The RAFT facility is a Creative Resource Center with a relaxed atmosphere where members can get creative, get inspired, and get a great deal. Oh — and you get fresh cookies from Paradise Bakery too!
RAFT Idea Sheets are FREE hands-on experience guides on how to teach educational concepts using everyday, low-cost materials — materials that cost even less at RAFT!
For Idea Sheets linked to Colorado State Standards, click here
Can’t find what you need? click here to search San Jose’s database and call us if you find something you need us to tie to the Colorado standards.
Dozens of idea sheets are available at RAFT as pre-assembled activity kits. Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, we are able to pre-package all of the materials necessary to build 10 of the activity described in a specific idea sheet. Kits cost between $1-$5, so come down and pick out the ones you like!
We turn dimes into dollars! We always have tons of items and lota of creative ideas for how to teach with them. With many of our individual items priced below $1, our goal is to provide you with the affordable supplies you need to be effective and inspiring when teaching.
Our supplies also come in packaged kits that make it easy for you to get what you need for pre-planned activities. Find out more about these activity kits on our Tools page.
Green Room – Teacher Workspace
The Green Room is where you get to relax and enjoy doing your prep time in the company of other teaching professionals. Beyond having a place to connect with the greater RAFT community, you can use Ellison die cuts, assorted papers, scissors, glues, markers, book-binding machines, and lots of other tools and materials for free. A laminator is also available for only $.75/foot.
Meeting Spaces & Classroom
One of the many benefits of a RAFT membership is having the ability to reserve the classroom or other meeting spaces for in-service planning sessions, trainings, staff parties, and even book club meetings! For large groups, (30+ people) we have a great open space and lots of rolling chairs.
The Classroom is equipped with both Promethean and SMART interactive white boards; a refrigerator, sink, and microwave; and tables and chairs to comfortably accommodate groups of up to 24. (Though if you need it, we can squeeze in about a dozen more.)
For more information about reserving RAFT for your event, please contact Betsy Post.
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