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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 Using Improv Techniques to Teach Common Core:

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Using Improv Techniques to Teach Common Core

Looking for ways to deepen your students' learning while engaging their minds and bodies? We will discuss and practice ways to liven up your classroom with proven acting and improvisation exercises. You will be able to use these techniques on Monday!

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: Educators of all grade levels.

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

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 17, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, January 17, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Connecting Literacy to STEM Using Basic Tools:

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Connecting Literacy to STEM Using Basic Tools

In this round robin we will have a brief discussion on methods that teachers can use to connect literacy and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). We will give handouts and other resources suggesting effective use of technology in the learning environment.

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

Seema Khan is the Instructional Technology Educator at RAFT responsible for technology integration with hands-on learning and CCSS/NGSS. An educator with ten years of classroom experience, she has spent the last seven years integrating technology in classroom, developing and delivering tech trainings for teachers. Seema strongly believes in “People First” to emphasize that pedagogy and teachers should drive curriculum, not the technology. With dual Master’s Degree in Bio-Science (Bioinformatics specialization) and Instructional Science and Technology, she has the academic depth needed to incorporate technology in all content areas and prepare educators for the 21st century.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Pre-K - 3rd grade educators.

COST: FREE for members

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 24, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, January 24, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Tunnel Books:

RAFT Workshop

Tunnel Books

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 on the accordion sides, if desired.

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: 3rd grade educators and up.

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

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 31, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Potpourri of Cards 4:

RAFT Workshop

Potpourri of Cards 4

Make a variety of unique cards to impress your students, friends and relatives. Cards can be used for any season or occasion. Some are magical while others are perfect for display. Instructions for card making are very student (grades 4 through adults) friendly. This is a brand new workshop in the Potpourri of Cards series.

INSTRUCTORS: Jean Suzuki is a retired geometry and computer teacher who loves crafting with paper. She has been creating RAFT project ideas and leading RAFT workshops for several years.

Gloriane Hirata has been an active supporter of RAFT and was formerly the Science Coordinator for the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Interested educators of all grade levels.

COST: $25 for members; $40 for non-members

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 7, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, February 7, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Design Thinking and Project Based Learning:

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Design Thinking and Project Based Learning

RAFT materials will be used to have you go through the Design Thinking process. You will create a leprechaun trap and a community map with 3-D buildings. I will also go over the process and how to present design thinking to a class to your class.

INSTRUCTOR: Alicia Chapman went to UCSD for her undergraduate work. She majored in Communications and Political Science. Studying abroad in Paris, France, she was able to travel all over Europe. Taking a non-profit job in Sacramento, she then decided to go back to school to become a teacher. Before going back, she went on a six month backpacking trip across South America. The experience changed her life, seeing the world differently. She attended San Jose state for her credential and was hired in the Los Altos School District for the 2011-2012 school year and is now in her third year teaching 1st grade.

TARGET AUDIENCE: K - 3rd grade educators.

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

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 28, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 One Stroke Painting: Spring Flowers:

RAFT Workshop

One Stroke Painting: Spring Flowers

One Stroke Painting is a painting technique that allows you to blend, shade, and high-light all in one stroke. We will have spring themed projects 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, March 7, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, March 7, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Teambuilding:

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Teambuilding

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, March 14, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, March 14, 2015 9:00 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, VanGlorious radiating, spiraling Starry Nights, and vivacious scintillating and 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: Pre K - 5th grade educators.

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

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 MASKS, MASKS, MASKS!:

RAFT Workshop

MASKS, MASKS, MASKS!

Create masks from fabric collaged over milk cartons, out of dryer lint, and more, with inspiring examples from many cultures. These easy to learn ways are great for classroom mask-making.

INSTRUCTOR: Patti Henry has taught art at all levels since 1966, including nearly 13 years in the Art Dept. at SJSU, and has been offering creative and unique RAFT workshops for several years.

TARGET AUDIENCE: K - 8th grade educators.

COST: $25 for members; $40 for non-members

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 21, 2015 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Saturday, March 21, 2015 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
 Engaging Children using Eric Carle's Books:

RAFT Workshop

Engaging Children using Eric Carle's Books

Learn how to integrate art to help your students understand content better, by using Eric Carle's books. You will create your own collage using his technique.

INSTRUCTOR: Gabriele Martz is a teacher at Olinder Elementary. She is also a very active RAFT volunteer, and one of RAFT's 2008 Innovation Fellows.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Pre K - 1st grade educators.

COST: $25 for members; $40 for non-members

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 28, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, March 28, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Silkworms and Butterflies:

RAFT Workshop

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Silkworms and Butterflies

Investigate the life cycle of a silkworm and butterfly, and learn more about them than you ever thought possible! Cross-curricular lessons and projects presented in the workshop will include: 3-D life cycles, pop-up books, comparing moths and butterflies (such as the Anise swallowtail) and using Venn diagrams, scientific drawing, notebooks, and more. Extensions for biological and genetic experimentation will also be presented. A comprehensive bibliography will be provided for a successful insect unit in your own classroom.

INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen J White is a RAFT volunteer and a kindergarten teacher at West Valley Elementary School in the Cupertino School District. As the lead science teacher for her school for the last 11 years, she has planned and facilitated 10 successful Family Science Night Events. The March 2012 Event served over 700 students and parent(s) over two nights.

TARGET AUDIENCE: K - 12th grade educators.

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

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

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

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 STREAM: Integrating Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math:

RAFT Workshop

STREAM: Integrating Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math

Going beyond STEM, we will integrate curriculum to engage students with thoughtfully designed lessons and projects. RAFT kits and idea sheets, STREAM Templates, resources, guidance, and samples will be provided. You will have time to work with each other to plan for next year! Addresses Common Core Science and Math writing standards as well as Next Generation Science Standards.

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: K - 4th grade educators.

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

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 NASA’S BEST – Satellites and Space Flight:

RAFT Workshop

NASA’S BEST – Satellites and Space Flight

Have you ever wondered how to engage students in scientific and engineering practices using simple, everyday materials that might otherwise go to waste? NASA's Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology, or BEST, activities bring the principles of engineering alive to younger audiences. NASA's BEST activities help teach students the engineering design process while supporting Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. The activities can be used to supplement curricula during the school day or as activities for after school clubs and youth programs.

Come be a student, and explore the versatility and possibilities of NASA's BEST through inquiry learning experiences. Leave with ideas and inspiration to integrate hands on learning into any content area to keep your students engaged.

INSTRUCTOR: Mera Burton is a STEM Engagement Specialist for the AERO Institute NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Office of Education. She delivers professional development programs to K-8 in-service and pre-service teachers as well as to educators in informal settings. She provides her expertise in NASA STEM content and other NASA educational resources to schools and youth programs throughout Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. She is 2014-2015 RAFT Fellow recipient.

TARGET AUDIENCE: 3rd – 8th Grade Formal and Informal Educators

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

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Modeling Connections between NGSS and Common Core Math Practices:

RAFT Workshop

Modeling Connections between NGSS and Common Core Math Practices

The needs of the 21st century require solutions from innovative people who possess practical scientific and mathematical knowledge and the necessary skills to apply it. Mathematicians, scientists, and engineers are connected through the activities they do within their disciplines. This workshop focuses on the connections between the math, science, and engineering practices embedded within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). The instructors will demonstrate how to identify specific practices using RAFT activities and then model how to build practical connections between the practices in science, math, and engineering. Participants will learn to identify the practices and provide examples of their application through hands-on activities, group discussion, and other useful tools.

INSTRUCTORS: 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).

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: The ideas and activities will be presented to be most appropriate for grades 3-8.

COST: FREE for members

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 One Stroke Painting: Spring Flowers:

RAFT Workshop

One Stroke Painting: Spring Flowers

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 spring flowers and leaves 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 Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 2, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, May 2, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 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.

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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 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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