Professional Learning Experiences

Access + Expertise

RAFT’s personal coaching, practical workshops, inspiring institutes, and fun gatherings are designed to be relevant, hands-on, and immediately applicable.  After participating in any of our professional development offerings, our goal is to have you walking away with the knowledge, the repurposed materials, and the motivation to replicate your experiences with your students!  In addition to offering workshops here at RAFT, we now are able to bring professional development to you through our RAFT On Wheels program.

We know that many students benefit from hands-on learning, and now, teachers in rural Colorado can access RAFT’s creative repurposed materials and training through RAFT On Wheels.  This special and unique program will inspire teachers and students alike across the state.  –Governor Hickenlooper  

PD Packages

Bring your team to RAFT for half-day or full-day workshops that empower teachers to design and deliver hands-on lessons that build 21st century skills and bring academic concepts to life.  Current content options include Upcycled MakerSpaces, STEM for Early Childhood, Engineering Across the Curriculum, and Developing Hands-On Activities to Support Academic Standards (more options coming soon!).  We can customize our curriculum to meet your learning needs.  These packages include RAFT memberships for all participants; workshop and take-away materials; and Contact Hour Certificates.  Click here for pricing (up to 25 teachers).

RAFTy Workshops

Open to members and non-members alike, these workshops are great opportunities to have fun, build your skills, and connect with other teachers!  The content of these workshops can range from opportunities to explore applications of RAFT kits, to unique learning experiences provided by special presenters, to fun “RAFTy Crafty” make-and-take gatherings.  Sign up below.

Summer Symposium

In July, RAFT is the place to be for an inspirational and interactive opportunity for educators to reimagine how to connect curricula to engaging hands-on activities, to meet and learn from their colleagues, and to have lots of FUN!  Whether you register for one session or several, we hope your experiences will leave you refreshed, re-energized, and remembering why you love teaching.

RAFT On Wheels

RAFT On Wheels (ROW) is a professional development road show, delivering one of our Professional Development packages to your door.  We provide content and coaching, repurposed materials to implement the training with students, and a RAFT membership to provide access to all of our resources.  Click here for pricing (up to 25 teachers).  Underwriting opportunities are also available.

You can register for RAFTy Workshops by selecting from the sessions below and clicking the enroll button. Sessions must be pre-paid: you may pay online using paypal, over the phone, or in person.



Workshop Calendar

To enroll in a Workshop, please select from the available future workshops listed below.

After you’ve selected your desired workshops, you will be directed to the workshop sign up page to complete the enrollment.

Saturday, January 20, 9am - 12pm,
ECSTEM: please register through
To early learners, STEM is everywhere. Come learn how to scaffold "play" into powerful learning experiences. Everyone will gain insight into what STEM is and how to make sure it happens. Participants will become familiar and proficient with using the scientific and engineering processes. Participants will play as students but think like educators. Please register through:
$45 for members and nonmembers please register through
Saturday, February 10, 9am - 12pm,
Using Engineering Play to Support Data Collection: please register through
A large part of being an educator is being an evaluator. It is not alway's anyone's favorite part, but it should not have to be the worst part. Careful observation of engineering-based play can lead to great data to evaluate student growth. This session is highly interactive giving you time to play and hone your engineering skills as well as time to practice evaluation and data collection. Please register through:
$45 for members and nonmembers please register through

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