School of Education News


A Life-Long Love of Teaching

Senior Hayley Benton wants to help people learn. “Get to know our people and you’ll know what UMKC is all about”. Hayley has wanted to be a teacher since she was in first grade, and a degree in education has been a long-time goal.”


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Alumna Helps People Heal from the Inside Out

As an undergraduate at UMKC, Lauren Thompson (B.F.A. ’09, B.A. ’09, M.A. ’12) would dance for six hours a day, then go to her psychology classes. Along the way, she also decided to get a minor in gender and women’s studies. A year after graduation, she was back at UMKC, pursuing her master’s in counseling and guidance, with a focus on mental health. She later opened her Pilates studio, Thrive Pilates in Kansas City’s Westside, which incorporates this wide range of training and experiences. She wanted to meet the multifaceted needs of women from both physical and mental health perspectives, and her diverse background gave her the skills she needed to do it.


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Engaged Students are Better Students

Eric Camburn, Ph.D., Professor and Sherman Family Foundation Endowed Chair and director of the Urban Education Research Center, has spent months studying teachers and their work. His recent research has focused on understanding teachers’ practices in ways that increase student engagement while supporting teachers’ work lives and well-being. These projects were featured in the UMKC Office of Research and Development’s Explore magazine.

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Alumnus’ Determination to Bring Music to Kansas City’s Youth

Darryl Chamberlain has helped more than 200 students learn to play instruments

At 10 years old, Darryl Chamberlain (B.A. ’15, ’16) walked to school composing music in his head. Despite having no formal training and no instruments in his home, the music still came to him at an early age. Now, more than 40 years later, Chamberlain is actually composing some of those melodies for the Kansas City children in his A-Flat Youth Orchestra

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Associate Professor Michael Wei Receives Top Honors for Book Publication

book coverIGI Global, a leading international academic publisher, called Applied Linguistics for Teachers of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners “an essential scholarly publication that seeks to contribute to TESOL (teaching English to students of other languages) and language teacher education programs.” The book, co-written by Michael Wei, associate professor and TESOL program director in the Division of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies at the UMKC School of Education, covers every aspect of applied linguistics for ESOL teachers: morphology, syntax, semantics, phonetics and sociolinguistics — to name a few.

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