ACT Workshops and Classes Newsletter

By March 23, 2017Newsletter

ACT Workshops and Classes  at Focus on Learning Center

   March   2017 200 Corporate Lake Drive Columbia, MO 65203          573-875-5187

2017 Dates

ACT Test Dates

June 10

September 9

October 8

December 9


06/03  Columbia

09/09  Columbia

10/07  St. Louis

11/11  Kansas City

12/02  Columbia


06/10   Columbia

09/30    Springfield

10/28    St. Louis

12/09    Kansas City


Dr. Gary Moss

Dr. Ene Chippendale

Cost:  $250

Time: 9:30 – 3:30

We can schedule both workshops in your building for PD days.

Please let us know if you would like to host a Saturday workshop.


Contact us at

200 Corporate Lake Drive

Columbia, MO 65203


       Teaching For Success on the ACT (TFS):

       New Missouri Learning Standards and the ACT—What’s a School to Do?

Classroom experiences lay the foundation for ACT success. Students who have strong reading, English, math, and science skills can easily learn the strategies that are specific to each ACT subtest. The ACT overwhelms students who lack a strong academic background. Learning test taking strategies alone is just not enough. Students need to know the content covered by each test! Students learn this content in their classrooms.

More and more teachers are beginning to incorporate ACT prep into their daily curriculum, and the TFS workshop provides them useful materials and strategies.  Many teachers have not had any recent experience with the ACT and thus feel uneasy about having to work the test into their classes. We give them the tools they need.


Who participates? English, math, science, and social studies faculty; special education teachers; and administrators.

What are its goals? The goals of the workshop are to

•    Identify overlapping LS’s and ACT College Readiness Standards

•    Teach the structure and content of the ACT

•    Provide strategies for daily lesson plans to

– Improve reading comprehension

– Connect ACT math questions to LS’s in math classes

– Explain the structure and major concepts found on the science test

-Identify rules of punctuation, grammar, and rhetoric that make up

the English test

What materials do teachers receive?  Teachers leave this interactive workshop with a comprehensive range of materials that includes ACT tests, handouts, strategies for succeeding on each subtest, sites for additional resources, power points,  and access for materials that can be downloaded for class use.

Teachers as ACT Coaches (TAC)

The ACT is a teachable test, and students who prepare score higher and gain the benefits of more school choices and higher scholarships. Every point gain on the ACT can make a difference.

The ACT is a subject-based test, and teachers are the most effective coaches because they can answer content questions while also teaching specific test taking strategies.

Who participates?  English, math, science, and special ed teachers who

coach students for the ACT.

What are the goals?  Participating teachers learn

•    The content of each ACT subtest

•    The types of questions and traps that appear on the test

•    The strategies that help students raise their scores

•    How to structure and teach ACT classes

What materials do teachers receive?  Teachers leave the workshop ready to develop and teach an ACT class. As part of the class, they receive

•    ACT workbooks – English/Reading/Writing and Math/Science

•    Power points to use in class

•    Copies of ACT tests with explanation guides

•    Supplemental class handouts

•    Access to website for materials and tests

The TAC curriculum has been developed and is modified yearly by Dr. Ene-Kaja Chippendale and Dr. Gary Moss who continue to coach the ACT.  Their strategies are, therefore, student tested and successful.


We believe ALL students deserve ACT prep before taking this difficult and important test, and that ACT prep should be modified according to the goal scores of students.  Teachers, therefore, learn how to differentiate instruction according to whether students are aiming for 20s, 25s, or 30s.

ACT On-Site Classes

We offer on-site classes that range from a 4-hour Jump Start to a 20-hour ACT Academy.  The Fishbowl Academy includes teachers who are training to coach the ACT. We also teach a 21 hr. Bright Flight Academy for 29s and 30s. Check our website for details or call 573-875-5187.

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