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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 Letters: A Brief History and Introduction to Letterforms:

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Letters: A Brief History and Introduction to Letterforms

This class will incorporate making ink and tools along with becoming familiar with the materials of writing.

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: Interested educators of all grade levels

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 17

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 13, 2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, February 13, 2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Have Fun with FUNctions!:

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Have Fun with FUNctions!

Engage your students in exciting fun discoveries that reveal the relevance for learning about FUNctions! Led by RAFT's Math Master Educator, Jeanne Lazzarini, this hands-on class includes useful strategies for applying Common Core Mathematical Practice Standards to a wide variety of function ideas. Come ready to dive into cool exciting incentives for studying functions!

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; $35 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 18

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 20, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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Saturday, February 20, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 Next Generation Science Standards for Beginners: Understanding and Unpacking the Performance Expectations:

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Next Generation Science Standards for Beginners: Understanding and Unpacking the Performance Expectations

The Next Generation Science Standards represent an approach to teaching science in a real-world, practice-based way in hopes of inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. This approach is not without its challenges. In this workshop participants will learn methods of understanding the performance expectations, or PEs, and the underlying skills that students must learn in order to achieve the PEs. The RAFT instructor will model how to unpack the PEs to identify those skills as well as provide ideas and activities supporting student mastery of the skills. The participant will leave the workshop with deeper knowledge of the science and engineering practices that serve as the vehicle to drive students into the roles of scientist and engineer!

INSTRUCTOR: Eric Welker is a science and math teacher with over 13 years of classroom experience, including several years of 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, curriculum developer, and project manager. Eric also manages RAFT’s Fellowship Program. He enjoys helping teachers include RAFT activities in their curriculum planning and answering questions regarding hands-on teaching, learning, and classroom management.

TARGET AUDIENCE: 3rd - 8th grade educators

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 23

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 20, 2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, February 20, 2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Expressing Creativity using STEM:

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Expressing Creativity using STEM

In this make -n- take workshop we will use different types of art techniques to challenge young learners to step out of the box and explore science, technology, engineering, and math and inspire creativity. We will create lessons around different hands-on activities for young learners that provide them with quality STEM learning 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: Educators pre-K to 2nd grade

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 24

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 27, 2016 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 Celtic Letterforms and Knotted Borders:

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Celtic Letterforms and Knotted Borders

This class will introduce the early rounded letterforms of the British Isles and then proceed to knotwork and animals which can be used as decorative elements.

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: Interested educators of all grade levels

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 18

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 5, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Saturday, March 5, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 Teaching Storytelling:

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Teaching Storytelling

In this workshop you will learn how to choose a story to tell, organize the story sequentially, logically, and succinctly, design the logical sequence of an oral story, grab the interest of your audience from the start, and bring your audience safely home at the end. There will be many fun opportunities to practice these skills.

INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Pines  is a professional story teller and has performed at storytelling concerts and festivals on the East and West coasts. She has written a storytelling class for high school and produced two storytelling CDs in addition to publishing a story in "A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul." She has found that incorporating stories into the curriculum at any level to introduce and augment lessons acts as a surprising potent magnet to students' desire to learn. Laurie worked in the computer industry for 24 years and then quit to follow her life-long dream of teaching. She taught high school mathematics for 13 years, during which time she was awarded an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educators Fellowship and worked for 1 year in Washington, DC in the House and the Senate on education legislation.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Interested educators teaching 4th grade and up

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 20

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 5, 2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, March 5, 2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Discrepant Events in Science:

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Discrepant Events in Science

A sheet of paper is stronger than a yard stick. Water flows upward! A "discrepant event" goes counter to what you think should happen and challenges students to provide their own explanations. This inquiry-based approach helps students understand and apply science concepts in a much deeper way. As Tik Liem (who gathered more than 400 events) wrote, "A student without interest is the desperation of any teacher." In this workshop, we will create and practice a variety of grade-flexible (and easy-to-do) discrepant events that you can bring straight into your classroom. Great for teaching science, writing, argumentation, and group processes.

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: Interested educators of all grade levels

COST: $20 members; $35 non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 16

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 19, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, March 19, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 One Stroke Painting - Spring Fever:

RAFT Workshop

One Stroke Painting - Spring Fever

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: $20.00 for members; $35.00 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 11

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 19, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, March 19, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Creative Common Core Connections with Mathematical Cultural Figures!:

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Creative Common Core Connections with Mathematical Cultural Figures!

Proportions, symmetry, area, volume, transformations on the plane, scale models, & more brought to life! Fun make & take Mathematical cultural figures (Hopi Kachina, African Akuaba, Japanese Kokeshi, & Russian Matryoshka) connect math with cultural history & art while supporting the Math Practices of the Common Core: Modeling with Mathematics; Looking for & Making use of Structure; Reasoning Abstractly, Attending to Precision; & Looking for & Expressing Regularity in Repeated Reasoning! Come join RAFT's Math Master Educator, Jeanne Lazzarini, and explore relevant creativity!

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: 5th - 8th grade educators

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 15

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 2, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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Saturday, April 2, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 Science for the Non-Scientist:

RAFT Workshop

Science for the Non-Scientist

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? Perhaps you need a brief science refresher course. 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 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 and math teacher with over 13 years of classroom experience, including several years of 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, curriculum developer, and project manager. Eric also manages RAFT’s Fellowship Program. He enjoys helping teachers include RAFT activities in their curriculum planning and answering questions regarding hands-on teaching, learning, and classroom management.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Interested educators of grades K through 5th

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 30

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 What's up with the Superheros?:

RAFT Workshop

What's up with the Superheros?

In this workshop teachers will learn how to use the superhero movement to engage in STEAM ideas and positive social emotional thinking. Teachers will gain techniques on how to create a project-based learning lesson using design challenge steps, 21st Century thinking and hands-on activities. Empower students to become creative "lil' heroes."

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: Interested educators of pre-K to 2nd grade

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 15

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Imaginary Islands with Discarded Maps:

RAFT Workshop

Imaginary Islands with Discarded Maps

Learn how to read a map, and the symbols that make up a map's informational legend. Develop your own map legend, as you transform yours into your own personal dream island.

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: Interested educators teaching 4th grade and up

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 16

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 16, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, April 16, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Early Childhood Literacy: Hands-On Activities for Spring:

RAFT Workshop

Early Childhood Literacy: Hands-On Activities for Spring

Make learning fun for your little ones. In this workshop you will learn about hands-on literacy activities for the Spring, including phonemic awareness, songs, and predictable stories.

INSTRUCTOR: Gabriele Martz is a teacher at Olinder Elementary. She is also a very active RAFT volunteer, and a 2008 RAFT Innovation Fellow. She has taught students 2-years old through 3rd grade and middle school students in after-school GATE classes.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Pre-K to Kindergarten educators

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 14

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 16, 2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, April 16, 2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Connecting Financial Literacy with Mathematics!:

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Connecting Financial Literacy with Mathematics!

Join RAFT's Mathematics Master Educator, Jeanne Lazzarini, in exploring a variety of engaging hands-on activities that enhance understanding of financial topics and mathematics while connecting to the Common Core Math Practices! Jeanne will share three new RAFT activities: "Checkbook Window Shopping" allows students choose products from a store window to buy, write checks to pay for them, and keep accurate accounts of checkbook balances. "Interesting Interest" gives students a unique hands-on technique for investigating differences over time in the amount of interests earned in a savings account. "Foreign Currency Exchange" gives students a model to experience visiting a foreign country, keeping track of money, and using math to compute currency exchanges at a bank and purchases at a store. Come prepared to have fun and to discover meaningful, relevant motives for learning financial literacy and the mathematics involved!

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: Educators teaching 5th - 8th grade

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 20

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 30, 2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, April 30, 2016 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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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.

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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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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