Donna Davis, Ph.D., a professor in the UMKC School of Education, Kansas City filmmaker team up to show experiences and emotions of students, teachers, families. How are the students, teachers and parents of the “Class of COVID-19” reacting to their new reality?
Keichanda Dees-Burnett grew up at UMKC. From an active undergraduate majoring in communications studies, to a graduate student in higher education administration, to the director of Multicultural Student Affairs and co-interim dean of students, the Kansas City native is a key source of support for minority students on campus.
Two School of Education faculty members – professor Loyce Caruthers, Ph.D. and professor emeritus Dianne Smith, Ph.D. – are among the trio of editors who compiled this award-winning literature.
Roberto Diaz advocates for underserved and underrepresented children. — “Having an undergraduate degree in political science helps me understand the more systemic issues in education like funding, teacher retention, lack of resources, achievement gap, etc.”
UMKC School of Education’s Institute for Urban Education (IUE) offers guidance on creating culturally inclusive classroom environments for all students. Read the suggestions for creating culturally inclusive classroom environments.
A St. Louis native, Daishanae served as a lead organizer for a protest in St. Louis. Read the story about how she is already advocating for her future students.
As part of our commitment to education across Kansas City and in response to the binary pandemics we find ourselves experiencing, this summer the IUE will sponsor a 4-part webinar series. These “Voices in Education” sessions will offer insight and information for teachers as they prepare for the new school year. The webinars will offer tools, strategies and resources as well as highlight best practices from Kansas City area teachers.
More about IUE Summer Webinars (PDF)
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.”
As we confront an uncertain time, our focus in the IUE remains centered on equality and social justice. This crisis is exacerbating deeply rooted social inequalities. We are encouraged to see local schools thinking creatively about providing meals for families who rely on schools for sources of nutrition—we must continue to ensure that families who are food insecure continue to get what they need. As well, the movement to online learning is highlighting the digital divide in our metro area and around the country.
Continue reading “IUE Statement on COVID”
My heart aches as I try to write a message of support and care to our community as we experience a culmination of centuries of injustice and the darkest hour in modern times. While I know that the pain cannot be lessened by words, we want you to know that we, in the IUE, stand in solidarity with each of you, with communities of color and all who have been (and continue to be) marginalized and oppressed. In this hour in particular, we stand with our Black community on whom the trauma of the recent events has largely fallen. We affirm our commitment to preparing and supporting teachers for America’s richly diverse communities and we recognize the importance of our role as educators in tearing down systemic barriers that have long resulted in educational inequities.
Continue reading “We Stand Together: Statement from IUE Director, on behalf of the IUE”