May 2016

RAFT believes the best way to spark the love of learning for the next generation of thinkers, innovators, problem-solvers and creators is through hands-on learning. As a nonprofit organization founded in 1994, RAFT leverages community donations and volunteer support to serve 10,500 educators each year who teach nearly 850,000 students.


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Mailing envelopes

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News and Events

Share your RAFT story!

If you love our work then tell the world! Stories about us from people like you will help us make an even bigger impact in our community. GreatNonprofits – the #1 source of nonprofit stories and feedback – is honoring highly regarded nonprofits with their 2016 Top-Rated List. Won’t you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a brief story of your experience with us? All content will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes! Go here to get started!


Girl Scouts of Northern California’s STEM Team is Looking for Talented Instructors

Girl Scouts of Northern CA’s STEM team is looking for talented instructors for Camp MakeHers. The job is perfect for folks looking for a temporary job in the summer with quirky hours. If you know of educators, DIYers, hobbyists, artists, etc. who would like to work with girls this summer, please pass along the job information below, or if this is a good fit for you, apply today!

The Girl Scouts STEM team is looking for talented people who love to make. MakeHers instructors will be an integral part of a vibrant camp team that will provide girls the opportunity to be their own makers. You’ll be tinkering and creating with girls on topics including, woodworking, stop-motion animation, soft circuity and/or physical computing. You will help them realize their creativity and imagination dreams, as they uncover and develop their inner maker. MakeHers will provide you with training on how to be the best, dynamic instructor you can be. If you have a DIY mentality and want to lead girls to be strong innovators, then join the MakeHers team, and help make Camp Bothin the best place to be the whole summer long.

Dates: July 24 – July 30 (at Camp Bothin, Fairfax) + Training: June 27 – 29 (in Alameda), July 20th (at Camp Bothin, Fairfax)

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Brenda Gabel, Program Director, Partnerships, at


Stanford Graduate School of Education’s Center to Support Excellence in Teaching – Workshops

Stanford is offering several rich and wonderful professional learning experiences for math educators this summer at the Stanford Teaching Festival. Courses and links to more information are below!

Modeling in Math for Experienced Teachers | June 13 – 17, 2016:

Inverting the Math Workshop | June 13 – 17, 2016:

Building Student Reasoning Capacity | August 1 – 5, 2016:

Number Sense through Counting | August 1 – 5, 2016:


AIM Teachers’ Circle Summer Immersion Workshop

DATE: July 11-15

Location: American Institute of Mathematics, San Jose

The AIM Teachers’ Circle summer immersion workshop is a fully funded program open to all Bay Area math teachers who are interested in spending a week immersed in mathematics, getting hands-on experience with problem solving practices, and making connections with local teachers and mathematicians. Information and applications are available here:


Portfolios Hold New Promise for Schools

Author: Deborah Yaffe, Published by:

The 3,000 students in rural Maine’s Regional School Unit 19 begin compiling electronic portfolios of their schoolwork in Pre-K, when the district issues every child a Google account. Continue reading here.
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FAB SCHOOL LABS Grant for Teachers 

Northrop Grumman Foundation is on a mission to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). For the second year in a row, FAB SCHOOL LABS is making five grants of up to $100,000 each available to public middle schools for their very own fabulous school lab makeover. Click here to learn more.

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Hands-On Activities


File Folder Games

Folder games are quick to create, inexpensive, and easy to store. They provide an engaging, developmentally appropriate way to practice skills. Games can be customized to teach any subject and feature seasonal themes.

Grades Covered: Pre-K through 8
Subjects Covered: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth/Space Science, Math, Social Studies, Language Arts

Curriculum topics: Information Classification, Memorization, Facts, Game

Download Idea Sheet here.

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Professional Development

RAFT Summer Workshops: EduCamp

This summer, we’re launching, RAFT EduCamp – professional development training different than you usually receive, a summer camp-like experience that is fun, engaging, and most of all useful. The camp sessions, held throughout July, will focus on the following 5 themes: Design Thinking, Design Challenges, Project-Based Learning (PBL), the Innovative Classroom, or the Outdoor Classroom. Some of the sessions are further focused by student grade range.

Each session provides “campers” the opportunity to do interesting activities that can be easily used to teach design, teamwork, critical thinking, and innovation using a variety of materials found at RAFT. Our curriculum is aligned with standards but the emphasis at RAFT EduCamp is on creativity and fun for participants!  Both members and non members are welcome. Get all the details here:

Tuesday, July 5th: Engagement through Design Thinking 

Thursday, July 7th (Redwood City): Design Challenge Lessons with Raw Materials

Tuesday, July 12th: The Nuts & Bolts of PBL

Thursday, July 14th (Redwood City): Designing the PBL Experience

Monday, July 18th: The Innovative Classroom (Pre-K – 2)

Thursday, July 21stThe Innovative Classroom (Grades 3 – 5)

Friday, July 22nd: The Innovative Classroom (Middle School)

Monday, July 25th: The Outdoor Classroom (Pre-K – 2)

Wednesday, July 27th: The Outdoor Classroom (Grades 3 – 5)

Friday, July 29th: The Outdoor Classroom (Middle School) 






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