RAFT Workshops

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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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 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.

San Jose State University (SJSU)

Participants can purchase one CEU from SJSU for every 10 hours of RAFT workshop instruction completed within a semester. This includes hands-on and non-Foothill computer classes. 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. Partial units are not available; Foothill class hours and hours from previous terms are not applicable.

For more information, please contact RAFT at (408) 451-1421 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 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 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) 451-1421.

To cancel your enrollment in a class - email or call 408-451-1421.

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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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Workshop Name and Details Date & Time Location Subjects
6th-8th Grade Math Institute (2-day institute): What do good problem solvers do? Join us for 2 days of enriching 6th - 8th grade hands-on mathematics ideas that emphasize developing good student problem solving skills addressed in each of the 8 Common Core Mathematics Practices (1. Solve Problems; 2. Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively; 3. Create Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others; 4. Model with Mathematics; 5. Use Appropriate Tools Strategically; 6. Attend to Precision; 7. Look For and Make Use of Structure; and 8. Look For and Express Regularity in Repeated Reasoning). Learn how to integrate real world models for creative hands-on exploration, group work, and organizational learning techniques that make mathematics relevant and come alive! RAFT assumes that participants have prior knowledge of 6th - 8th grade mathematical content before taking this course.
Lunch will be provided.
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; $150 for non-members
ADDITIONAL DATES:
  • Thursday, August 7, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014 9:30 AM - 3:30 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom A) 
    Innovation Institute: Innovation in Action: At our Redwood City location this institute is a condensed version of topics, activities, discussions, and strategies covered in San Jose. Encouraging kids to innovate sounds good, but how do we make it happen? We will briefly review the impact of distractions and the importance of creative persistence. Before jumping into action, participants will share their candid concerns about innovation. How can I prepare my students? How do I stay in control? Will this take time away from other goals I need to achieve? Where does innovation fit in the new standards? These and other questions will be answered. Practical tools for collaboration, brainstorming, prototyping, and project-based learning will be modeled. We will tie all techniques to the Common Core and NGSS. The over-arching theme of this session will be INTEGRATION - blending a little innovation every classroom experience to open the door for cross-disciplinary learning.
    Lunch will be provided.
    INSTRUCTOR: Greg Brown is the current Director of Education at Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT), in San Jose, CA.
    TARGET AUDIENCE: educators of all grade levels
    COST: $20 for members; $150 for non-members
    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM RAFT Redwood City     
    Science Institute: At our Redwood City location the Science Institute is a condensed version of topics, activities, discussions, and strategies covered in San Jose for grades TK-8. This session focuses on topics and practices in science & engineering appropriate for third to fifth grade. Participants will learn how to teach several hands-on activities that cover core curriculum topics in physical, earth, and life science as well as how to effectively connect language arts and math tasks with science lessons. Examples of curriculum topics include forces and interactions, animals, plants, environment, magnetism, ecosystems, life cycles and traits, weather & climate, energy, waves, earth processes, cycles of matter, stars & the solar system, structure and properties of matter, and more! RAFT instructors will model strategies for teaching content as well as methods of classroom management during hands-on instruction. The session will include a discussion and provide examples of application of Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge model and provide ideas regarding assessment.
    Lunch will be provided.
    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: TK - 8th grade educators
    COST: $20 for members; $150 for non-members
    Thursday, August 7, 2014 9:30 PM - 3:30 PM RAFT Redwood City  
    World Culture with Tassels: Tassels are useful for many projects, for young and old alike. The student can make either simple or sophisticated tassels, pushing their own creativity. This class will include a basic discussion about working with color. Maps with specific cultural references noted. Third grade and up. Key chains and tassels will be finished with different color harmonies of your choice. So creative, fun, and satisfying.
    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: 3rd grade educators and up
    COST: $20 for members; $35 for non-members
    Saturday, August 9, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom A)  
    Teambuilding for Kids : (Wait List Only: Currently 7 on list)Games can promote learning in the classroom, as well as cooperative learning on the playground. This collection of games and mixers is designed to connect students across diverse backgrounds, promote communication and enrich the classroom culture. Many of the concepts will also augment existing teaching techniques. Variations of these games are appropriate for students of all ages. The instructor will have his books and DVDs available for sale during the workshop.
    INSTRUCTOR: Steve Peck Steven Peck started working with kids in 1976 at the Cupertino YMCA as a camp counselor. He was a bicycle tour leader for five summer seasons taking teenagers on trips lasting 3 to 4 weeks. He also has worked with foreign exchange students escorting them on week-long tours in the United States. Since 1992, Steve has worked extensively with camps catering to burn-injured children in California, Washington, Illinois, Georgia, Missouri, Utah and Toronto. His primary roles in the burn camp community are designing & facilitating counselor training programs, working with the Counselor in Training programs and facilitating age appropriate games with the campers. Peck has spoken about games and training at conferences hosted by the American Camping Association, American Burn Association and the International Association of Burn Camps. Peck has facilitated several teambuilding events for corporate clients including Autodesk, KLA-Tencor, Hitachi Data Systems, Proofpoint, and the NFL. Steve also has been developing training programs for Olympic sponsors since the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. His list of Olympic clients include Visa, AT&T, Bank of America and most recently Proctor & Gamble. He recently completed his fourth book entitled Another 101 Games and Gimmicks for Kid People. He has also produced three game DVDs as well. Check him out on his website: www.GAMESARENOWHERE.com
    TARGET AUDIENCE: educators of all grade levels
    COST: $20 for members; $40 for non-members
    Saturday, August 16, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PMRAFT San Jose (Classroom A) 

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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) 451-1421.

    To cancel your enrollment in a class - email or call 408-451-1421.