School of Education Newsletter

December 14, 2020 Fall v.5

Winter Greetings from Dean Barber

Congratulations on finishing out the fall 2020 semester strong! I know that this has been a semester and year unlike any other. You’ve navigated transitions to online coursework—some of you for the first time—and found new ways to support your students, colleagues, clients, and communities. And, you took on these challenges while also caring for your lives outside of the School of Education. I am so proud of your resilience and what it means for the professionals that you are and will become! I wish you all the best as you finish out your final assignments and exams this week.
To those of you who are graduating, congratulations on your achievement! You persevered and realized your goals in this most unusual of years. I look forward to celebrating your accomplishments this coming Saturday.
Take good care over winter break, and stay healthy. We are finally closing the books on 2020, and I look forward to seeing what 2021 has to bring.

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

A Message from Student Services

With the Fall semester wrapping up, Student Services would like to thank and congratulate all students on a successful semester! Your hard work and resilience shows and we hope that the winter break will give us all some much-deserved rest. The offices of Student Services will be closed from December 25th to January 4th, however you can still set appointments online for next 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.

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!
Incoming Freshman should apply by January 15 and currently enrolled students 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! 
Reserve your spot!


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:

The School of Education is 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.

Important Dates and Upcoming Events

  • Last Day of Classes - Friday, December 11
  • Exams Begin - Monday, December 14
  • Exams End/ Classes End - Friday, December 21
  • Semester Grades Due - Tuesday, December 22
  • University Holiday - Friday, December 25, 2020 - Sunday, January 17
  • Martin Luther King Birthday Observance - Monday, January 18
  • Spring Semester Course Work Begins - Tuesday, January 19
  • Last day to add courses without an instructor signature (16 week session) - Monday, January 25

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