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Voices in Education

These sessions will offer insight and information for teachers as they prepare for the 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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At the Institute for Urban Education (IUE) at the UMKC School of Education, our mission is to prepare and support local teachers to make a profound difference in the lives of Kansas City’s urban students.

With the help of our partner schools, IUE students and graduates are supporting thousands of Kansas City children. Our programs serve communities that are often historically underserved, as well as racially, culturally and linguistically diverse.

But the real value of the IUE is in the experiences of our graduates. The teacher preparation program is proud to report:

  • A 100% job placement rate of IUE graduates in urban schools
  • 51% of IUE graduates are teachers of color, compared to only 18% of teachers nationwide and 5% of teachers in Missouri.
  • A nearly 90% five-year retention rate of graduates at their chosen schools, compared to 49% national rate  and 35% Missouri rate
  • A 100% five-year retention rate among graduates of color and those from urban communities

With a focus on culturally responsive teaching; relationships with students, family and the community; and innovation in teaching and learning, we are committed to creating rich and fulfilling educational experiences for Kansas City’s students and teachers, our school partners and the entire community.


Programs and Services

In addition to teacher preparation, additional IUE key elements include community involvement and support for schools. Specific programs include Grow Your Own initiatives, Career Changer opportunities for those shifting their profession to become teachers, and service to schools in support of beginning and practicing teachers.

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About IUE’s Teacher Preparation Programs

IUE teacher preparation is a cohort program specially designed to enhance preparation for teaching in Kansas City urban schools. Students admitted to the IUE receive scholarships, and are part of a cohort with experiences that include enhanced professional development, mentoring and increased experiences in partner schools in the Kansas City community.

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Apply to the IUE

The Institute for Urban Education (IUE) is a scholarship and supplemental preparation program that supports students seeking teacher certification (undergraduate OR Master of Arts in Teaching) at UMKC. IUE scholarships are available to incoming freshman, transfer students and students applying to the Master of Arts in Teaching program. In exchange for their IUE scholarship, students commit to teach in an IUE partner urban district for four years following graduation.

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The IUE has been a premiere teacher preparation program in Kansas City since 2005. The first set of graduates began teaching in 2009. Today, these educators continue to be leaders in Kansas City schools!

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We have a critical shortage of highly qualified teachers in our community. Join us to prepare exemplary teachers for tomorrow’s richly diverse schools. You may create an endowed or expendable scholarship, combine your gift with our other supporters to grow existing scholarships, or support the operational growth of this proven program. Gift planning, such as distributions from an IRA, annuity, life insurance policy or bequest are always welcome. Contact Shelly Doucet, Director of Philanthropy, at doucets@umkcfoundation.org or 816-235-6025 for more information, or click here to make an immediate gift.

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Media and News

NOW HIRING: IUE Field Instructor

The IUE is now looking for a field instructor for pipeline programs! Click HERE to apply!

Fall 2020 Webinar Series AVAILABLE TO STREAM NOW!

Click to watch our most recent IUE Webinar Series focused on anti-racism in the classroom! Secondary Math and Science Classrooms: An Anti-Racist Lens – Click HERE Talking About Race in the Elementary Classroom – Click HERE

IUE Voices in Education: Technology Tools for Classroom-Based and Remote Learning

IUE presents a webinar providing P-12 educators with technology tools for facilitating learning in the classroom as well as remote learning.

IUE Voices in Education: Techniques for Differentiation in Remote Learning

IUE presents a webinar providing P-12 educators with information for differentiating instruction in remote learning situations.

IUE Voices in Education: Promoting Student Voice & Agency in the Classroom

IUE presents a webinar providing P-12 educators with information how to empower student voice in the classroom.