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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 Effective Brainstorming: Teaching Ideation like a Boss!:

RAFT Workshop

Effective Brainstorming: Teaching Ideation like a Boss!

Ideation is the key to developing innovative solutions to problems. There are many ways to come up with ideas, but today's workforce requires people who can brainstorm effectively in collaborative teams. This workshop provides training in different methods of facilitating effective brainstorms, including the use of technology to share and record brainstorm results. Many of the methods can also be used as formative assessment tools for evaluating content knowledge and participation.

INSTRUCTOR: Dianne Hurvitz joined the education team at RAFT after 8 years of teaching in classrooms PK-8. She earned a bachelor's degree in music, and a master’s degree in education. Dianne’s experience is diverse with a history in public, private, urban, rural, and non-classroom teaching environments. She has been a founding teacher at 2 schools, on opposite coasts, where she developed curriculum, created scopes and sequences, and established various programs including sports, music, drama, and wellness. Dianne is dedicated to supporting teachers through coaching and exploring innovations in education.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators

COST: $25 for members; $35 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 20

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, August 24, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Thursday, August 24, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 Makerspace Development: Teaching in the Space:

RAFT Workshop

Makerspace Development: Teaching in the Space

A makerspace is, at its heart, a studio. It is a place for students to create; a place in which people can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge. Teaching within a makerspace is a perfect opportunity to nurture and encourage student-driven learning, and guide students to develop mindsets necessary in being an active creator and maker. In this workshop, participants will look at a variety of activities and projects to help students develop their maker mindsets, as well as manage the space and materials.

INSTRUCTOR: Dianne Hurvitz joined the education team at RAFT after 8 years of teaching in classrooms PK-8. She earned a bachelor's degree in music, and a master’s degree in education. Dianne’s experience is diverse with a history in public, private, urban, rural, and non-classroom teaching environments. She has been a founding teacher at 2 schools, on opposite coasts, where she developed curriculum, created scopes and sequences, and established various programs including sports, music, drama, and wellness. Dianne is dedicated to supporting teachers through coaching and exploring innovations in education.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators

COST: $25 for members; $35 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 20

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Friday, August 25, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Friday, August 25, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 From Standard to Inquiry Unit:

RAFT Workshop

From Standard to Inquiry Unit

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are written such that each performance expectation concisely describes how students are to demonstrate their learning. These statements contain lots of information regarding the skills and content knowledge students need in order to be successful in meeting each expectation. This workshop will provide teachers with useful strategies for deconstructing (unpacking) the performance expectations and using unpacked elements to create a sequence of lessons as part of a larger inquiry unit. Participants will engage in several hands-on activities, discussions, and collaboratively create a unit outline based on specific CCSS and/or NGSS performance expectations.

INSTRUCTOR: Eric Welker is a science and math teacher with 13+ years of classroom teaching experience in both middle and high school settings. He holds a BA in biology with an emphasis in science education and a master's in education. Eric's areas of interest in education are learning theories, applications of teacher leadership, instructional design, and strategies for developing student-centered pedagogy. He has been at RAFT for nine years working as a curriculum engineer, tinkerer, coach, researcher, workshop presenter, and project manager. Eric has taught over 200 teacher workshops on STEM education, Next Generation Science Standards, design thinking, coaching & mentoring, classroom management, and assessment.

TARGET AUDIENCE: K-8 Teachers

COST: $25 for members; $35 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 20

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 Teambuilding I:

RAFT Workshop

Teambuilding I

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 enhance the classroom culture. Many of the concepts will also augment existing teaching techniques. Variations of these games are appropriate for students of all ages.

INSTRUCTOR: Steve Peck Steve Peck has an extensive and diverse background working with kids. He went to a sleep away camp when he was 12 with the Cupertino YMCA and was hooked. Steve worked as a camp counselor for the YMCA from 1980 to 1991 eventually becoming one of the day camp directors. He was a bicycle tour leader for five summer seasons and has worked with foreign exchange students. Since 1992, Steve has worked extensively with camps catering to burn-injured children in California, Washington, Illinois, Georgia, Missouri, Utah and Toronto. His primary role in the burn camp community continues to be creating counselor training programs and facilitating counselor and camper development. Peck has spoken at conferences hosted by the American Camping Association, American Burn Association and the International Association of Burn Camps regarding games and training. Peck has also facilitated teambuilding events for corporate clients including KLA-Tencor, GMR, Proctor & Gamble, and Hitachi Data Systems. Steve has developed and facilitated training programs for employees of Bank of America, Visa and Proctor & Gamble at each Olympic game since the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. He has written four books: 101 Fun, Creative and Interactive Games for Kids. 101 Teambuilding Games 101 Games & Gimmicks for Kid People Another 101 Games and Gimmicks for Kid People He has produced three DVDs: 20 Fun Name Games and Icebreakers for Kids 20 Fun Energizer Games for Kids 20 Active Games for Kids

TARGET AUDIENCE: All interested educators

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 30

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 2, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, September 2, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Laser Cutter 1: Safety and Basic Understanding of the Laser Machine:

RAFT Workshop

Laser Cutter 1: Safety and Basic Understanding of the Laser Machine

Laser cutting machines are used to create many customized items by using laser technology to etch/engrave (raster images), or cut a wide variety of materials. This workshop gives participants the knowledge and practice required to safely operate the machine on their own and provides an understanding of the different pieces of hardware. Participants will learn how to calibrate and configure the machine for different tasks and materials. Upon completion, participating members will be certified to use the laser cutter. Please note: Use of the laser cutter is restricted to RAFT members only.

INSTRUCTORS: Eric Welker is a science and math teacher with 13+ years of classroom teaching experience in both middle and high school settings. He holds a BA in biology with an emphasis in science education and a master's in education. Eric's areas of interest in education are learning theories, applications of teacher leadership, instructional design, and strategies for developing student-centered pedagogy. He has been at RAFT for nine years working as a curriculum engineer, tinkerer, coach, researcher, workshop presenter, and project manager. Eric has taught over 200 teacher workshops on STEM education, Next Generation Science Standards, design thinking, coaching & mentoring, classroom management, and assessment.

Dianne Hurvitz joined the education team at RAFT after 8 years of teaching in classrooms PK-8. She earned a bachelor's degree in music, and a master’s degree in education. Dianne’s experience is diverse with a history in public, private, urban, rural, and non-classroom teaching environments. She has been a founding teacher at 2 schools, on opposite coasts, where she developed curriculum, created scopes and sequences, and established various programs including sports, music, drama, and wellness. Dianne is dedicated to supporting teachers through coaching and exploring innovations in education.

Tony Luong is an educator specializing in Technology and Design Thinking. He has taught English as a Foreign Language in Vietnam, technology to elementary school students in San Carlos School District, and international development to undergraduates as a fellowship director. He graduated S.F.S.U with Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Asian American Studies. His goal is to build upon the knowledge, practice, and confidence of all his students by leveraging the principles of hands-on building, visualization, gamification, and technology-infused approaches.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators

COST: $75 for members; $100 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 8

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, September 7, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Thursday, September 7, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
 Teambuilding II:

RAFT Workshop

Teambuilding II

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. Teambuilding II adds to the collection of games learned in Teambuilding I but either workshop will provide an excellent foundation for developing teaching skills around teambuilding and positive social interactions for students.

INSTRUCTOR: Steve Peck Steve Peck has an extensive and diverse background working with kids. He went to a sleep away camp when he was 12 with the Cupertino YMCA and was hooked. Steve worked as a camp counselor for the YMCA from 1980 to 1991 eventually becoming one of the day camp directors. He was a bicycle tour leader for five summer seasons and has worked with foreign exchange students. Since 1992, Steve has worked extensively with camps catering to burn-injured children in California, Washington, Illinois, Georgia, Missouri, Utah and Toronto. His primary role in the burn camp community continues to be creating counselor training programs and facilitating counselor and camper development. Peck has spoken at conferences hosted by the American Camping Association, American Burn Association and the International Association of Burn Camps regarding games and training. Peck has also facilitated teambuilding events for corporate clients including KLA-Tencor, GMR, Proctor & Gamble, and Hitachi Data Systems. Steve has developed and facilitated training programs for employees of Bank of America, Visa and Proctor & Gamble at each Olympic game since the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. He has written four books: 101 Fun, Creative and Interactive Games for Kids. 101 Teambuilding Games 101 Games & Gimmicks for Kid People Another 101 Games and Gimmicks for Kid People He has produced three DVDs: 20 Fun Name Games and Icebreakers for Kids 20 Fun Energizer Games for Kids 20 Active Games for Kids

TARGET AUDIENCE: All interested educators

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 30

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 9, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, September 9, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 RAFT Idea Sheet Series: Focus on Life Science:

RAFT Workshop

RAFT Idea Sheet Series: Focus on Life Science

Re-purposing materials is the heart of innovation at RAFT. Over the years RAFT has created hundreds idea sheets, which are standards-aligned instructions for teaching hands-on activities that focus on specific subject area topics and embrace the creative use of materials. They are meant to serve students in a range of grades depending on the educational objectives of the user. In this workshop participants will learn how to properly facilitate several RAFT life science activities and how to convert them into lessons aligned with particular grade-specific standards and learning objectives.

INSTRUCTOR: Eric Welker is a science and math teacher with 13+ years of classroom teaching experience in both middle and high school settings. He holds a BA in biology with an emphasis in science education and a master's in education. Eric's areas of interest in education are learning theories, applications of teacher leadership, instructional design, and strategies for developing student-centered pedagogy. He has been at RAFT for nine years working as a curriculum engineer, tinkerer, coach, researcher, workshop presenter, and project manager. Eric has taught over 200 teacher workshops on STEM education, Next Generation Science Standards, design thinking, coaching & mentoring, classroom management, and assessment.

TARGET AUDIENCE: K-8 Teachers

COST: $25 for members; $35 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 20

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 Laser Cutter 1: Safety and Basic Understanding of the Laser Machine:

RAFT Workshop

Laser Cutter 1: Safety and Basic Understanding of the Laser Machine

Laser cutting machines are used to create many customized items by using laser technology to etch/engrave (raster images), or cut a wide variety of materials. This workshop gives participants the knowledge and practice required to safely operate the machine on their own and provides an understanding of the different pieces of hardware. Participants will learn how to calibrate and configure the machine for different tasks and materials. Upon completion, participating members will be certified to use the laser cutter. Please note: Use of the laser cutter is restricted to RAFT members only.

INSTRUCTORS: Eric Welker is a science and math teacher with 13+ years of classroom teaching experience in both middle and high school settings. He holds a BA in biology with an emphasis in science education and a master's in education. Eric's areas of interest in education are learning theories, applications of teacher leadership, instructional design, and strategies for developing student-centered pedagogy. He has been at RAFT for nine years working as a curriculum engineer, tinkerer, coach, researcher, workshop presenter, and project manager. Eric has taught over 200 teacher workshops on STEM education, Next Generation Science Standards, design thinking, coaching & mentoring, classroom management, and assessment.

Dianne Hurvitz joined the education team at RAFT after 8 years of teaching in classrooms PK-8. She earned a bachelor's degree in music, and a master’s degree in education. Dianne’s experience is diverse with a history in public, private, urban, rural, and non-classroom teaching environments. She has been a founding teacher at 2 schools, on opposite coasts, where she developed curriculum, created scopes and sequences, and established various programs including sports, music, drama, and wellness. Dianne is dedicated to supporting teachers through coaching and exploring innovations in education.

Tony Luong is an educator specializing in Technology and Design Thinking. He has taught English as a Foreign Language in Vietnam, technology to elementary school students in San Carlos School District, and international development to undergraduates as a fellowship director. He graduated S.F.S.U with Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Asian American Studies. His goal is to build upon the knowledge, practice, and confidence of all his students by leveraging the principles of hands-on building, visualization, gamification, and technology-infused approaches.

TARGET AUDIENCE: all educators

COST: $75 for members; $100 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 8

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
 One-Stroke Painting:

RAFT Workshop

One-Stroke Painting

Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills for students. It is a great medium for teaching multiple content areas as well. For teachers, art can be a creative and relaxing way to reduce stress and explore other interests. In this workshop participants will have fun practicing good hand-eye coordination as they learn the skills needed to effectively apply the one-stroke painting technique on various materials such as glass, fabric, and cardboard. Participants will learn to load the brush and use particular brush strokes inherent in the technique. This relaxing session is perfect for both veteran and beginning teachers!

INSTRUCTOR: Sharen Delaune-Rensen is a longtime RAFT member who teaches adult and community education classes. She has taught the one-stroke painting technique for over 10 years and has explored a variety of applications with numerous materials, many of which can be found at RAFT.

TARGET AUDIENCE: all educators

COST: $25 for members; $35 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 15

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 7, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, October 7, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 RAFT Idea Sheet Series: Focus on Applied Mathematics in Science:

RAFT Workshop

RAFT Idea Sheet Series: Focus on Applied Mathematics in Science

Re-purposing materials is the heart of innovation at RAFT. Over the years RAFT has created hundreds idea sheets, which are standards-aligned instructions for teaching hands-on activities that focus on specific subject area topics and embrace the creative use of materials. They are meant to serve students in a range of grades depending on the educational objectives of the user. Participants will learn how to conduct several RAFT activities that focus on a variety of science concepts that require mathematics to analyze, explain, model, etc. For example, one activity will model collecting, analyzing, and graphing species data by obtaining samples from a model habitat. The activities will vary in both grade level and complexity, providing teachers with lots of strategies for differentiating each activity to accommodate a range of skills.

INSTRUCTOR: Eric Welker is a science and math teacher with 13+ years of classroom teaching experience in both middle and high school settings. He holds a BA in biology with an emphasis in science education and a master's in education. Eric's areas of interest in education are learning theories, applications of teacher leadership, instructional design, and strategies for developing student-centered pedagogy. He has been at RAFT for nine years working as a curriculum engineer, tinkerer, coach, researcher, workshop presenter, and project manager. Eric has taught over 200 teacher workshops on STEM education, Next Generation Science Standards, design thinking, coaching & mentoring, classroom management, and assessment.

TARGET AUDIENCE: K-8 Teachers

COST: $25 for members; $35 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 20

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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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 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.

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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.

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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