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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 Building a Classroom Community:

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Building a Classroom Community

Many times, we claim the classroom as "mine" instead of recognizing it as "ours." This can cause a classroom to feel like a one sided class instead of a community classroom. Educators will create a successfully sense of community managed plan to implement in the class. Educators will explore hands on activities to help make the classroom a community.

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.S., credential in Early Education and is in her Doctoral program.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Interested educators of grade levels Pre-K to 3

COST: $25 for members; $45 for non members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 30

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 17, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Saturday, September 17, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 Round Robin: Assessment Technique:

RAFT Workshop

Round Robin: Assessment Technique

Assessment, Assessment, Assessment --- Oh My! This is a Round Robin conversation about varieties and the impacts of assessments. We will engage in discussion about different assessment techniques to use in a classroom with PBL, Design Thinking, Design Challenges, etc. We will also explore different activities to get familiar with some assessment 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).

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.S., credential in Early Education and is in her Doctoral program.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Interested educators of grade levels Pre-K to 8

COST: free for member; $15 for non members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 15

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 8, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, October 8, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Clever Cultural Math Explorations! :

RAFT Workshop

Clever Cultural Math Explorations!

Inspired by Native American Indian, Russian, Japanese, and African artifacts? Connect standards in Art, Social Studies, and Mathematics with Design Challenges that investigate symmetry, area, volume, tessellations, scale factors, proportions, and more in cultural artifacts. Explore geometric and algebraic concepts with Design Thinking techniques! Includes handouts and make & take samples! Suitable for grades 5 - 8.

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: Interested educators of grade levels 5 to 8

COST: $25 for members; $45 for non members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 30

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 22, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Saturday, October 22, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 Fantastic Fraction Tiles + Awesome Algebra Tiles! :

RAFT Workshop

Fantastic Fraction Tiles + Awesome Algebra Tiles!

Turn on the "Ah-Hah!" in your students! --- make clear mathematical sense with these clever tiles to enhance understanding of fractions, variables, algebraic equations, polynomials, and much more! Investigate visual approaches to fractional addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with Fraction Tiles! Explore Algebra tiles that model concepts of positive and negative numbers, to illustrate solving equations with variables, to representing polynomials and factoring, to solving quadratic equations, and more! This workshop includes a box of fraction tiles, a binder of information, and an algebra tile set to keep! Suitable for grades 6 - 9.

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: Interested educators of grade levels 6 to 9

COST: $25 for members; $45 for non members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 30

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 12, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Saturday, November 12, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 Mighty Mathematics :

RAFT Workshop

Mighty Mathematics

Empower young students to use what they know about math to unlock the mysteries of Design Challenges! Educators will learn how to use the Design Thinking process to help younger students explore different math concepts such as measurement, counting, number operations, 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.S., credential in Early Education and is in her Doctoral program.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Interested educators of grade levels Pre-K to 3

COST: $25 for members; $45 for non members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 20

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 19, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Saturday, November 19, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 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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