School of Education News


Marvalee Collins interviewed by the Kansas City Star

Marvalee Collins was interviewed by the Kansas City Star for a story titled, Your teen. Their trauma. Kansas City area schools struggle with students’ mental health, which sheds light on how the pandemic has exacerbated mental health concerns in schools, the need for more counselors, and how school counselors are a critical lifeline for children and teens facing mental health challenges.

“The role of school counselors has transformed in recent years. They now serve the entire student body, focusing on both prevention and intervention by pinpointing three domains of learning: academic, social-emotional and career,” she said. “Having that mental health professional that is school-based is really critical. The school counselor may be the only mental health professional a student ever worked with”.

Marvalee  Collins is the coordinator of school counseling and practicum and internship at the UMKC School of Education.

Ann McCoy, Ph.D., Named College of Education Dean at UCM

Experienced Educator, Ann McCoy, Named College of Education Dean at UCM Ann McCoy, Ph.D., a UMKC graduate with a Ph.D. in _Curriculum and Instruction (mathematics education), will be working to make a positive impact on the preparation of tomorrow’s teachers and school administrators as the new dean of the College of Education (COE) at the University of Central Missouri. University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Phil Bridgmon, Ph.D., this week announced McCoy’s appointment, continuing her service in the position in which she has served since May 2021 on an interim basis.

Sherman and Sunderland Gifts Amplify Education Program Success

Despite the challenges of the last year, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Urban Education (IUE) in the School of Education is successfully affecting student success and teacher retention through its programming in urban schools, thanks in part to significant and steady support from major donors. See Story at UMKC Today

Laverne Berkel Honored With UM System President’s Award

Every year, the highly competitive UM System President’s Awards recognize faculty who have made exceptional contributions in advancing their university community. The awards are presented on behalf of President Mun Choi to faculty members across the four universities of the UM System. This year, Laverne Berkel, associate professor of counseling and counseling psychology, was honored with an award. See full story at UMKC Today