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 28, 9am - 11am,
Engineering Failures = Problem-Solving Fodder
If at first you don't succeed...try, try again! Not only does learning from mistakes teach resilience, students (and adults) learn best when messing about and messing up. In this workshop, participants will use loose parts to play, build, and test the engineering process. We will also address helpful language to use in explaining this process to students - and ourselves! Come learn how fun it can be to turn unexpected outcomes (failures) into great opportunities for student learning and growth.
TARGET AUDIENCE: All teachers looking for ways to reframe thoughts around what failure means
$10 members $20 non-members


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