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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 Worm Composting:

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Worm Composting

This workshop is for teachers and school staff interested in establishing a classroom worm bin. Worm composting, or vermicomposting, is using worms and microorganisms to convert organic waste into a rich nutrient source for plants, ready to use in the garden! Workshop participants will receive curriculum and some red worms to start a bin. Information on educational tools and troubleshooting will be presented. Bring a 10-15 gallon rectangular storage container to start making your own worm bin during workshop.

INSTRUCTOR: Gerald Schwartz is the Resource Conservation Specialist for the RecycleWorks Schools Program in San Mateo County.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All interested educators.

COST: FREE

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM
 Next Generation Science Standards for Elementary and Middle School Teachers:

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Next Generation Science Standards for Elementary and Middle School Teachers

Even though we're just starting out on implementing the Common Core, the Next Generation Science Standards are coming in 2016-ish. We are now in the AWARENESS Phase, but soon we'll be in the IMPLEMENTATION Phase. Don't get caught with your curriculum down. Learn what you can do now to teach your students to be the Next Generation of scientists.

INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Brooking is a teacher at Wilson Elementary. She is a long time RAFT member and an Innovation Fellow.

TARGET AUDIENCE: K-8th grade educators.

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

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 20, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, September 20, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Pop-Up Books:

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Pop-Up Books

One way to add a 3D element to your books is to add pop-ups inside. Pop ups make the content more interesting, and make your books more creative. In this class, you make a lot of pop-ups to take home plus investigate some different ways to use them. We cover some very basic ways to make pop-ups plus look at how to combine them with accordions books and pamphlets. Students will also receive a list of reference books.

INSTRUCTOR: CJ Grossman has an MFA from California College of the Arts and a BS in social Welfare from San Francisco State. CJ works with mixed media, specializing in book arts, and exhibits her work nationally. CJ has taught thousands of children and adults how to make books and has a passion for teaching educators how to make books with kids. She lives in Berkeley and is former editor of "Kids Making Books."

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

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 One Stroke Painting:

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One Stroke Painting

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 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: Educators of all grade levels.

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

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 4, 2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, October 4, 2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Making Pointed Penmanship Personal - 2-Day Workshop:

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Making Pointed Penmanship Personal - 2-Day Workshop

This is 2-day introductory class which will include flourishes and pen techniques after covering the alphabet and capitals in a casual pointed pen style. Just in time for the holidays to letter your cards!

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

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 4, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • Saturday, October 18, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Saturday, October 4, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
     The Sweet Side of Chemistry--Candy (Mission College, Chemistry Building, in Santa Clara):

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    The Sweet Side of Chemistry--Candy (Mission College, Chemistry Building, in Santa Clara)

    Join the Santa Clara Valley Section of the American Chemical Society to celebrate National Chemistry Week 2014 with the chemistry of candy and confections. We all love a sweet treat, but rarely do we discuss the chemistry involved. Whether it's hard candy, chocolate, or taffy, the sugars and ingredients within undergo a transformation in its properties that result in the delicious treats we enjoy.

    Hands-on activities, a curriculum binder, and supplies for the classroom will be provided in this fast-moving, entertaining, workshop. NO chemistry background required! A continental breakfast and lunch with featured guest speaker, "Dr. Chocolate", will be included. (Chocolate-tasting, too!)

    Registration is limited. Please register early and no later than October 1.

    INSTRUCTOR: Juanita Ryan is employed as an Educator Associate at RAFT Redwood City. She retired from the Berryessa Union School District after 36 years of teaching 1st - 5th grades at Toyon School in San Jose, CA.

    TARGET AUDIENCE: 4th through 6th grades, but all educators are welcome.

    COST: Thanks to funding provided by the Santa Clara Valley Section of ACS, there is no charge to attend.

    LOCATION: unknown

    DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 11, 2014 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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    Saturday, October 11, 2014 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
     Cereal Box Books:

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    Cereal Box Books

    We will make a book out of a small cereal box, and kids absolutely love this. We will also make at least 4 other unusual book structures that are loved by children and teachers everywhere including one for Halloween.

    These structures can be used for a variety of subjects. We will also include a quick and easy 10-minute drawing lesson that you can teach students so they will feel more confident in story-writing.

    INSTRUCTOR: CJ Grossman has an MFA from California College of the Arts and a BS in social Welfare from San Francisco State. CJ works with mixed media, specializing in book arts, and exhibits her work nationally. CJ has taught thousands of children and adults how to make books and has a passion for teaching educators how to make books with kids. She lives in Berkeley and is former editor of "Kids Making Books."

    TARGET AUDIENCE: 3rd-12th grade educators.

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

    LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

    DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 25, 2014 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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    Saturday, October 25, 2014 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
     STREAM - Integrating Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math with RAFT kits and idea sheets:

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    STREAM - Integrating Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math with RAFT kits and idea sheets

    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. Addresses Common Core Science and Math writing standards as well as Next Generation Science Standards.

    INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Brooking is a teacher at Wilson Elementary. She is a long time RAFT member and an Innovation Fellow.

    TARGET AUDIENCE: 2nd-8th grade educators.

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

    LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

    DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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    Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
     Teaching about Sustainability -- The Tragedy of the Commons*:

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    Teaching about Sustainability -- The Tragedy of the Commons*

    How can we learn to share and sustain our limited resources (our "Commons") which can include the atmosphere, oceans, rivers, farmland, fish, parks, drinking water, our playground, our toys, etc.? In this workshop we will model important concepts of sustainability through games and hands-on science activities. You can use these activities to not only teach life, physical, and earth sciences, but also school citizenship.
    * An economics theory by Garrett Hardin, according to which individuals, acting independently and rationally according to each one's self-interest, behave contrary to the whole group's long-term best interests by depleting some common resource.(Wikipedia)

    INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Brooking is a teacher at Wilson Elementary. She is a long time RAFT member and an Innovation Fellow.

    TARGET AUDIENCE: 2nd-8th grade educators.

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

    LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

    DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 1, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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    Saturday, November 1, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
     Teambuilding for Kids:

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    Teambuilding for Kids

    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: Interested educators of all grade levels.

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

    LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

    DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 15, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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    Saturday, November 15, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
     More Teambuilding for Kids:

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    More Teambuilding for Kids

    Expand your variety of teambuilding concepts with 20 games and ideas designed to connect students across diverse backgrounds, promote communication skills and enrich the classroom culture. More teambuilding for kids will simply add to your collection of games learned in Teambuilding for Kids. If you missed out on the Teambuilding for Kids workshop, start your collection with More Teambuilding for Kids and revert back to Teambuilding for Kids when you have time!

    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: Interested educators of all grade levels.

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

    LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

    DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 22, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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    Saturday, November 22, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 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 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; $35 for non-members

    LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

    DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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    Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
     One Stroke Painting for the Holidays:

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    One Stroke Painting for the Holidays

    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 holiday pieces 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

    LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

    DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 6, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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    Saturday, December 6, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 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.

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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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    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) 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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