RAFT Workshops

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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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.

San Jose State University (SJSU)

Participants can purchase one CEU from SJSU for every 10 hours of RAFT workshop instruction completed within a semester. This includes hands-on and non-Foothill computer classes. 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. Partial units are not available; Foothill class hours and 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 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.

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California Geology 101: A quick, practical, teacher-friendly guide to our very complicated Californian geology above and below the surface,-- complete with hands-on activities and demonstrations using RAFT kits and idea sheets. Topics will include explaining major features of California geology (including mountains, faults, volcanoes) in terms of plate tectonics, demonstrating that water running downhill is the dominant process in shaping our landscape (using a stream table), identifying types of California rocks and minerals and their uses, and understanding our natural resources, sustainable, renewable, and nonrenewable. Geared to grades 4-6, but concepts may be adapted to higher and lower grade levels.
INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Brooking is a teacher at Wilson Elementary. She is a long time RAFT member and an Innovation Fellow.
TARGET AUDIENCE:
COST: $20 for members; $35 for non-members
Saturday, April 26, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom B) 
Round Robin: Coaching and Mentoring: Coaches and mentors play an important role in developing people into effective and knowledgeable professionals within many fields such as medicine, law, sports, and education. Participants will learn the foundations of coaching and mentoring, including the roles, responsibilities, and characteristics of effective coaches and mentors. The class will be a blend of handouts, discussions, examples, and brief hands-on activities. This course is a must for people who may lead or manage others in any setting.
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).
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. Concurrently, Shalek is attending National University to receive an M.A. and credential in Education.
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: Interested educators of all grade levels
COST: FREE for members; $15 for non members
Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMRAFT San Jose     
Social and Emotional Concepts in the Early Childhood Education Classroom : (Wait List Only: Currently 1 on list)Have you ever had problems with students expressing themselves appropriately? We will explore hands on learning activities that teachers can use in the classroom to promote student's social and emotional self-awareness and diversity in self and others. Learn how to create an environment that encourages positive relationships between students, teachers, families and communities.
INSTRUCTOR: 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. Concurrently, Shalek is attending National University to receive an M.A. and credential in Education.
TARGET AUDIENCE: PreK - 2nd grade
COST: $20 for members; $35 for non-members
Saturday, April 26, 2014 1:00 PM - 4:00 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom A) 
Science Institute TK-2nd: This session focuses on topics and practices in science & engineering appropriate for grades TK-2. Participants will learn how to teach several hands-on activities that cover core curriculum topics in physical, earth, and life science as well as how to effectively connect language arts and math tasks with science lessons. Examples of curriculum topics include pushes and pulls (forces), speed, animals, plants, environment, weather & climate, light & sound, patterns & cycles, structure and properties of matter, and more! RAFT instructors will model strategies for teaching content as well as methods of classroom management during hands-on instruction. The session will include a discussion and provide examples of application of Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge model and provide ideas regarding assessment.
Lunch will be provided.
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: TK - 2nd grade educators
COST: $20 for members; $40 for non-members
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 9:30 AM - 3:30 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom A)  
Science Institute 3rd-5th: This session focuses on topics and practices in science & engineering appropriate for third to fifth grade. Participants will learn how to teach several hands-on activities that cover core curriculum topics in physical, earth, and life science as well as how to effectively connect language arts and math tasks with science lessons. Examples of curriculum topics include forces and interactions, magnetism, ecosystems, life cycles and traits, weather & climate, energy, waves, earth processes, cycles of matter, stars & the solar system, structure and properties of matter, and more! RAFT instructors will model strategies for teaching content as well as methods of classroom management during hands-on instruction. The session will include a discussion and provide examples of application of Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge model and provide ideas regarding assessment.
Lunch will be provided.
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 - 5th grade educators
COST: $20 for members; $40 for non-members
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 9:30 AM - 3:30 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom A) 
Science Institute 6th-12th: This session focuses on topics and practices in science & engineering appropriate for middle school. Participants will learn how to teach several hands-on activities that cover core curriculum topics in physical, earth, and life science as well as how to effectively connect language arts and math tasks with science lessons. Examples of curriculum topics include forces and interactions, chemical reactions, ecosystems, cells and inherited traits, weather & climate, matter & energy, waves & EM radiation, earth systems, cycles of matter, natural selection and adaptations, structure and properties of matter, and more! RAFT instructors will model strategies for teaching content as well as methods of classroom management during hands-on instruction. The session will include a discussion and provide examples of application of Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge model and provide ideas regarding assessment.
Lunch will be provided.
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: 6th-12th grade educators
COST: $20 for members: $40 for non-members
Thursday, June 19, 2014 9:30 AM - 3:30 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom A) 
Innovation Institute - The Challenge: The challenge - teaching 21century skills to students whose minds have been literally rewired by 21 century technology! The skills of innovation cut across all subject and grade levels and must take into account how young minds now take in and process what they experience. Experience an intriguing and hands-on overview of research that provides new insights into the minds of young learners. Explore sample activities to increase persistence, creativity, team functioning and problem solving. Learn how to help students become aware of how their minds work and thus gain control over their own learning. Enhance your abilities to be an educational catalyst that creates learning experiences key to the addressing the needs of the new Common Core Standards.
Lunch will be provided
INSTRUCTOR: 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.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Educators of all grade levels
COST: $20 for members; $40 for non-members
Thursday, June 26, 2014 9:30 AM - 3:30 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom A)    
6th - 8th Grade Math Institute: At our Redwood City location this Institute is a condensed version of topics, activities, discussions, and strategies covered in San Jose. What do good problem solvers do? Join us for a day of enriching 6th - 8th grade hands-on mathematics ideas that emphasize developing good student problem solving skills addressed in each of the 8 Common Core Mathematics Practices (1. Solve Problems; 2. Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively; 3. Create Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others; 4. Model with Mathematics; 5. Use Appropriate Tools Strategically; 6. Attend to Precision; 7. Look For and Make Use of Structure; and 8. Look For and Express Regularity in Repeated Reasoning). Learn how to integrate real world models for creative hands-on exploration, group work, and organizational learning techniques that make mathematics relevant and come alive! RAFT assumes that participants have prior knowledge of 6th - 8th grade mathematical content before taking this course.
Lunch will be provided.
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: 6th - 8th grade educators
COST: $20 for members; $40 for non-members
Saturday, June 28, 2014 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM RAFT Redwood City  
Nature Print Books: This variation on the pamphlet book structure has interesting flaps, envelopes and hidden openings. It contains prints of natural elements such as leaves, pods, seeds, twigs, flowers, fruit rinds and rocks. The prints that we make in a variety of ways will become the subject of our books.
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: interested educators of all grade levels
COST: $20 for members; $35 for non-members
Saturday, June 28, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom A)   
Early Childhood Learning (2-day institute): This 2-day institute will focus on hands-on science and math activities while incorporating all areas of STEM. Educators will use RAFT materials to participate in experimental and observational processes. These processes will help teach basic skills and build on young children's experiences and individual learning styles.
Lunch will be provided.
INSTRUCTOR: 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. Concurrently, Shalek is attending National University to receive an M.A. and credential in Education.
TARGET AUDIENCE: PreK-2nd grade educators
COST: $20 for members; $40 for non-members
ADDITIONAL DATES:
  • Wednesday, July 9, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014 9:30 AM - 3:30 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom A)      
    Transitional Kindergarten Institute: Since 2010 Transitional Kindergarten has been a challenge for some. We will explore how to hybrid preschool to kindergarten learning using hands-on activities. We will provide various ways to set up and manage the classroom that will combine the essential foundations of preschool with the California Common Core Standards for kindergarten, nurturing each child's intellectual and social-emotional growth.
    Lunch will be provided.
    INSTRUCTOR: 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. Concurrently, Shalek is attending National University to receive an M.A. and credential in Education.
    TARGET AUDIENCE: TK educators
    COST: $20 for members; $40 for non-members
    Thursday, July 10, 2014 9:30 AM - 3:30 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom A)       
    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
    Saturday, July 12, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom B) 
    3rd-5th Grade Math Institute (2-day institute): What do good problem solvers do? Join us for 2 days of enriching 3rd - 5th grade hands-on mathematics ideas that emphasize developing good student problem solving skills addressed in each of the 8 Common Core Mathematics Practices (1. Solve Problems; 2. Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively; 3. Create Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others; 4. Model with Mathematics; 5. Use Appropriate Tools Strategically; 6. Attend to Precision; 7. Look For and Make Use of Structure; and 8. Look For and Express Regularity in Repeated Reasoning). Learn how to integrate real world models for creative hands-on exploration, group work, and organizational learning techniques that make mathematics relevant and come alive! RAFT assumes that participants have prior knowledge of 3rd - 5th grade mathematical content before taking this course.
    Lunch will be provided.
    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: 3rd-5th grade educators
    COST: $20 for members; $40 for non-members
    ADDITIONAL DATES:
  • Thursday, July 17, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014 9:30 AM - 3:30 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom B) 
    One Stroke Painting: 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 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
    Saturday, July 19, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom A) 
    Early Learning Math Institute: Start the new school year with activities and ideas that address Pre-K through 2nd grade math concepts. Games and materials to extend lessons beyond the workbook page and support the transition kindergarten student will be presented. All are appropriate for use in the classroom or as a take-home activity. A resource list, activity models, literature links, and websites will be shared. Lunch will be provided.(A Spanish translator will be available for this institute.)
    INSTRUCTORS: Juanita Ryan is employed as an Educator Associate at RAFT Redwood City. She retired from the Berryessa Union School District after 36 years of teaching 1st - 5th grades at Toyon School in San Jose, CA.
    Susan Sakaguchi Susan Sakaguchi is a former special education teacher with 30+ years of experience working with K-5th grade students with a wide variety of learning disabilities. Susan holds a master’s degree in special education from Santa Clara University and is currently assisting new special educators who are fulfilling the requirements for clearing their credentials through the BTSA program. In addition to mentoring with the Silicon Valley New Teacher Project, she has co-presented workshops at the RAFT in Redwood City and San Jose.
    TARGET AUDIENCE: Prek-2nd grade educators
    COST: $20 for members; $40 for non-members
    Saturday, July 19, 2014 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM RAFT Redwood City   
    Innovation Institute: Innovation in Action (2-day institute): Encouraging kids to innovate sounds good, but how do we make it happen? We will briefly review the impact of distractions and the importance of creative persistence. Before jumping into action, participants will share their candid concerns about innovation. How can I prepare my students? How do I stay in control? Will this take time away from other goals I need to achieve? Where does innovation fit in the new standards? These and other questions will be answered. Practical tools for collaboration, brainstorming, prototyping, and project-based learning will be modeled. We will tie all techniques to the Common Core and NGSS. The over-arching theme of this session will be INTEGRATION - blending a little innovation every classroom experience to open the door for cross-disciplinary learning.
    Lunch will be provided.
    INSTRUCTOR: Greg Brown is the current Director of Education at Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT), in San Jose, CA.
    TARGET AUDIENCE: educators of all grade levels
    COST: $20 for members; $40 for non-members
    ADDITIONAL DATES:
  • Thursday, July 24, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 9:30 AM - 3:30 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom A)    
    Using Cartooning to Teach Curriculum (for the Artistically Challenged Teacher): If you can't draw much more than stick figures, this is the workshop for you! We will find many ways to use cartooning to teach language, math, science, history, etc. while engaging students and helping them discover underlying concepts and structures.
    INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Brooking is a teacher at Wilson Elementary. She is a long time RAFT member and an Innovation Fellow.
    TARGET AUDIENCE: Kindergarten - 8th grade educators
    COST: $20 for members; $35 for non-members
    Saturday, July 26, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom A)    
    Innovation Institute: Innovation in Action: At our Redwood City location this institute is a condensed version of topics, activities, discussions, and strategies covered in San Jose. Encouraging kids to innovate sounds good, but how do we make it happen? We will briefly review the impact of distractions and the importance of creative persistence. Before jumping into action, participants will share their candid concerns about innovation. How can I prepare my students? How do I stay in control? Will this take time away from other goals I need to achieve? Where does innovation fit in the new standards? These and other questions will be answered. Practical tools for collaboration, brainstorming, prototyping, and project-based learning will be modeled. We will tie all techniques to the Common Core and NGSS. The over-arching theme of this session will be INTEGRATION - blending a little innovation every classroom experience to open the door for cross-disciplinary learning.
    Lunch will be provided.
    INSTRUCTOR: Greg Brown is the current Director of Education at Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT), in San Jose, CA.
    TARGET AUDIENCE: educators of all grade levels
    COST: $20 for members; $40 for non-members
    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM RAFT Redwood City     
    6th-8th Grade Math Institute (2-day institute): What do good problem solvers do? Join us for 2 days of enriching 6th - 8th grade hands-on mathematics ideas that emphasize developing good student problem solving skills addressed in each of the 8 Common Core Mathematics Practices (1. Solve Problems; 2. Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively; 3. Create Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others; 4. Model with Mathematics; 5. Use Appropriate Tools Strategically; 6. Attend to Precision; 7. Look For and Make Use of Structure; and 8. Look For and Express Regularity in Repeated Reasoning). Learn how to integrate real world models for creative hands-on exploration, group work, and organizational learning techniques that make mathematics relevant and come alive! RAFT assumes that participants have prior knowledge of 6th - 8th grade mathematical content before taking this course.
    Lunch will be provided.
    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: 6th - 8th grade educators
    COST: $20 for members; $40 for non-members
    ADDITIONAL DATES:
  • Thursday, August 7, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014 9:30 AM - 3:30 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom A) 
    Science Institute: At our Redwood City location the Science Institute is a condensed version of topics, activities, discussions, and strategies covered in San Jose for grades TK-8. This session focuses on topics and practices in science & engineering appropriate for third to fifth grade. Participants will learn how to teach several hands-on activities that cover core curriculum topics in physical, earth, and life science as well as how to effectively connect language arts and math tasks with science lessons. Examples of curriculum topics include forces and interactions, animals, plants, environment, magnetism, ecosystems, life cycles and traits, weather & climate, energy, waves, earth processes, cycles of matter, stars & the solar system, structure and properties of matter, and more! RAFT instructors will model strategies for teaching content as well as methods of classroom management during hands-on instruction. The session will include a discussion and provide examples of application of Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge model and provide ideas regarding assessment.
    Lunch will be provided.
    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: TK - 8th grade educators
    COST: $20 for members; $40 for non-members
    Thursday, August 7, 2014 9:30 PM - 3:30 PM RAFT Redwood City  
    World Culture with Tassels: Tassels are useful for many projects, for young and old alike. The student can make either simple or sophisticated tassels, pushing their own creativity. This class will include a basic discussion about working with color. Maps with specific cultural references noted. Third grade and up. Key chains and tassels will be finished with different color harmonies of your choice. So creative, fun, and satisfying.
    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 grade educators and up
    COST: $20 for members; $35 for non-members
    Saturday, August 9, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom A)  
    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: educators of all grade levels
    COST: $20 for members; $40 for non-members
    Saturday, August 16, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom A) 

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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.