Institute for Urban Education

2009 IUE graduates


Janita Butler was named one of Missouri’s Outstanding Beginning Teachers by the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE). 4/27/11.

Janita is a first-grade teacher at Dobbs Elementary School. Janita began at the Hickman Mills C-1 School District following graduation from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She was one of eight to graduate as the first class of the university’s groundbreaking Institute for Urban Education. The IUE program prepares teachers for success in urban classrooms by introducing issues of social justice and multicultural learning styles. IUE students receive scholarships and, in return, commit to teach in a Kansas City area urban district following graduate.

The IUE is proud of Janita Butler’s accomplishments in the classroom and wish her and other IUE graduates the best as they strive to make a positive impact in the urban core.


IUE contract signing

2009 IUE Graduates
Contracts have been signed and the students are ready to teach.
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Students working on laptops provided by Cerner Corporation

Cerner Corporation partners with IUE for teacher preparation
UMKC’s Institute for Urban Education (IUE) will receive 30 laptop computers from the Kansas City-based Cerner Corporation.
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UNews three part series on the IUE
Part one: The Institute for Urban Education>>

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IUE highlighted in “Stand for the Best” by Thomas M. Bloch

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Graduate in cap and gown

Power of high expectations
UMKC Institute for Urban Education commits to improving schools in the core. Full story>>


Two smiling IUE students

Lotan affirms program to recruit inner city kids to teach
IUE officials hope they are on to something different by recruiting most of their students from inner city schools.
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IUE and elementary school students on the playground

Institute for Urban Education: in a class of its own
When you start with dedicated teachers, add cultural sensitivity and high expectations of students, then take away biased assumptions, what you get is success for urban children. Full story>>


IUE featured in Sprint Nextel Annual Report
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