School of Education
August 24, 2020 Fall volume. 1

We Are #RooReady for Fall Semester!

As this situation continues to evolve, we understand that some among us may face unique challenges related to health or caregiving. We ask that you stay in close communication with your professors and/or supervisor regarding any issues that may impact your ability to participate in class or at work.

Each of us should do our part to minimize risk while simultaneously working to promote the UMKC Culture of Care during this time. Each of us has a responsibility to ensure that discrimination, shunning and bullying that sometimes accompany an outbreak never occur at UMKC.

Learn more about the UMKC response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and get the latest updates and safety information from the CDC.

Student Spotlight

Four School of Education doctoral students received awards from the School of Graduate Studies to support their development as researchers, mental health professionals, and university instructors (left to right):

Rami Bassioni, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology: SGS Research Grant
Janee’ Henderson, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology: SGS Opportunity Fellowship
Addison Lucchi, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Foundations and English: Preparing Future Faculty Fellowship
Dilek Soysal, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Mathematics and Curriculum and Instruction: Preparing Future Faculty Fellowship
Congratulations to all!

Do You Know Where Your Classes Meet?

Make sure you have viewed your schedule in Pathway. You can view your schedule following these steps:

1. Log on to Pathway.
2. Type your username and password and select “Sign In”.
3. Select “Self-Service” in the menu on the left.
4. Select “Student Center”
5. Select “My Class Schedule” to view your schedule.

UMKC has a variety of online courses. They are Online Asynchronous, Online Synchronous, and Blended. Here are the definitions the University Registrar established for the different types of instruction:
Asynchronous (OA)- The course has no required real-time (synchronous) interactions between instructor and students. Teaching and learning activities occur online through the use of a variety of eLearning technologies and resources, and the course is characterized by regular and substantive asynchronous online interactions between course instructor and course participants. There are defined deadlines for completion of assignments and other course related activities.
Synchronous (OS)- The course has required real-time (synchronous) interactions between instructor and students, usually through the use of online conferencing tools (Zoom or Teams). Teaching and learning activities occur online through the use of a variety of eLearning technologies and resources. The course is characterized by regular and substantive online interactions between course instructor and course participants which occur both synchronously and asynchronously. There are defined deadlines for completion of assignments and other course related activities.
Blended (B)- Participants of a Blended course meet five or more times on-campus. The remainder of the course occurs online learning through activities and interactions using a variety of eLearning technologies and resources. These activities can occur in real-time (synchronously) or asynchronously. There are defined deadlines for completion of assignments and other course related activities.
If your class meets on campus, you can find its location on Pathway. Campus locations can be found here, as well as the most current UMKC maps.If you need help identifying the location, contact us in the School of Education at 816-235-1290 or at

Campus Preparations and Protocols

Check out the following links for the protocols and preparations the University has put in place for the upcoming Fall semester:

Notification Process for COVID symptoms/cases: Instructions for students and employees on initiating communication if you are experiencing COVID symptoms or have tested positive for COVID.
Masks Required: Students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear face coverings, per Kansas City order.
Communicating COVID-19 Cases: UMKC protocol on sharing information with our campus community.
7 Changes to Housing and Dining: New measures are being taken this fall.
Cleaning on Campus: Precautions the university is taking during the pandemic.
Scheduling Solutions for Fall: Rising to the challenge of physically distancing for in-person courses.
Safety Modifications for Classrooms and Offices: Adding shields and set barriers to encourage physical distancing

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. 
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.

RooLabs Online!

The RooLabs Online portal provides real time information regarding capacities of student computing labs located on campus, how many machines are currently in use in each lab, and provides free remote access to lab software. You can plan ahead before making a trip to a lab, or simply connect to the lab from the convenience of your own device. Connecting remotely to a lab in RooLabs Online will be a similar experience to using an on-campus lab. If you have access to a general lab or departmental lab on-campus that participates in RooLabs Online, you can remotely access ALL of the same software via RooLabs Online.
Preview the entire catalog of lab software accessible from RooLabs Online, connect now to see which on-campus labs participate in RooLabs Online, or reveiw the RooLabs Online frequently asked questions page for more information.

Student Services is

Here to Help!

Greetings from Student Services! We would like to remind you that, despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we are here to help! 
Undergraduates who are not currently admitted to the Professional Program, will need to make an appointment with Kyle MoreheadUndergraduates who are currently enrolled in the Professional Program will need to make an appointment with Meghan Dooley.
Appointments can be made through UMKC ConnectDue to campus-wide COVID-19 restrictions, all advising appointments have been moved to a virtual or phone-based format. 
Advisors will host a Zoom video conference meeting at your scheduled appoint time. You can find Zoom resources at The Zoom app can be downloaded on your laptop, phone and/or tablet. If you would prefer a phone meeting, please specify this option in Connect.
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, or Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies 816-235-2245.
For any other issues or questions, feel free to contact Student Services at

UMKC Central

UMKC Central is your one-stop resource for Admissions, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Cashiers, and Registration and Records services. Open a ticket, send us an email or call us — whichever is most convenient for you.
With key services in one location, students can get help with problems, gain additional information about the enrollment process and perform transactions to meet their academic and financial objectives. UMKC Central promotes student success by leveraging technology and other resources to provide interactive enrollment resources, offer exceptional customer service, and provide a single location enhanced by a virtual presence to address enrollment and business needs

If you would like to meet with a UMKC Central staff member virtually or face to face, please schedule an appointment here. Or you can contact us at 816-235-6000.

UMKC RooWriter Update

The RooWriter was a writing assessment for all undergraduate students completing their first degree. The RooWriter requirement has been eliminated for all undergraduate students. You are no longer required to complete the RooWriter, and any RooWriter-related holds have been eliminated. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor.

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