Polly Prendergast, senior director of programs and project operations at UMKC’s Berkley Child and Family Development Center, was given Fox4KC’s Pay-It-Forward Award for her work with Kansas City area children and their families. Prendergast was nominated by a student’s mother, who wanted to thank Prendergast for her passion and dedication.
School of Education News
Omiunota N. Ukpokodu, Ph.D., Professor, UMKC School of Education, received awards from two Special Interest Groups (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association. She was presented the Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Lifetime Scholarship and the Outstanding Contribution Award at the AERA annual conference that was held in Toronto, Canada, April 5-9, 2019.
Each year, the UMKC School of Education hosts a free educational program for teachers, administrators, school counselors, social workers and others committed to quality public education. This year’s event was April 29 and focused specifically on Youth Participatory Action Research, a ground-breaking approach to youth civic engagement.
Rita Barger, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the School of Education, will serve as a Fulbright Specialist at Trakya University in Turkey for the 2019-20 year.
Barger will serve as a Fulbright Specialist in mathematics education and creative problem solving at Trakya University in Turkey.
“For almost 20 years I have been teaching a course in creative problem solving that is designed to help students, especially pre-service and in-service teachers, develop the ability to look at problems from different perspectives,” Barger said. “This allows them to move beyond the traditional answers to real world problems and problems in the classroom, to new answers and approaches that are significantly different from the common practice in today’s classrooms.”
Each year, the UMKC Alumni Association recognizes the achievements of outstanding alumni with an awards celebration. In 2019, UMKC School of Education is honoring Deborah Siebern-Dennis (B.A. ’05) with their Alumni Achievement Award.
As a seventh-grade science teacher at Bode Middle School in St. Joseph, Missouri, Siebern-Dennis is known for her engaging lessons, understanding of students’ needs and passion for learning. She is currently one of 45 middle school science teachers from across the U.S. selected to participate in a two-year teaching and learning project funded by the National Science Foundation. The project will emphasize disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts. She sat down with us to share the scoop on teaching.
Stronger academic skills than co-educated peers cited along with confidence and community involvement.
Graduates of all-girls schools have a definitive edge over their coeducated peers in academic achievement, community involvement and self-confidence in the sciences, according to research led by a School of Education professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation has granted UMKC’s School of Education national accreditation at the initial-licensure level for meeting rigorous professional standards of excellence in teacher preparation, effective between 2018 and 2025.
In the accreditation action report, all five Council standards were met, with no areas for improvement or stipulations identified. This is the best accreditation decision possible. Continue reading “UMKC School of Education Earns Initial-Licensure Accreditation”
The UMKC School of Education has appointed Eric Camburn, Ph.D., as the Sherman Family Foundation Endowed Chair and Director of the Urban Education Research Center, holding the appointment of professor in the Division of Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations.
Camburn brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role. Prior to joining UMKC, he served as Deputy Director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He also served as chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
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A gift to improve lives
More than 100 people gathered for the annual University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education Scholar Donor Luncheon on Wednesday.
Attendees heard from three people representing donors, students and alumni as well as UMKC leadership. In his opening remarks, UMKC Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal expressed his gratitude to scholarship donors. Continue reading “Scholar Donor Luncheon A Success”
Congratulations to Laura Adams, who is a recipient of a Gysbers Foundation Scholarship for the 2018 Missouri School Counselor Association Fall (MSCA) Conference. The foundation will cover the registration for the MSCA Fall Conference, which is scheduled for November 4-6 and will be held at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. The foundation is named in honor of Dr. Norman C. Gysbers. Dr. Gysbers is a retired Curators Professor of Educational/School & Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri – Columbia and is a nationally and internationally known authority on comprehensive School Counseling program development.