RAFT Awards ‘Hands-On’ Teaching Excellence

August 13, 2010

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ —

News Facts

  • Congressman Mike Honda, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools, Charles Weis, Ph.D. and San Jose Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Vincent Matthews, will join RAFT in celebrating teaching excellence at an event held today at Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT).
  • Congressman Honda will address the importance of improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.
  • Dr. Weis will discuss the contributions that RAFT and hands-on teaching methods make to STEM and other Santa Clara County educational programs.
  • Dr. Matthews will explain the need for cost-effective programs that give every child the chance to win academically.
  • They will join RAFT Executive Director, Mary Simon, in announcing RAFT’s new “Hands-On” award that recognizes innovative inquiry-based teaching projects.

Event Details

  • The event will be held today at RAFT San Jose, 1355 Ridder Park Drive. Lunch and networking begins at 11:30 am, followed by a 12:00 pm speaking presentation.
  • At 12:30 pm, RAFT’s doors open to kick off educators’ back-to-school shopping for hands-on learning materials and classroom supplies.

Supporting Quotes:

“As a former teacher, principal, and school board member, I understand the impact that great teaching can have so I am honored to join RAFT in celebrating the extraordinary work that’s being done both during and after school today,” said Congressman Mike Honda. “It is particularly critical to support and improve STEM education, or America’s ability to compete in the global economy will be jeopardized. As a recognized leader in innovation, California has a great opportunity to create prepare our next generation of scientists and engineers. RAFT is a great example of a public-private-nonprofit partnership that helps make STEM topics more engaging, understandable and real for educators and students alike. Innovative approaches such as this can produce higher quality learning environments for California’s diverse student population and ensure equity of opportunity for each child.”

“We truly appreciate the low-cost opportunity that RAFT gives to teachers for hands-on learning in the classroom,” said Dr. Charles Weis, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools. “Much of our most important work at the County Office–from the arts, to early education, to career tech–uses hands-on learning in an integral way.”

“I am pleased to join RAFT in celebrating how excellent teachers give every student the opportunity to win academically,” said San Jose Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Vince Matthews. “Creating programs that make hands-on teaching affordable — especially in economically disadvantaged districts — is key to eliminating the achievement gap. Our top goal as a district is to make sure EVERY student will meet and exceed state and district lifelong learning standards.”

“Today, RAFT’s is launching a ‘Hands-On’ recognition program to highlight outstanding inquiry-based activities that get students excited about learning, unlock their potential and achieve their aspirations,” said Mary Simon, RAFT Executive Director. “If children are going to succeed, they need the kind of preparation that hands-on teaching delivers.”

About RAFT

Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) transforms the learning experience by providing materials, training and support that pre-K-12 educators need to increase student achievement. RAFT’s hands-on resources make learning more engaging, memorable and effective. Today, RAFT serves 9,000 San Francisco Bay Area members, has Sacramento and Denver affiliates and provides downloads of more than 500,000 curriculum idea sheets worldwide, annually. For more information, visit www.raft.net.

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