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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 One Stroke Painting for Autumn:

RAFT Workshop

One Stroke Painting for Autumn

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:

SEATS AVAILABLE: 12

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 19, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, September 19, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Early Education Math:

RAFT Workshop

Early Education Math

Start the new school year with activities and ideas that address Pre-K through 1st grade math concepts. Games and materials to extend lessons beyond the workbook page and support the transition kindergarten student will be presented. All are appropriate for use in the classroom or as a take-home activity. A resource list, activity models, literature links, and websites will be shared.
(This is a condensed version of last year's "Early Learning Math Institute".)

INSTRUCTORS: 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.

Susan Sakaguchi Susan Sakaguchi is a former special education teacher with 30+ years of experience working with K-5th grade students with a wide variety of learning disabilities. Susan holds a master’s degree in special education from Santa Clara University and is currently assisting new special educators who are fulfilling the requirements for clearing their credentials through the BTSA program. In addition to mentoring with the Silicon Valley New Teacher Project, she has co-presented workshops at the RAFT in Redwood City and San Jose.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Pre K - 1st grade educators.

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 18

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 26, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, September 26, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Learning About Egypt Through Art:

RAFT Workshop

Learning About Egypt Through Art

We will make a mummy, a sarcophagus, an amulet, and a pyramid book to enhance the knowledge of Egypt. In addition to handouts, we will look at the many ways that the art of Egypt has spread knowledge about the country itself.

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: 4th - 7th grade educators.

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 18

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 26, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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Saturday, September 26, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 Photo Collage:

RAFT Workshop

Photo Collage

Create humorous art projects by adding a twist to ordinary photos. Anyone can be successful from kindergarten to college. The humor can be very subtle or blatant. Much of the art is dependent on what images are found in magazine searches. We will be using mainly photos from my collection to save time. Over twenty-five collage techniques will be explored. You will not be able to look through magazines without seeing many new art possibilities. Students with or without drawing skills can be very successful. It is easy, fun and cheap to do. Teachers will have many finished examples and fun ideas to take back to the classroom. Bring your funny!

INSTRUCTOR: Earl Heinrichs graduated from California College of the Arts in Oakland. He taught art in Junior High for 17 years and has taught Art AP, Drawing, Painting and Design at Leland High School for 20 years. RAFT materials have been a part of his students artwork for over 10 years. He has taught several RAFT workshops.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Interested educators of all grade levels.

COST:

SEATS AVAILABLE: 16

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 3, 2015 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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Saturday, October 3, 2015 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
 5E Lesson Planning for All Subjects:

RAFT Workshop

5E Lesson Planning for All Subjects

The 5E format is regaining its force and easily supports Common Core and even the new science standards (NGSS). Engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate are the core actions that bring all students into and through your lessons and units. Plus, using 5E can save you lots of planning time.
We'll model some 5E lessons, and then you'll have time to create your own useful and easy lesson plans from RAFT kits and idea sheets. You may want to bring your own computer, but it's not necessary.

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: Interested educators from kindergaten through 8th grade.

COST: $15 for members; $30 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 18

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 10, 2015 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Saturday, October 10, 2015 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 Fall Literacy-oriented Activities:

RAFT Workshop

Fall Literacy-oriented Activities

You'll discover and create fun, hands-on literacy-oriented activities for the Fall,
including phonemic awareness, songs, and predictable stories.

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 18

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 17, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, October 17, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Young Engineer’s Challenge:

RAFT Workshop

Young Engineer’s Challenge

Come us in exploring easy engineering projects for young learners. We will use raw materials and other activities that will bring the principles of engineering alive. These activities can be used to supplement curricula that supports Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP), Common Core, and Next Generation standards.

INSTRUCTORS: 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.

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: Pre K - 2nd grade educators.

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 18

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 24, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, October 24, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 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 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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 18

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 7, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, November 7, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Drawing and Painting Faces Flawlessly:

RAFT Workshop

Drawing and Painting Faces Flawlessly

With easily learned measuring, you will surprise yourself with the finished, fully shaded drawing. Then choose just three values to interpret a special or famous face (many choices provided).

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: 5th - 8th grade educators.

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

SEATS AVAILABLE: 17

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 21, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, November 21, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Practical Origami and Tinkering with Science Toys:

RAFT Workshop

Practical Origami and Tinkering with Science Toys

You can use so many inexpensive materials to create practical and fun building activities for your students. Not only will your students learn how to re-use materials creatively, they'll also practice following directions, paying attention to detail, and persevering!

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: Interested educators of all grade levels.

COST: $15 for members; $30 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 17

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 21, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saturday, November 21, 2015 10:00 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.

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 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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