2018 Urban Education and Community Forum

The UMKC School of Education’s ninth annual Urban Education and Community Forum will feature Susanne Denham, Ph.D., as keynote speaker on the topic of “Children’s Emotional Competence as a Foundation for Success.”


Susanne Denham.
Photo by: Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

Denham is an applied developmental psychologist with particular expertise in the social and emotional development of children. In this forum, she will discuss how children’s self-regulation, social cognitions, emotional competence and positive social behaviors contribute to their early success in school. Denham also will examine how parent and teacher behavior affects children’s social-emotional learning, and how the educational system can best support those parents and teachers.


During the Forum, the School of Education also will honor Susan Wally, president and CEO of PREP-KC, as recipient of the 2018 Hugh J. Zimmer Award for Excellence in Urban Education.


This year’s Forum will be April 25 from 5-6:30 p.m. in Room 401 of the UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry Street, with doors opening at 4:30 p.m.  While free and open to the public, RSVPs are requested by April 16.