School of Education News


IUE Presents: Voices in Education

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.

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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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IUE Statement on COVID

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.

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We Stand Together: Statement from IUE Director, on behalf of the IUE

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.

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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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