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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  Engaging Children using Eric Carle's Books:

RAFT Workshop

Engaging Children using Eric Carle's Books

Learn how to integrate art to help your students understand content better, by using Eric Carle's books. You will create your own collage using his technique.

INSTRUCTOR: Gabriele Martz is a teacher at Olinder Elementary. She is also a very active RAFT volunteer, and one of RAFT's 2008 Innovation Fellows.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Pre K - 1st grade educators.

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 1

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 28, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, March 28, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Silkworms and Butterflies:

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Silkworms and Butterflies

Investigate the life cycle of a silkworm and butterfly, and learn more about them than you ever thought possible! Cross-curricular lessons and projects presented in the workshop will include: 3-D life cycles, pop-up books, comparing moths and butterflies (such as the Anise swallowtail) and using Venn diagrams, scientific drawing, notebooks, and more. Extensions for biological and genetic experimentation will also be presented. A comprehensive bibliography will be provided for a successful insect unit in your own classroom.

INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen J White is a RAFT volunteer and a kindergarten teacher at West Valley Elementary School in the Cupertino School District. As the lead science teacher for her school for the last 11 years, she has planned and facilitated 10 successful Family Science Night Events. The March 2012 Event served over 700 students and parent(s) over two nights.

TARGET AUDIENCE: K - 12th grade educators.

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 13

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Setting the Tone for Effective Social Emotional Learning:

RAFT Workshop

Setting the Tone for Effective Social Emotional Learning

Often time's teachers are face with students from all walks of life. This workshop will use different hands-on activities that can be used to promote effective social and emotional learning environment in the classroom. We will explore the major social emotional skills (confidence, develop relationships, concentration and persistence, effectively communicate emotions, be attentive, solve a social problems, and self-regulation) using literacy, math, science, and art activities. Also teachers will have the opportunity to learn ways to have a meaningful relationship that will promote a positive environment to create a successful learning experience.

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: Pre-K - 2nd grade educators

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 8

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 11, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 STREAM: Integrating Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math:

RAFT Workshop

STREAM: Integrating Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math

Going beyond STEM, we will integrate curriculum to engage students with thoughtfully designed lessons and projects. RAFT kits and idea sheets, STREAM Templates, resources, guidance, and samples will be provided. You will have time to work with each other to plan for next year! Addresses Common Core Science and Math writing standards as well as Next Generation Science Standards.

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: K - 4th grade educators.

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 12

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 NASA’S BEST – Satellites and Space Flight:

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NASA’S BEST – Satellites and Space Flight

Have you ever wondered how to engage students in scientific and engineering practices using simple, everyday materials that might otherwise go to waste? NASA's Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology, or BEST, activities bring the principles of engineering alive to younger audiences. NASA's BEST activities help teach students the engineering design process while supporting Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. The activities can be used to supplement curricula during the school day or as activities for after school clubs and youth programs.

Come be a student, and explore the versatility and possibilities of NASA's BEST through inquiry learning experiences. Leave with ideas and inspiration to integrate hands on learning into any content area to keep your students engaged.

INSTRUCTOR: Mera Burton is a STEM Engagement Specialist for the AERO Institute NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Office of Education. She delivers professional development programs to K-8 in-service and pre-service teachers as well as to educators in informal settings. She provides her expertise in NASA STEM content and other NASA educational resources to schools and youth programs throughout Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. She is 2014-2015 RAFT Fellow recipient.

TARGET AUDIENCE: 3rd – 8th Grade Formal and Informal Educators

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 16

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Modeling Connections between NGSS and Common Core Math Practices:

RAFT Workshop

Modeling Connections between NGSS and Common Core Math Practices

The needs of the 21st century require solutions from innovative people who possess practical scientific and mathematical knowledge and the necessary skills to apply it. Mathematicians, scientists, and engineers are connected through the activities they do within their disciplines. This workshop focuses on the connections between the math, science, and engineering practices embedded within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). The instructors will demonstrate how to identify specific practices using RAFT activities and then model how to build practical connections between the practices in science, math, and engineering. Participants will learn to identify the practices and provide examples of their application through hands-on activities, group discussion, and other useful tools.

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).

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: The ideas and activities will be presented to be most appropriate for grades 3-8.

COST: FREE for members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 8

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 One Stroke Painting: Spring Flowers (repeat of San Jose session on 3/7/15): (Wait List Only: Currently 1 on list)

RAFT Workshop

One Stroke Painting: Spring Flowers (repeat of San Jose session on 3/7/15)

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: Interested educators of all grade levels.

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 0 (Wait List Only: Currently 1 on list)

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 2, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, May 2, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 STEM Institute: Science:

RAFT Workshop

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: 27

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: 26

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: 25

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: 28

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
 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: 29

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: 29

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: 29

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: 29

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

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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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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.

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