Workshop explores strategies to help teachers prepare students for the ACT

October 18, 2006

DEARBORN / Oct. 18---The state of Michigan will be moving from using the MEAP to the ACT as the assessment for high school students. Teachers can learn strategies for preparing students for the ACT during a one-day workshop at the University of Michigan-Dearbornís School of Education on Thursday, Nov. 9.

Former teacher and administrator James Harris and Michael McKinney, a consultant for elementary and secondary services for the ACT Corporation, will present "From the MEAP to the ACT: Implications for the Classroom" as part of the Teachers Academy workshop series at UM-Dearbornís School of Education.

The workshop, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Dining Rooms B and C of the Fairlane Center South Building off of Hubbard Drive, is geared toward students, teachers and school administrators.

Harris and McKinney will discuss topics such as ACT Plus Writing; an update on the Michigan Merit Exam; strategies to prepare students for ACT Plus Writing; and the implications of the ACT Plus Writing for content area teachers.

Harris has worked with the ACT Corporation as a member of the ACT Council for many years. He specializes in school assessment. McKinney, a consultant with ACT Corporation since 1996, has worked with teachers and school administrators to inform them about the essential components of the new ACT instrument for schools in Michigan. He provides teachers with instructional strategies that align with assessment.

The deadline to register for the workshop is Oct. 30. Workshop cost is $100 for the general public and $60 for UM-Dearborn alumni and students. A box lunch is available for an additional $5.

After Oct. 30, the cost of the workshop is $125 for the public and $75 for UM-Dearborn students and alumni.

The workshop also may be taken for one undergraduate or graduate credit hour. Please contact Judy Garfield at 313-593-5285 for more information on tuition cost and registration procedures for academic credit.

For more information on the workshop, contact Mary Fulmer at 313-593-3893.



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