September 2014

RAFT helps educators transform the learning experience through hands-on education. As a non-profit, we rely on member dues as well as donor support to help under-write RAFT services and keep costs down. Thanks to our 10,000+ RAFT members who bring engaging and affordable education experiences to 825,000+ kids a year!


  • books
  • file cabinets
Select books on sale for 50% off marked price. (Sale does not include Klutz or specialty books.)
Two drawer filing cabinets with cushioned tops and keys, $30.00 each. (RAFT San Jose only from 9/25-9/27.)

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News and Events


Congratulations to the 2014-2015 RAFT Fellows!

Please join us in welcoming Mera Burton, Ann Clifford, Fiona Hayes-Snider, Alan Kahn, Dana Kuhlmann, Andrea Morikawa, Becky Regan, Jen Rodgers, Jenifer Spinale, and Eileen Yen, the 2014-2015 RAFT Fellows. Each inductee is a proven education innovator who exudes passion for both teaching and learning. This cohort will spend the next 10 months sharing their proficiency in hands-on teaching through demonstrations with colleagues, students, and the community. They are a tremendous asset to RAFT and they look forward to working with you over the coming year.

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Hands-On Activities

New RAFT Idea Sheets and Activity Kits! Available now at our San Jose and Redwood City resource centers.

Mathematical Symmetry Model

Mathematical Symmetry Model – 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.

Grades Covered: Pre-K through 2

Subjects Covered: Earth/Space Science, Math, Social Studies, Language Arts, Art

Curriculum topics: Symmetry & Patterns, Self –awareness, Self- Representation, Cultural Exploration

Mathematical Symmetry Model

Visit the RAFT Online Store, and if you haven’t done so already, link your RAFT membership to your online store account to receive lower member pricing on all kits ordered online.

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Professional Development


RAFT Fall Workshop Schedule

RAFT's workshop program is designed to enrich educational programs by facilitating the practice of hands-on teaching across the curriculum. All RAFT workshops offer you the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from San Jose State University.

Saturday, September 27- Pop-Up Books: One way to add a 3D element to your books is to add pop-ups inside. Pop ups make the content more interesting, and make your books more creative. In this class, you make a lot of pop-ups to take home plus investigate some different ways to use them. We cover some very basic ways to make pop-ups plus look at how to combine them with accordions books and pamphlets. Students will also receive a list of reference books.

For a full class list or to register visit If you have any questions about our workshop program or any other services please contact us at

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