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Circle of Educator Events

The Circle of Educators hosts numerous social and professional development events throughout the year. Most programs are held on the UMSL South Campus in the ED Collabitat unless otherwise noted. Invite your colleagues and join your fellow alumni for an evening of fellowship, professional development, connections, and a celebration of our College of Education.

SAVE THE DATE! Our next event, Virtual Conversations in Education Series, will be held on February 20, 2024. Stay tuned for more details!


Past events include:

November 14, 2018 – Inaugural Conversations in Education Series featuring Dr. Emily Brown and Dr. Mary Edwin, assistant professors of Counseling - "Learn, Recognize, Respond: Trauma Strategies for Educators"

May 21, 2019 – Celebrating Alumni Educators Transforming Lives with distinguished alumni speakers Shelly Parks, Dr. JaNae' Alfred, Dr. Inda Schaenen, and Dr. Tamara Wells

June 11, 2019 – SpeakEasy Urban Education held in collaboration with KM Educational Design, CCB Consulting and Dr. Patricia Parker

August 1, 2019 – Social Justice Alumni Reception with friends of Dr. Matthew Davis

August 15, 2019 – Doctoral Welcome Reception at the Moonrise Hotel 

November 18, 2019 - Conversations in Education Series featuring Dr. Ruth Schumacher-Martinez, assistant professor of School Psychology with special guest Rachel Pope, Ed.S. '19 - "Educator Self-Care Strategies: Staying Strong for Generations of Kids"

September 2020 - September Start-up Series: Building an Online Classroom Community featuring College of Education faculty members to help support K-12 educators with designing an engaging and inclusive online classroom community

August 21, 2021 - Dr. Matthew D. Davis Social Justice Research Symposium featuring alumni from the UMSL Social Justice Ed.D cohort Class of 2021

October 2, 2021 - Dr. Patricia Boyer Memorial Tree Dedication Ceremony

February 8, 2022 - Conversations in Education Series featuring Dr. Thomas Hoerr, scholar in residence at UMSL College of Education - "Every Educator is a Chief Empathy Officer"

May 17, 2022 - Golden Science Night honoring Dr. Charles Granger's 50 years of science education at UMSL

August 16, 2022 - Doctoral Student Reception at the Moonrise Hotel 

January 19, 2023 - Transforming the Inclusive Higher Education Experience event in partnership with UMSL SUCCEED 

May 17, 2023 - Year-End Celebration featuring Darrion Cockrell, UMSL BSEd '13 and 2021 Missouri Teacher of the Year - "Be the Change You Want to See in the Classroom"

August 16, 2023 - Celebrating 45 Years of Educational Leaders honoring 45 Years of College of Education Doctoral Programs, 45 Years of Gateway Writing Project, and 25 Years of the Leadership Academy in Character Education (LACE)

October 25, 2023 – Conversations in Education Series featuring Dr. Keith Miller, UMSL College of Education Orthwein Endowed Professor for Life-Long Learning in the Sciences, and Dr. Badri Adhikari, UMSL Associate Professor of Computer Science – “An Intelligent Take on Artificial Intelligence”