adult and community education classes. She has taught the one-stroke painting technique for over 10 years and has explored a variety of applications with numerous materials, many of which can be found at RAFT.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators

COST: $20 for members; $40 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 15

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
 From Green Screen to PBL:

RAFT Workshop

From Green Screen to PBL

Learn how to create Green Screen (aka ChromaKey) videos. Add imagination and fun to your classroom's projects by learning the basics of Green Screen. Our class will cover the basic components of setup, recording, and editing using apps and Apple iMovie. We will conclude with a brainstorming session on how to apply Green Screen and multimedia projects into your curriculum to enhance PBL.

INSTRUCTOR: Tony Luong 

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators

COST: $20 for members; $40.00 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 20

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 16, 2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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Thursday, March 16, 2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 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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