Workshop Schedule

Are you looking for a way to reconnect with the joy and passion that brought you into education? RAFT workshops strive to teach relevant content while tapping into the love that educators have for what they do. We want you to walk away with new knowledge and an excitement for putting that knowledge to work in your classroom! All of our workshops are hands-on, so you will learn by doing. Here are our workshop types:

  • RAFTy Toolbox (: In these two-hour workshops, the first portion will be spent learning about concepts and the second portion will be spent working with colleagues. They are great opportunities to have fun, build your skills, and connect with other teachers!
  • Intensives: These targeted six-hour workshops are all about concepts
    that apply directly to you. Learn strategies that can be implemented in your classroom immediately to excite and inspire yourself and your students! (Price includes lunch and all materials!! What a steal!)
  • Content-Rich Half-Days: These three-hour workshops are a perfect chance to learn a bite-sized chunk that can be taken into your classroom and applied with your students to increase the level of rigor through hands-on learning.
  • Crafting & Cocktails: Come relax and unwind with a few cocktails to get
    those creative juices flowing. Some will be members only and some will be for members and friends. All materials and refreshments are included in the price! You’re going to love it!

Register by selecting sessions below and clicking the enroll button. Sessions must be pre-paid either online using paypal, over the phone, or in person.

If you have any questions, please e-mail katie@raftcolorado.org

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Thursday, December 11, 4pm – 6:30pm,
Crafting & Cocktails: Holiday Pinterest Fun
You can make some pretty amazing gifts from upcycled materials. Come get into the holiday spirit and create unique gifts for friends and family members! Feel free to bring a friend and get your craft on while you enjoy delicious adult beverages and snacks. We will have several fun pinterest ideas, but you are welcome to bring your own ideas and use RAFT materials to create them. (Please call or email katie@raftcolorado.org if you have an idea you’d like to create to make sure we have the supplies you need.)

**This is an open crafting session, so you do not have to be at RAFT by 4:00. You may come and go as you like.

TARGET AUDIENCE: RAFT members and their friends
Cost: $20 per person
Crafting is more fun with a friend! Bring a non-member friend for the same price!

Price includes all materials, drinks and snacks!! Act fast. These classes will fill up quickly. There are only 25 spots.

 
Saturday, December 13, 10am – 12pm,
Mimosa Morning: Holiday Pinterest Fun
You can make some pretty amazing gifts from upcycled materials. Come get into the holiday spirit and create unique gifts for friends and family members! Feel free to bring a friend and get your craft on while you enjoy delicious adult beverages and snacks. We will have several fun pinterest ideas, but you are welcome to bring your own ideas and use RAFT materials to create them. (Please call or email katie@raftcolorado.org if you have an idea you’d like to create to make sure we have the supplies you need.)

**This is an open crafting session, so you do not have to be at RAFT by 4:00. You may come and go as you like.

TARGET AUDIENCE: RAFT members and their friends
Cost: $20 per member
Crafting is more fun with a friend! Bring a non-member friend for the same price!

Price includes all materials, drinks and snacks!! Act fast. These classes will fill up quickly. There are only 25 spots.

 
Saturday, January 10, 10am – 1pm,
Half-Day: Art, Science & Simple Machines
Developed by the Exploratorium’s PIE Institute, Cardboard Automata are a playful way to learn about simple machine elements such as cranks, cams, levers and linkages while creating art that actually spins and moves through the magic of science. Cardboard Automata is a great example of integrating art, science and engineering. In this workshop you will learn about the mechanics of simple machines by building moving art that tells a story. This is an activity that can be translated to the classroom at many levels as well as being a fun opportunity to unleash your own creativity.

**Earn 3 CDE hours for PDU.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators from 2nd to 12th grade
Cost:
$20 for members
$40 for non-members
 
Wednesday, January 14, 10am – 12pm,
Homeschool Event: Winter Science, Math & Literacy
Bring your children to mingle with other home school families for a morning of fun and learning! We will provide supplies, ideas and snacks. You just have to show up with your children and be ready to participate! There will be plenty of winter ideas using RAFTy materials that will span all different topics and age ranges, from studying fractals to winter science experiments to poetry and art. It will be a great opportunity to socialize and share ideas with other home schoolers.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Homeschool families with children of all ages
Cost:
$20 for members and non-members alike

**Price includes materials and snacks for one adult and up to three children. Must be a member to shop. Discounted memberships available.

 
Saturday, January 24, 10am – 4pm,
ECE Intensive: Powerful Interactions and Inquiry
A day in the life of an ECE teacher can be extremely hectic. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of snacks, naps, winter boots and bathroom breaks, it can be difficult to maintain a sense of presence and intentionality. Effective teacher-child interactions are an active and crucial ingredient for children’s social and academic development. In this workshop you will dig deeper into the science of powerful interactions and how they engage students. Gain tools you can use to extend thinking, promote language development, deepen engagement, and foster relationships. We will also discuss ways to use these powerful interactions to engage students in meaningful inquiry and see the power of engaging in inquiry alongside your students. In the process, you will be reminded of the reasons you love working with young children!

**Earn 6 CEUs towards recertification

TARGET AUDIENCE: Teachers of children age 3 to 7
Cost:
$40 for members
$80 for non-members

**Price includes lunch

 
Saturday, January 31, 9:30am – 5pm,
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Back by Popular Demand!!
After an outstanding smyposium course, the crew from Youth Mental Health First Aid has agreed to offer this course at RAFT again, this time for free. This course has wonderful insights useful in any grade level. You do not want to miss out on this great opportunity!

Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them. You are more likely to encounter someone experiencing a mental health crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches you about common warning signs and risk factors for mental health problems and provides a five-step action plan and resources for helping someone in crisis. The course is an 8 hour certification that is similar to a basic first aid course but for issues surrounding depression, anxiety, etc. with youth. Our goal is to train anyone who works with youth, as well as teens, in how to recognize and respond to a mental health crisis in emerging adults.

** Earn 6 CEU hours towards recertification.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Integrated Experiences
Cost: Free!
This course has been generously funded by a grant
 
Thursday, February 5, 4pm – 6:30pm,
Crafing & Cocktails: Cards and Print-Making
Do something fun and different for Valentines Day this year! Make upcycled cards with your students. This will be an open crafting session where you can try out several different printing ideas and get the supplies you need to bring them into your classroom. Take away some great ideas that you can use not only for Valentines Day, but also for other special occasions!

TARGET AUDIENCE: All RAFT members
Cost:
$20 for members and non-members alike

**Price includes all materials, drinks and snacks!! Must be a member to shop. Discounted memberships available.

 
Wednesday, February 11, 10pm – 12pm,
Homeschool Valentine Party
Don’t miss out on the fun of a Valentine Party! Come to RAFT and celebrate with other homeschool families. We will provide supplies and ideas for Valentine’s Day crafts and experiments for your children to explore. Create RAFTy upcycled cards and Valentine’s Day gifts for friends and family members with your children. We will also have some fun Valentine-themed math and science activities for kids of all ages. It will be a great opportunity to celebrate with other kids in a fun and educational setting!
TARGET AUDIENCE: Homeschool families with children of all ages
Cost:
$20 for members and non-members alike

**Price includes materials and snacks for one adult and up to three children. Must be a member to shop. Discounted memberships available.

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