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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 One Stroke Painting - Summer Flower Power:

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One Stroke Painting - Summer Flower Power

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: Educators of all grade levels.

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 12

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Easy Paper Marbling & Bookbinding:

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Easy Paper Marbling & Bookbinding

Produce amazing, color-drenched patterns instantly without pricey supplies! Marbling can be done in different ways, producing a variety of results. Learn quick bookbinding techniques and finish with a precious, personal book covered with your art.

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: 3rd - 12th grade educators.

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 18

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, June 20, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, June 20, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 STEM Institute: Science:

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STEM Institute: Science

The Science session of the STEM Institute focuses on important aspects of science education such as activities to teach science content, methods for teaching inquiry-based and project-based lessons, strategies for management in practice-oriented classrooms, and more. Special emphasis is placed on identifying opportunities and methods of applying the science, engineering, and mathematics practices in the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core Mathematics standards because the practices provide the action-oriented language required of effective STEM instruction. 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. Participants will have exclusive access to the information, lesson plan templates, formative assessment tools, and other supporting documents on the session website. Register today!

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; $150 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 20

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
 STEM Institute: Technology for the 21st Century Classroom:

RAFT Workshop

STEM Institute: Technology for the 21st Century Classroom

Technology provides effective methods for students and professionals to collect and share data, facilitate collaborative discussions, and create ongoing libraries of knowledge. The Technology session of the STEM Institute focuses on the use of technology as a means of making instruction efficient and modern. Participants will learn how to use various applications and tools to facilitate student learning, increase teacher productivity, and provide a tech-based means of classroom management. The instructor will also model ways of using technology to facilitate and assess group collaboration and learning experiences. Participants will have exclusive access to the information, tools, and other supporting documents on the session website. Register today!

INSTRUCTOR: 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: 3rd - 8th grade educators

COST:

SEATS AVAILABLE: 20

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
 STEM Institute: Engineering:

RAFT Workshop

STEM Institute: Engineering

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. The Engineering session of the STEM Institute focuses on applying the engineering design process and the science and engineering practices of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Participants will experience several hands-on activities that emphasize design principles, identification & analysis of material attributes, and building prototypes. Activity formats will include individual, group, and design challenge to provide participants ideas for incorporating the engineering design process in a variety of contexts. The instructors will model and explain activity set-up and procedures that will increase efficiency and help avoid potential pitfalls. Participants will have exclusive access to the information, tools, and other supporting documents on the session website. Register today!

INSTRUCTORS: Michael Pollock taught hands-on science to both mainstream and special needs elementary students for 25 years. He currently works at RAFT helping to produce educational kits.

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.

Greg Brown is the current Director of Education at Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT), in San Jose, CA.

TARGET AUDIENCE: 3rd - 8th grade educators

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 18

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, June 25, 2015 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Thursday, June 25, 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. The Mathematics session of the STEM Institute focuses on important aspects of mathematics education such as engaging activities that teach math content, methods for teaching problem-solving strategies, methods for management in practice-oriented classrooms, and more. Special emphasis is placed on identifying opportunities and methods of applying the mathematics practices in the Common Core Mathematics standards. These practices provide the action-oriented language required of effective STEM instruction. 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. Participants will have exclusive access to the information, lesson plan templates, formative assessment tools, and other supporting documents on the session website. Register today!

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: $150 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 18

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Friday, June 26, 2015 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Friday, June 26, 2015 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
 One Stroke Painting - Summer Flower Power:

RAFT Workshop

One Stroke Painting - Summer Flower Power

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: Educators of all grade levels.

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 12

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, June 27, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, June 27, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 STEM Institute: Science:

RAFT Workshop

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: 21

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:

RAFT Workshop

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: 23

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:

RAFT Workshop

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: 22

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: 23

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: 18

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: 18

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: 18

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: 18

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: 18

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 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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