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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 STEM Institute: Science:

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STEM Institute: Science

STEM is a common term used to describe a curriculum designed to teach science, technology, engineering, and math with an interdisciplinary approach, allowing students to apply knowledge and practices from all four fields into one blended methodology of problem-solving used in the real world. Science at early education level is designed to aid experimental and observational process. In Wild Science we will explore hands on concepts which will help young explorers experience the foundational components of science (physical, life science and earth environment). Special emphasis is placed on identifying opportunities and methods of applying the science, engineering, and mathematics practices in the Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core Mathematics standards and the new Desired Results Development profile (DRDP) 2015 because the practices provide the action-oriented language required of effective STEM instruction. We will also use different types of creative art to enhance STEM lesson. We Participants will learn how to conduct and assess the activities presented as well as how to design PBL and challenge-type learning experiences around each activity. The instructor will model ways of using technology to facilitate and assess group collaboration and learning in these experiences.

INSTRUCTOR: Shalek Chappill has worked with children of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. She works full-time at RAFT as a Master teacher, activity developer helping new and experienced educators incorporate RAFT activities into their curricula. Shalek holds an M.A. and credential in Education.

TARGET AUDIENCE: PreK - 2nd grade educators

COST: $20 for members; $150 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 7

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, July 8, 2015 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
 STEM Institute: Technology:

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STEM Institute: Technology

STEM is a common term used to describe a curriculum designed to teach science, technology, engineering, and math with an interdisciplinary approach, allowing students to apply knowledge and practices from all four fields into one blended methodology of problem-solving used in the real world. T-Time is tech time for PreK-2! In this session we will focus on tools specifically for PreK-2 grade. Participants will experience how to use a variety of technology applications and tools to facilitate student learning, increase teacher productivity, and make learning fun for young learners! Special emphasis is placed on identifying opportunities and methods of applying the science, engineering, and mathematics practices in the Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core Mathematics standards and the new Desired Results Development profile (DRDP) 2015 because the practices provide the action-oriented language required of effective STEM instruction. The instructor will also model ways of using technology to facilitate group collaboration and learning experiences. Participants will have exclusive access to the information, tools, and other supporting documents.

INSTRUCTOR: Shalek Chappill has worked with children of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. She works full-time at RAFT as a Master teacher, activity developer helping new and experienced educators incorporate RAFT activities into their curricula. Shalek holds an M.A. and credential in Education.

TARGET AUDIENCE: PreK - 2nd grade educators

COST: $20 for members; $150 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 10

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Thursday, July 9, 2015 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Thursday, July 9, 2015 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
 STEM Institute: Engineering:

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STEM Institute: Engineering

STEM is a common term used to describe a curriculum designed to teach science, technology, engineering, and math with an interdisciplinary approach, allowing students to apply knowledge and practices from all four fields into one blended methodology of problem-solving used in the real world. Engineering is a discipline focused on the development of design solutions that solve particular problems or meet specific societal needs. Engineers apply technology, scientific knowledge, and computational thinking in the design process as well as several 21st century competencies such as teamwork, brainstorming, the 4 C's, and communicating ideas and evidence to support the effectiveness of their design solutions. STEM Institute focuses on applying the engineering design process and the science and engineering practices of the new Desired Results Development profile (DRDP) 2015 and Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will experience several hands-on activities that emphasize design principles, identification & analysis of material attributes, and building prototypes. Come join the fun and be the engineer you have always wanted to be.

INSTRUCTOR: Shalek Chappill has worked with children of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. She works full-time at RAFT as a Master teacher, activity developer helping new and experienced educators incorporate RAFT activities into their curricula. Shalek holds an M.A. and credential in Education.

TARGET AUDIENCE: PreK - 2nd grade educators

COST: $20 for members; $150 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 6

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Friday, July 10, 2015 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Friday, July 10, 2015 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
 STEM Institute: Math:

RAFT Workshop

STEM Institute: Math

STEM is a common term used to describe a curriculum designed to teach science, technology, engineering, and math with an interdisciplinary approach, allowing students to apply knowledge and practices from all four fields into one blended methodology of problem-solving used in the real world. Bored with the basic math routine? Come join the fun in Magical Math. We will learn how to create games and activities to unlock the magic in basic math. Special emphasis is placed on identifying opportunities and methods of applying the mathematics practices in the Common Core Mathematics standards and the new Desired Result Development Profile (DRDP). Participants will learn how to conduct and assess fun and exciting activities that will enhance young student's experiences while weaving in other areas of learning domains (science, literacy, social emotional, etc.).

INSTRUCTOR: Shalek Chappill has worked with children of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. She works full-time at RAFT as a Master teacher, activity developer helping new and experienced educators incorporate RAFT activities into their curricula. Shalek holds an M.A. and credential in Education.

TARGET AUDIENCE: PreK - 2nd grade educators

COST: $20 for members; $150 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 11

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, July 11, 2015 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Saturday, July 11, 2015 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
 Teambuilding I:

RAFT Workshop

Teambuilding I

Games can promote learning in the classroom, as well as cooperative learning on the playground. This collection of games and mixers is designed to connect students across diverse backgrounds, promote communication and enrich the classroom culture. Many of the concepts will also augment existing teaching techniques. Variations of these games are appropriate for students of all ages. The instructor will have his books and DVDs available for sale during the workshop.

INSTRUCTOR: Steve Peck Steven Peck started working with kids in 1976 at the Cupertino YMCA as a camp counselor. He was a bicycle tour leader for five summer seasons taking teenagers on trips lasting 3 to 4 weeks. He also has worked with foreign exchange students escorting them on week-long tours in the United States. Since 1992, Steve has worked extensively with camps catering to burn-injured children in California, Washington, Illinois, Georgia, Missouri, Utah and Toronto. His primary roles in the burn camp community are designing & facilitating counselor training programs, working with the Counselor in Training programs and facilitating age appropriate games with the campers. Peck has spoken about games and training at conferences hosted by the American Camping Association, American Burn Association and the International Association of Burn Camps. Peck has facilitated several teambuilding events for corporate clients including Autodesk, KLA-Tencor, Hitachi Data Systems, Proofpoint, and the NFL. Steve also has been developing training programs for Olympic sponsors since the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. His list of Olympic clients include Visa, AT&T, Bank of America and most recently Proctor & Gamble. He recently completed his fourth book entitled Another 101 Games and Gimmicks for Kid People. He has also produced three game DVDs as well. Check him out on his website: www.GAMESARENOWHERE.com

TARGET AUDIENCE: Educators of all grade levels.

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 16

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, July 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, July 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Tunnel Books for Science:

RAFT Workshop

Tunnel Books for Science

Tunnel Books are a fascinating and popular form of book with a long history. They were once referred to as "peep show books". The viewer looks through a hole or window to see the pictures on the rest of the pages. It is a unique way of layering images providing a 3D effect. Text can be utilized too. We are going to focus on how tunnel books can be used for science in Grades 2-6.

INSTRUCTOR: CJ Grossman has an MFA from California College of the Arts and a BS in social Welfare from San Francisco State. CJ works with mixed media, specializing in book arts, and exhibits her work nationally. CJ has taught thousands of children and adults how to make books and has a passion for teaching educators how to make books with kids. She lives in Berkeley and is former editor of "Kids Making Books."

TARGET AUDIENCE: 2nd - 6th grade educators.

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 14

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, July 18, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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Saturday, July 18, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 Teambuilding II:

RAFT Workshop

Teambuilding II

Join us to further build your repertoire of games designed to promote teambuilding in the classroom and to augment existing teaching techniques. All new and different games than we played in Teambuilding I.

Note that both of the Teambuilding workshops offered at RAFT are different. You do not need to take Teambuilding I to take Teambuilding II.

INSTRUCTOR: Steve Peck Steven Peck started working with kids in 1976 at the Cupertino YMCA as a camp counselor. He was a bicycle tour leader for five summer seasons taking teenagers on trips lasting 3 to 4 weeks. He also has worked with foreign exchange students escorting them on week-long tours in the United States. Since 1992, Steve has worked extensively with camps catering to burn-injured children in California, Washington, Illinois, Georgia, Missouri, Utah and Toronto. His primary roles in the burn camp community are designing & facilitating counselor training programs, working with the Counselor in Training programs and facilitating age appropriate games with the campers. Peck has spoken about games and training at conferences hosted by the American Camping Association, American Burn Association and the International Association of Burn Camps. Peck has facilitated several teambuilding events for corporate clients including Autodesk, KLA-Tencor, Hitachi Data Systems, Proofpoint, and the NFL. Steve also has been developing training programs for Olympic sponsors since the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. His list of Olympic clients include Visa, AT&T, Bank of America and most recently Proctor & Gamble. He recently completed his fourth book entitled Another 101 Games and Gimmicks for Kid People. He has also produced three game DVDs as well. Check him out on his website: www.GAMESARENOWHERE.com

TARGET AUDIENCE: Interested educators of all grade levels.

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 15

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, July 25, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, July 25, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Easy Engineering for 2nd - 5th Grade Educators:

RAFT Workshop

Easy Engineering for 2nd - 5th Grade Educators

Easy engineering projects based on RAFT activity kits that help teach Common Core Math Standards and reinforce the Next Generation Science Standards engineering practices.

INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Brooking is a 6th grade teacher in a Title I school, and has presented RAFT workshops for several years focusing on integrating science, math, engineering, and art. She is also a RAFT Innovation Fellow. Elizabeth participates in the Exploratorium Teacher Institute, BAESI, and the California Math Council North.

TARGET AUDIENCE: 2nd - 5th grade educators.

COST: $10 for members; $25 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 15

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, August 8, 2015 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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Saturday, August 8, 2015 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
 Easy Engineering for 6th - 8th Grade Educators:

RAFT Workshop

Easy Engineering for 6th - 8th Grade Educators

Easy engineering projects based on RAFT activity kits that help teach Common Core Math Standards and reinforce the Next Generation Science Standards engineering practices.

INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Brooking is a 6th grade teacher in a Title I school, and has presented RAFT workshops for several years focusing on integrating science, math, engineering, and art. She is also a RAFT Innovation Fellow. Elizabeth participates in the Exploratorium Teacher Institute, BAESI, and the California Math Council North.

TARGET AUDIENCE: 6th - 8th grade educators.

COST: $10 for members; $25 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 12

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, August 8, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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Saturday, August 8, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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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 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.

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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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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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