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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 A Brief Introduction to DNA:

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A Brief Introduction to DNA

The name DeoxyriboNucleic Acid was a wise choice for the name of the molecule which holds the genetic code. The workbook used in this presentation clearly and simply explains some very elementary chemistry concepts, includes student activities and will make clear the origin of this name.

INSTRUCTOR: Gene Falk founder and president of BIGBIT Educational Systems was a mathematics and computer science teacher and a corporate trainer. His over 40 years of experience included training a worldwide team of instructors for Tandem Computers. For the past 10 years he has been teaching a variety of science courses for Lyceum of Santa Clara Valley. He is known for his innovative approach to teaching. Novice and experienced professionals, participating in Gene's classes enjoy a rich learning experience in a stimulating and exciting atmosphere and have fun too!

TARGET AUDIENCE: 3rd grade educators and up

COST: $15 for members; $30 for non-members

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Vibrant Van Gogh:

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Vibrant Van Gogh

Let Post-Impressionist painter Van Gogh invigorate the education. We'll investigate Van Gogh's subjects. We'll link children's literature on the artist (both biographies and Van Gorgeous fiction) with multi-themed crafts applicable to pre-school through 5th. Vincent's vivid palette will vibrate from Van Goo cupcakes, Van Glamorous hand-painted totes, Van Glorious radiating, spiraling Starry Nights, and vivacious scintillating, sparkling sunflowers.

INSTRUCTOR: Adele Stinson is a retired teacher from Northwood School (Berryessa District). She studied art history at the Universidad de Madrid, Espana (Spain) taught by the curator of the Prado Museum and at the Sorbonne. Adele has taught art history/craft classes at Northwood, Summerdale and Ruskin.

TARGET AUDIENCE: PreK - 5th grade educators.

COST: $15 for members; $30 for non-members

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 15, 2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, November 15, 2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Teambuilding for Kids:

RAFT Workshop

Teambuilding for Kids

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: Interested educators of all grade levels.

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

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 15, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, November 15, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 More Teambuilding for Kids:

RAFT Workshop

More Teambuilding for Kids

Expand your variety of teambuilding concepts with 20 games and ideas designed to connect students across diverse backgrounds, promote communication skills and enrich the classroom culture. More teambuilding for kids will simply add to your collection of games learned in Teambuilding for Kids. If you missed out on the Teambuilding for Kids workshop, start your collection with More Teambuilding for Kids and revert back to Teambuilding for Kids when you have time!

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

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 22, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Next Generation Science Standards for Beginners: Understanding and Unpacking the Performance Expectations:

RAFT Workshop

Next Generation Science Standards for Beginners: Understanding and Unpacking the Performance Expectations

The Next Generation Science Standards represent an approach to teaching science in a real-world, practice-based way in hopes of inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. This approach is not without its challenges. In this workshop participants will learn methods of understanding the performance expectations, or PEs, and the underlying skills that students must learn in order to achieve the PEs. The RAFT instructor will model how to unpack the PEs to identify those skills as well as provide ideas and activities supporting student mastery of the skills. The participant will leave the workshop with deeper knowledge of the science and engineering practices that serve as the vehicle to drive students into the roles of scientist and engineer!

INSTRUCTOR: Eric Welker is a science and math teacher with over 12 years of classroom experience, which includes supervising and mentoring many student teachers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology with an emphasis on science education. Eric is passionate about different theories pertaining to learning, applications of teacher leadership skills, and strategies for culturally-proficient instruction. He works full-time at RAFT as a master teacher, mentor, and activity developer. He also manages RAFT’s Fellowship Program. Eric enjoys helping teachers include RAFT activities in their curriculum planning and answering questions about hands-on teaching and learning.

TARGET AUDIENCE: 3rd-8th grade educators

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

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 One Stroke Painting for the Holidays:

RAFT Workshop

One Stroke Painting for the Holidays

One Stroke Painting is a painting technique that allows you to blend, shade, and high-light all in one stroke. We will create many different holiday pieces using one brush and acrylic paint. This technique can be used to paint on anything that doesn't move too fast, including paper, glass, metal, walls, cardboard, tiles - virtually any surface.

INSTRUCTOR: Sharen Delaune-Rensen is a longtime RAFT member who teaches adult and community education classes.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Interested educators of all grade levels.

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

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 6, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, December 6, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 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) 451-1421. To cancel your enrollment in a class - email or call 408-451-1421.

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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 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) 451-1421 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 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 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) 451-1421.

To cancel your enrollment in a class - email or call 408-451-1421.

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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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