RAFT Blog, News, and Events

Featured Articles and News

Renovated Volunteer Center Thanks To Rebuilding Together and DPR Construction

October 25, 2021

With help from Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley and DPR Construction, RAFT has a new and improved volunteer center. Thank you to the volunteers for revamping our volunteer center and providing an inviting space for our volunteers and staff. DPR Construction is a unique technical builder with a passion for results, consistently ranked in the top general contractors…

Read More

Members: Help us improve and win a $50 RAFT gift certificate!

October 19, 2021

Your input last year led to many significant changes to improve the shopping experience at RAFT. Here’s how your feedback helped us:  Members wanted more direction within the store. So RAFT added signage throughout the store with more signs to come! Members wanted to buy more technology items for sale at RAFT. So we brought…

Read More

2 New Kits!

October 18, 2021

RAFT has 2 new kits: Paper Sunflowers and Rolling Maze. These kits are the first in a series of kits specially geared for early childhood educators (ECE) and early elementary teachers. Paper Sunflowers Young learners practice motor skills and blend science, art, and math to create beautiful plant models. Our new Paper Sunflowers STEAM Project…

Read More

RAFT Hall of Fame | Class of 2021

September 23, 2021

Congratulations to our 2021 STEAM Teachers of the Year, RAFT Heroes, RAFT Partner of the Year and RAFT Volunteer Award winners! Thank you for all you do for our students, our education community, and RAFT! STEAM Teachers of the Year Melissa NakamuraLagunita Elementary School STEAM Teacher of the Year presented by KPMG Mrs. Nakamura is…

Read More

RAFT Celebrates Our Youngest Learners®

Apr 5, 2016 | Comments Off on RAFT Celebrates Our Youngest Learners®

Resource Area for Teaching celebrates National Week of the Young Child April 5, 2016 – As part of the national Week of the Young Child™ (April 10-16, 2016) celebrated across the country, Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) locations in California and Colorado are honoring young children and…

Read More

The Importance of Play in the Classroom

Mar 31, 2016 |

By Rita Mercado, First Grade Teacher, Serendipity School I have taught first grade for the last 12 years, and it seems like every year I get questions about what we do during our “Choice Time.” The number one thing that my students learn how…

Read More

RAFT Kits Help Make STEM Learning Accessible in South Sudan

Mar 29, 2016 | Comments Off on RAFT Kits Help Make STEM Learning Accessible in South Sudan

In a country ravaged by war, floods, and famines, Loreto Primary School in South Sudan takes a stand for education using RAFT hands-on learning kits. In a country where half of its people live below the poverty line and onechild in three is stunted…

Read More

RAFT Presents Award at San Mateo County STEM Fair

Mar 22, 2016 |

On March 29th, the SMCOE STEM fair was held at the Hiller Aviation Museum. Every year, RAFT is allowed to pick a special winner who has demonstrated an exceptional skills in science. The RAFT special award winner this year is Maya Ellis, a fifth…

Read More

RAFT Prepares for Pi Day Event on March 5th

Mar 3, 2016 | Comments Off on RAFT Prepares for Pi Day Event on March 5th

RAFT San Jose gets its teachers in gear for International Pi Day. Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) the San Jose-based nonprofit organization committed to hands-on learning, will host a Pi Day event on March 5th in honor of International Pi Day on March 14th.…

Read More

Juggling the Work/Life Balance

Feb 25, 2016 |

By Michael Rosenberg, Teacher, Stratford School  There are few professions outside of teaching that can empathize with the struggle of being an educator. As a teacher, our days in the classroom can be a physical and mental roller coaster. Then at day’s end, stacks…

Read More