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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 Teaching Content through Design:

RAFT Workshop

Teaching Content through Design

This workshop focuses on the development of lessons that teach students specific concepts in language arts, science, social studies, art, and math using the engineering design process as the medium. Participants will learn and experience different activities that teach students the steps of the design process. They will co-develop a mini-lesson that targets a concept within a content area that allows students to design and produce an original product to demonstrate proficiency. Participants will leave the workshop with lesson ideas for each content area and lots of goodies!

INSTRUCTOR: Eric Welker is a science teacher with 12+ years of classroom teaching experience in both middle and high school settings. He holds a BA in biology with an emphasis in science education. Eric is very knowledgeable and passionate about different 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: All 3rd to 5th grade educators

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 24

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
 Science for the Non-Scientist: The "Wow" Factor!:

RAFT Workshop

Science for the Non-Scientist: The "Wow" Factor!

Have you been asked to teach science for the first time but do not have the background? Are you intrigued by science but also intimidated by it? Then come and learn how to do simple science activities using common materials such as straws, bottles, magnets, lasers, UV light, dry ice, and much more! You will bend laser beams, explore Newton's Laws, tinker with air pressure, and engage in many more cool activities that are sure to give students that "wow" factor. Best of all, you will learn how to explain the science behind them. This workshop is intended for those who are new to science teaching.

INSTRUCTOR: Eric Welker is a science teacher with 12+ years of classroom teaching experience in both middle and high school settings. He holds a BA in biology with an emphasis in science education. Eric is very knowledgeable and passionate about different 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: All interested teachers

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 18

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 30, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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Thursday, March 30, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
 Personal Logos Using Symbols:

RAFT Workshop

Personal Logos Using Symbols

Humans expressed themselves and communicated with symbols long before there were alphabets. Modern logos can leave powerful impressions. Students will be guided toward expressing their own distinct characteristics. After designing a personal logo, we'll carve the image into an easy to use block printing product. Then we can print multiples. A playful handout with famous and not so famous logos will begin with guessing and then a discussion about why the best logos communicate so well. Then hundreds of symbols from many world cultures will be available for inspiration. Extra colored paper stock provided for teachers' classrooms, as well as cultural hand outs and directions for block printing. This workshop is perfect for beginning and veteran teachers alike!

INSTRUCTOR: Patti Henry is a professional artist with an MA in design, and her art is in collections worldwide. After teaching for 13 years at San Jose State University and in the East Side Union High School District, she has offered workshops at RAFT for the past 16+ years. Patti was inspired by the plethora of RAFT materials.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 12

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 8, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Saturday, April 8, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 Bookmaking: A Natural Follow-Up to Using Marbleing Papers:

RAFT Workshop

Bookmaking: A Natural Follow-Up to Using Marbleing Papers

Participants will learn classic techniques that are adapted for the classroom. These triangular books will be personal and unique, with myriad possibilities for writing assignments or special artwork inside. Each person will create one or more books, including building in ribbon ties for the closure. Complete handouts with diagrams will be provided, as well as sufficient colored paper stock and fabric remnants for a complete classroom project for each teacher.

INSTRUCTOR: Patti Henry is a professional artist with an MA in design, and her art is in collections worldwide. After teaching for 13 years at San Jose State University and in the East Side Union High School District, she has offered workshops at RAFT for the past 16+ years. Patti was inspired by the plethora of RAFT materials.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 14

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Marbling Made Easy!:

RAFT Workshop

Marbling Made Easy!

This playful and colorful pursuit is as easy and rewarding as traditional marbling is difficult. Endless combinations of colors are possible, and learning to use light to dark values can enhance success. We will float RAFT paints and inks on shaving foam in trays, comb into wonderful patterns, and print onto colored papers and fabric. Each person will be constructing their own "combing" tools. Teachers will receive enough file folders, other colored paper, and fabric for their entire class. This class is ideal for all teachers and will include strategies for classroom management!

INSTRUCTOR: Patti Henry is a professional artist with an MA in design, and her art is in collections worldwide. After teaching for 13 years at San Jose State University and in the East Side Union High School District, she has offered workshops at RAFT for the past 16+ years. Patti was inspired by the plethora of RAFT materials.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 11

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 13, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, May 13, 2017 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.

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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