School of Education News


Alumna Educator Selected for NSF Grant Study

School of Education selects Deborah Siebern-Dennis to receive Alumni Award

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.

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Education Research Shows Girls’ School Graduates Have Clear Edge

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.

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UMKC School of Education Earns Initial-Licensure Accreditation

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”

Camburn appointed as Endowed Chair

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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Scholar Donor Luncheon A Success

Education Scholar Donor Luncheon
Susana Elizarraraz, class of 2015, spoke on behalf of alumni. Photo by Brandon Parigo, Strategic Marketing and Communications

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”

Adams Receives Foundation Scholarship

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.