School of Education Newsletter

January 19, 2021 Spring v.1

Welcome Back from Dean Barber

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the School of Education, welcome to the Spring 2021 semester. To those of you who are new to the School of Education, we are so glad you have joined us. To those of you who are continuing with us, welcome back! We are excited that you are here and one step closer toward meeting your academic and professional goals.

We know that the beginning of this semester comes as the pandemic continues to impact both our professional and personal lives, and as we continue to process the events in Washington D.C. on January 6th and throughout the post-election season. The work you do to support students and their communities is more important than ever; yet, it comes with new and ever-evolving demands. Please know that we in the School of Education and at UMKC are here to support you. Below you’ll find information on how to contact your advisors or to access campus resources; please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Please stay safe and healthy. I hope that the coming weeks and months ahead bring us good news about the vaccine roll-out and, slowly, beginning to return to our normal activities.

Carolyn Barber, Ph.D.
Interim Dean and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation/Missouri Endowed Faculty Chair

SOE Events Survey

Hi all!
UMKC School of Education is attempting to align our department events to fit the needs of the students. To do so we would like your input! Please take a few minutes to fill out this 5 question survey, we would love your input! Every student that fills out the survey will be entered to win a new School of Education T-Shirt!
Take the Survey!

UMKC Competitive Scholarship Application 2021-2022

Interested in additional scholarship opportunities for the 2021-2022 academic year? Submit your UMKC Competitive Scholarship Application to be enrolled in 36 opportunities for the School of Education and 100+ scholarships at UMKC!
Currently enrolled students should apply by March 1, 2021 to be automatically entered for any and all scholarships for which you are eligible. Additionally, academic works will notify you if you are eligible for a scholarship, but are missing an application component like a resume or letters of reference.
Some scholarships also require completion of FAFSA, so submit your application by February 1, 2021 for priority consideration! 

Pearson Professional Assessment Vouchers and MEGA Online! 

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to announce the availability of online proctoring for select assessments in the MEGA program. Online proctoring allows you to take your test securely from your home, school, or business. With just a simple check-in process—involving ID verification, face-matching technology, and a live greeter—you can test without having to travel to a test center. Please note that in order to test online, candidates must have access to a private testing area with a laptop or desktop computer (no tablets, mobile phones, or other personal devices) and adequate internet connection. For more information on testing requirements, which assessments are offered online, and general guidance use this link.
Student Services has received financial vouchers from Pearson for the Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) and Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA). These financial vouchers are meant to help students who cannot afford their assessments and are limited to one per student. For information on assessments, visit the MEGA site, then make your request here!
Check out the Schedule of Events!

A Message from Student Services

Welcome back Roos! We hope that your Winter break was safe and restful! The new semester begins today, however the University has decided that UMKC will conduct courses remotely for the first two weeks. Classes will return to their previously scheduled modality (in-person or remote) on February 1st. You can still set appointments with your advisor online for the upcoming semester.
Undergraduates who are not currently admitted to the Professional Program will need to make an appointment with Kyle Morehead. Undergraduates who are currently enrolled in the Professional Program will need to make an appointment with Meghan Dooley. Appointments can be made through UMKC Connect. You can find a how-to guide for using Connect here. Advising appointments will still be held through virtual and phone-based formats. However, if you need an in-person advising appointment, please contact your academic advisor after January 4th to make arrangements for an in-person meeting.  
Graduate students can reach out to your faculty advisor with any questions. If you are unsure who your advisor is you can contact your division:
  • Counseling and Counseling Psychology 816-235-2492,
  • Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations 816-235-2716,
  • Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies 816-235-2245.
For any other issues or questions, feel free to contact Student Services at

Mental Health Resources for UMKC Students

During this ongoing public health crisis, it is important that we remember our own mental health. UMKC is committed to the health and success of all of it's students and has provided a number of resources for monitoring and tending to our mental wellbeing. For mental health resources for UMKC students, check out the links below. 

Mental Health Resources - General Resources for mental health education and assistance.
Roos for Mental Health - A campaign that creates opportunities and provides resources to enhance proactive self-care strategies among students, staff, and faculty. 
Sanvello - A free app, provided by UMKC, that offers users features such as a journal for daily mood tracking, coping tools, progress assessments and guided journeys designed by clinical experts to help users feel better and more in control.

Emergency Financial Resources

In an emergency or crisis situation, UMKC aims to be a lifeline for its students in need. These resources can help students who have encountered unexpected financial obstacles to complete their academic requirements without major interruption. 
Student Emergency Fund
The UMKC Student Emergency Fund is also available for students to apply.  This Emergency fund is designed to support UMKC students with an urgent need for temporary financial assistance, or a need that may prevent them from continuing their degree program at UMKC. Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis.
Short-term Emergency loans
UMKC offers Short-term Emergency Loans for students to help cover expenses during unexpected or emergency circumstances. These loans must be paid off by the end of the semester in which they are borrowed. For eligibility requirements and restrictions, view our Short-term Loan Policy. To apply or get more information, contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at or 816-235-1154. 
Kangaroo Food Pantry
The Kangaroo Food Pantry is an on-campus resource that provides assistance to members of the UMKC community dealing with food insecurity. In addition to filling physical food needs, the pantry also organizes the Kangaroo Pantry Meal Donation Program.

We're on Instagram!

Check out the new UMKC School of Education Instagram account!  Follow the link below to stay up to date on School of Education events and opportunities.


UMKC leadership have been working with public health officials and medical experts to develop a comprehensive set of guidelines to help protect the health and safety of our community. Together, we can keep UMKC safe for all Roos. Our community members are expected to take proactive steps to monitor their personal health, stay home if they are feeling unwell and take measures to help protect our entire community. 

Based on CDC recommendations for universities, here is what UMKC asks us to keep in mind:
Health and Safety.

Additional Campus Preparations and Protocols can be below:

Digital Jobs Board

Save the link below for a listing of volunteer and job opportunities from schools, individuals, and organizations in Kansas City and the surrounding Metro area! Listing is refreshed every Monday.
Manage your preferences | Opt out using TrueRemove®
Got this as a forward? Sign up to receive our future emails.
View this email online.
powered by emma
Subscribe to our email list.