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 11,000 educators each year who teach nearly 900,000 students.
- Thanksgiving: closed beginning Thursday, November 26th, reopening Tuesday, December 1st.
- Inventory and Holidays: closed beginning Sunday, December 13th, reopening Tuesday, January 5th, 2016.
Gobble, gobble, gobble! Membership special the month of November!
During the month of November, come to RAFT and say "Gobble, gobble, gobble!" to our staff and receive a 50% discount on the yearly membership! Once you've gobbled, the regularly priced $40 membership will be reduced to $20 just for you!
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts Membership Special From now until January 31st, RAFT is offering Girl Scout and Boy Scout leaders the chance join RAFT at a discount of $20 (regularly $40)!
We have a fabulous assortment of glass and plastic Erlenmeyer Flasks and graduated cylinders! Sizes vary from
100mL to 2000mL. Priced $2 - $10 while supplies last.
Free This Week!
24"x 24" particle board wood with cylinder cut out.
November Open House
Mercury News and RAFT No Longer Running Gift of Reading Program
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Professional Development Reimbursement Program
Are you a Transitional Kindergarten Teacher who is interested in learning how to best meet the needs of your students? Are you wondering how you might cover the costs of quality coursework and professional development? You may be eligible for reimbursement for:
- Registration fees
- Books and materials
For more information and to apply go to: http://www.sccoe.org/depts/students/lpc/Pages/TK-Program.aspx
Seema Khan, RAFT Instructional Technology Educator and a Code.org official trainer is providing no cost, one-day workshops for elementary school teachers interested in teaching computer science.
What’s in a Code.org workshop?
In-person instruction from an experienced computer science facilitator, including an intro to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities.
There is no charge for these workshops. You’ll also receive a printed curriculum guide and a Certificate of Completion.
Sign up now to start teaching life-changing skills! Please click the link provided with each session date to register.
December 5: Code Studio Workshop (at RAFT Redwood City)
For questions and comments, please contact Seema Khan at email@example.com.
RAFT Collaborates With New Teacher Center on Science-Focused Professional Development Program for Bay Area Teachers
RAFT has partnered with New Teacher Center (NTC) to strengthen science education in the Bay Area by creating a professional development program for lead teachers in the Evergreen, Franklin-McKinley, Mt. Pleasant, and Oak Grove School Districts, all part of San Jose’s East Side Alliance. Continue reading here.
Back in the Classroom: Displaced Students in Nigeria Find Education & Hope
Published by: USAid.gov
Author: Michael J. Zamba and David Snyder
Like most 10-year-old students, Dinah solves her math problems in the old-fashioned way-with her fingers. She counts to six and jots down the number.
For Dinah’s extended family, they are counting something entirely different-the months since the girl lost her mother during a raid by Boko Haram insurgents on her village in northern Nigeria. Continue reading here.
Students create symmetrical models that are self-representational. Designing the model facilitates students’ cultural exploration. Completed models can be used as the basis of a story and/or play.
View activity here.
Grades Covered: Pre-K through 2
Subjects Covered: Math, Social Studies, Language Arts, Art
Curriculum Topics: Symmetry & Patterns, Self -awareness, Self- Representation, Cultural Exploration
Saturday, November 21st – 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!
Register for workshops at http://www.raftbayarea.org/workshops.