School of Education
October 12, 2020 Fall volume. 3

Keep Every Roo Safe!

We’re so glad you’re back on campus. 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:

Student Spotlight: Daishanae Crittenden

This week we would like to introduce you to Daishanae Crittenden. She is a Senior in the UMKC SOE Elementary Education program. Since being at UMKC, Daishanae has enjoyed meeting so many people, not only from around the city and state, but from around the world! Her favorite place on the UMKC campus is the Student Success Area – where she works, in the School of Education. Daishanae says, “it’s very peaceful and I love interacting with the students.
Her favorite place to visit in Kansas City is Loose Park because before her and her boyfriend came to KC this school year, one of their favorite places to visit in St. Louis (where both of them are from) was Forest Park.
Forest Park in St. Louis is someplace meaningful to her, which is where her photo above is taken. Say hello to Daishanae, and congratulate her on starting her senior year at UMKC. She is one step closer to being a full-time teacher!

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 academic advisor. 

Student Services is

Here to Help!

With Spring semester on the way, it's time for pre-registration advising! 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 Connect. You can find a how-to guide for using Connect here. Due to campus-wide COVID-19 restrictions, 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.
Advisors will host a Zoom video conference meeting at your scheduled appointment time. You can find Zoom resources at 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,
  • Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies 816-235-2245.
For any other issues or questions, feel free to contact Student Services at

UMKC Competitive Scholarship Application 2021-2022

Interested in additional scholarship opportunities for the 2021-2022 academic year? Submit your UMKC Competitive Scholarship Application today! 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! 
Mid-Year Commencement & Fall Graduation Deadline: October 31, 2020   
If you intend to complete all your degree requirements for Fall 2020, you must notify the Office of Registration and Records by submitting an Application for Graduation in Pathway by October 31, 2020. 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

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.

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!

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.


RooGroups is your way to connect to student organizations, communicate with other members and discover events happening on campus. Students can sign on to RooGroups using their UMKC SSO login information and set their personal profile.
Use RooGroups to learn more about student organizations, activities happening online and around campus, and other ways you can get involved in the UMKC campus community! Check out the School of Education RooGroup and register for upcoming events! 

Important Dates and Upcoming Events

  • Academic Advising 101 & Scategories - Zoom; October 13, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
  • UMKC United Way Campaign 2020 - See the Link for Details; October 12-16 
  • Graduation Fair - UMKC Bookstore; October 13, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and October 14, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Last Day for 25% refund - Friday, October 16
  • Last day to withdraw with a W (graduate/professional) (16 week session) - Friday, October 16
  • Last Day to File for December Graduation - Saturday, October 31
  • Spring 2021 Priority Registration - Monday, November 2
  • Finishing Strong, MoGEA & UMKC Trivia - Tuesday, November 10 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Last Day to withdraw (undergraduate) (16-week session) - Friday, November 13
  • Thanksgiving Holiday Begins - Monday, November 23
  • Spring 2021 Open Registration Begins - Monday, November 30
  • Coursework Resumes - Monday, November 30

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