School of Education Newsletter

March 19, 2021 Spring v.3

Spring Commencement & Graduation Deadline: March 31

If you intend to complete all your degree requirements for Spring 2021, you must notify the Office of Registration and Records by submitting an Application for Graduation in Pathway by March 31, 2021. If you intend to complete your degree in Summer 2021 and want to participate in the Spring commencement ceremony please apply by March 31, 2021. Detailed directions on how to submit your application can be found here. The application for graduation initiates the degree-check process. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Student Services at

Student Spotlight: Lea Johnson!

This week’s student spotlight is of Lea Marie Johnson. Lea is a Secondary Art Education major here at UMKC. Her favorite place on campus is the School of Education Learning Commons. “I love studying or working there and being around other future educators," Lea explains, "It’s great to be able to ask questions, bounce around ideas or get feedback from others. I am a non-traditional student and the support and guidance I have personally received has been integral to my success.” While attending UMKC, Lea's favorite experience with a student was during a 3rd grade lesson helping students work on an Op Art project using lines and shading to produce a "3D look." She says, “It was amazing to see the student’s reaction to their own work as they began to see the special effects they had created!”

Lea's favorite places in Kansas City are the Crossroads District because it is artsy, eclectic, edgy, and evolving, and her 1920’s bungalow in the Argentine neighborhood because it is warm, cozy, and has character. Her go-to coffee is an Irish Cream or Vanilla Cappuccino from The Roasterie Cafe on Southwest Blvd. or Second Best Coffee.

Free COVID-19 Testing for Students

Rapid COVID-19 testing is available free and by appointment to all students, faculty and staff, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms. Testing takes place in a convenient drive-up clinic that allows those being tested to stay in their vehicles. The test involves anterior nose swabbing, much less discomforting than interior nose swabbing. Results take about 15 minutes. Testing is provided by appointment, so visit the following link to schedule your test today!
For information on vaccinations in Missouri, including distribution tiers, FAQ, and vaccine registration, you can follow the link here.

Check out the Schedule of Events!

Schedule an Academic Advising Appointment Today!

You can still set appointments with your advisor online for the Spring 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 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 academic 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 its students and has provided several 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.

Kangaroo 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.

Main Location - 4825 Troost (on the UMKC shuttle line) In-person shopping or online ordering 
Hours:  Tues 1:30-5:30 pm, Wed 1:00-5:00 pm, Thurs 1:00-5:00 pm.
If these hours are not convenient, call 816-235-1457 or email and arrangements can be made.

Satellite Location – Student Union near Jazzman’s Café, whenever Union is open.
Satellite Location – School of Medicine, Rm 1-402, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm when UMKC is open.

We're on Instagram!

Check out the 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:

  • April 7, 4-5 PM - Coping With Stress & Calming Activities (link)
  • April 16 - Last day to withdraw with "W" (undergrad)
  • April 21, 4-5 PM School of Education KAHOOTS! (link)

  • May 7 - Last day to change credit to audit (grad)
  • May 14 - Last day of class
  • May 8-14 - Final Exams
  • May 18 - Final Grades due by 5:00 PM

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