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:

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: $20 for members; $40 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 10

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, July 8, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, July 8, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 RAFT Summer Institute 2017 (July 10 - 14):

RAFT Workshop

RAFT Summer Institute 2017 (July 10 - 14)

Join RAFT's Summer Institute this July. Each day of this 5 day program will include a build project that introduces maker skills (woodworking skills, Lego Mindstorms, and more!) for your learning space. In addition to hands-on skills, participants will explore design thinking activities and how they are applied in a STEAM curriculum. Participants who complete the institute will be eligible for two continuing education units through San Jose State University AND receive a FREE Lego Mindstorm kit! Register today at www.raftbayarea.org/workshops.

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).

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 interested educators

COST: $150 for RAFT members; $180 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 59

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Monday, July 10, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

ADDITIONAL DATES:

  • Tuesday, July 11, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 12, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 13, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Friday, July 14, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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    Monday, July 10, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
     RAFT Summer Institute 2017 (July 17 - 21):

    RAFT Workshop

    RAFT Summer Institute 2017 (July 17 - 21)

    Join RAFT's Summer Institute this July. Each day of this 5 day program will include a build project that introduces maker skills (woodworking skills, Lego Mindstorms, and more!) for your learning space. In addition to hands-on skills, participants will explore design thinking activities and how they are applied in a STEAM curriculum. Participants who complete the institute will be eligible for two continuing education units through San Jose State University AND receive a FREE Lego Mindstorm kit! Register today at www.raftbayarea.org/workshops.

    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).

    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 interested educators

    COST: $150 for members; $180 for non-members

    SEATS AVAILABLE: 40

    LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

    DATE & TIME: Monday, July 17, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    ADDITIONAL DATES:

  • Tuesday, July 18, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 19, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 20, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Friday, July 21, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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    Monday, July 17, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 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
     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

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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 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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