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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 Laser Cutter 1: Safety and Basic Understanding of the Laser Machine:

RAFT Workshop

Laser Cutter 1: Safety and Basic Understanding of the Laser Machine

Laser cutting machines help to create many customized items by using laser technology to etch, engrave, and cut through a wide variety of materials. This workshop gives participants the knowledge and practice required to safely operate the machine on their own and provides an understanding of the different pieces of hardware. Participants will learn how to calibrate and configure the machine for different tasks and materials. RAFT members who complete the training will be certified to use the machine. Attendance: Participants who are late may be rescheduled in another session. Please be on time.

INSTRUCTORS: Eric Welker is a science and math teacher with 13+ years of classroom teaching experience in both middle and high school settings. He holds a BA in biology with an emphasis in science education and a master's in education. Eric's areas of interest in education are learning theories, applications of teacher leadership, instructional design, and strategies for developing student-centered pedagogy. He has been at RAFT for nine years working as a curriculum engineer, tinkerer, coach, researcher, workshop presenter, and project manager. Eric has taught over 200 teacher workshops on STEM education, Next Generation Science Standards, design thinking, coaching & mentoring, classroom management, and assessment.

Tony Luong is an educator specializing in Technology and Design Thinking. He has taught English as a Foreign Language in Vietnam, technology to elementary school students in San Carlos School District, and international development to undergraduates as a fellowship director. He graduated S.F.S.U with Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Asian American Studies. His goal is to build upon the knowledge, practice, and confidence of all his students by leveraging the principles of hands-on building, visualization, gamification, and technology-infused approaches.

TARGET AUDIENCE: all educators

COST: $75 for members; $100 for non-members ($75 for workshop + $25 RAFT Membership).

SEATS AVAILABLE: 1

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, October 5, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
 One-Stroke Painting:

RAFT Workshop

One-Stroke Painting

Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills for students. It is a great medium for teaching multiple content areas as well. For teachers, art can be a creative and relaxing way to reduce stress and explore other interests. In this workshop participants will have fun practicing good hand-eye coordination as they learn the skills needed to effectively apply the one-stroke painting technique on various materials such as glass, fabric, and cardboard. Participants will learn to load the brush and use particular brush strokes inherent in the technique. This relaxing session is perfect for both veteran and beginning teachers!

INSTRUCTOR: Sharen Delaune-Rensen is a longtime RAFT member who teaches adult and community education classes. She has taught the one-stroke painting technique for over 10 years and has explored a variety of applications with numerous materials, many of which can be found at RAFT.

TARGET AUDIENCE: all educators

COST: $25 for members; $35 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 15

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 14, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, October 14, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 RAFT Idea Sheet Series: Focus on Applied Mathematics in Science:

RAFT Workshop

RAFT Idea Sheet Series: Focus on Applied Mathematics in Science

Re-purposing materials is the heart of innovation at RAFT. Over the years RAFT has created hundreds idea sheets, which are standards-aligned instructions for teaching hands-on activities that focus on specific subject area topics and embrace the creative use of materials. They are meant to serve students in a range of grades depending on the educational objectives of the user. Participants will learn how to conduct several RAFT activities that focus on a variety of science concepts that require mathematics to analyze, explain, model, etc. For example, one activity will model collecting, analyzing, and graphing species data by obtaining samples from a model habitat. The activities will vary in both grade level and complexity, providing teachers with lots of strategies for differentiating each activity to accommodate a range of skills.

INSTRUCTOR: Eric Welker is a science and math teacher with 13+ years of classroom teaching experience in both middle and high school settings. He holds a BA in biology with an emphasis in science education and a master's in education. Eric's areas of interest in education are learning theories, applications of teacher leadership, instructional design, and strategies for developing student-centered pedagogy. He has been at RAFT for nine years working as a curriculum engineer, tinkerer, coach, researcher, workshop presenter, and project manager. Eric has taught over 200 teacher workshops on STEM education, Next Generation Science Standards, design thinking, coaching & mentoring, classroom management, and assessment.

TARGET AUDIENCE: K-8 Teachers

COST: $25 for members; $35 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 20

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, October 19, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 Makerspace Development: Teaching in the Space:

RAFT Workshop

Makerspace Development: Teaching in the Space

A makerspace is, at its heart, a studio. It is a place for students to create; a place in which people can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge. Teaching within a makerspace is a perfect opportunity to nurture and encourage student-driven learning, and guide students to develop mindsets necessary in being an active creator and maker. In this workshop, participants will look at a variety of activities and projects to help students develop their maker mindsets, as well as manage the space and materials.

INSTRUCTOR: Dianne Hurvitz joined the education team at RAFT after 8 years of teaching in classrooms PK-8. She earned a bachelor's degree in music, and a master’s degree in education. Dianne’s experience is diverse with a history in public, private, urban, rural, and non-classroom teaching environments. She has been a founding teacher at 2 schools, on opposite coasts, where she developed curriculum, created scopes and sequences, and established various programs including sports, music, drama, and wellness. Dianne is dedicated to supporting teachers through coaching and exploring innovations in education.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators

COST: $25 for members; $35 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 20

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Making Sense of Fraktur: Lettering from the 1500's:

RAFT Workshop

Making Sense of Fraktur: Lettering from the 1500's

Are you looking for therapeutic ways to relax, sharpen your mind, and have fun? Take calligraphy! In this workshop you will learn Fraktur, a bold version of a black letter calligraphy style which includes elegant curves combined with the predominate verticals used in the earlier versions of black letter writing. This is an excellent skill to teach students because it helps them develop diligence, helps them focus, and provides a sense of calm while also increasing creativity.

INSTRUCTOR: Sara Loesch-Frank was chosen as the Distinguished Fine Artist of Cupertino for 1997. She has taught calligraphy and watercolor in the Bay Area since 1977. She was recently awarded a full scholarship to the Academy of Art in San Francisco.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All interested educators

COST: $25 for members; $35 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 20

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 28, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, October 28, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Bamboo Pen Making!:

RAFT Workshop

Bamboo Pen Making!

Writing implements have been used for thousands of years to capture ideas and language and were made from various materials. Pens are a part of our lives every day. Have you ever tried to make your own pen and ink? In this workshop you will learn how to cut pens from bamboo and make historical ink from things that grow locally. You will also learn about quills and then move on to metal nibs (pen tips). You will bring home the ink solution you will make in class.

INSTRUCTOR: Sara Loesch-Frank was chosen as the Distinguished Fine Artist of Cupertino for 1997. She has taught calligraphy and watercolor in the Bay Area since 1977. She was recently awarded a full scholarship to the Academy of Art in San Francisco.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All interested educators

COST: $25 for members; $35 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 20

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 18, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, November 18, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 From Standard to Inquiry Unit:

RAFT Workshop

From Standard to Inquiry Unit

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are written such that each performance expectation concisely describes how students are to demonstrate their learning. These statements contain lots of information regarding the skills and content knowledge students need in order to be successful in meeting each expectation. This workshop will provide teachers with useful strategies for deconstructing (unpacking) the performance expectations and using unpacked elements to create a sequence of lessons as part of a larger inquiry unit. Participants will engage in several hands-on activities, discussions, and collaboratively create a unit outline based on specific CCSS and/or NGSS performance expectations.

INSTRUCTOR: Eric Welker is a science and math teacher with 13+ years of classroom teaching experience in both middle and high school settings. He holds a BA in biology with an emphasis in science education and a master's in education. Eric's areas of interest in education are learning theories, applications of teacher leadership, instructional design, and strategies for developing student-centered pedagogy. He has been at RAFT for nine years working as a curriculum engineer, tinkerer, coach, researcher, workshop presenter, and project manager. Eric has taught over 200 teacher workshops on STEM education, Next Generation Science Standards, design thinking, coaching & mentoring, classroom management, and assessment.

TARGET AUDIENCE: K-8 Teachers

COST: $25 for members; $35 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 19

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, December 7, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Thursday, December 7, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 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) 213-7216. To cancel your enrollment in a class - email or call 408-213-7216.

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Enrollment Policy

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 your instructor at 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)213-7216 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 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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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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