BEHIND THE SCENES: Covering the achievement gap in Columbia's schools

Monday, October 15, 2012 | 2:50 p.m. CDT; updated 2:44 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Missourian education reporter Elizabeth Scheltens brings to her work a perspective of life in the classroom. She taught first and fourth grades before coming to MU to get her masters in journalism.

In the video above, Scheltens reflects on a story she did on the achievement gap in Columbia Public Schools, which was published Sept. 26.

"I know as a former teacher that it's really hard to focus on making sure a child is able to read if they didn't have breakfast this morning, or if they were up until four in the morning because their neighborhood was loud, or if they have some really crazy family stuff going on and nobody at the school knows that they need to see a counselor or therapist," Scheltens said. 

In this behind-the-scenes video, we take a look at how Scheltens found this story and what it means to her personally. She also talks about how the community can help her with similar stories she is working on, as part of the Missourian's continuing coverage of the effects of poverty on public schools.

How would you like to see the Missourian continue to address issues related to children's success in Columbia Public Schools? Email reporter Elizabeth Scheltens at, or get in touch with Education Editor Elizabeth Brixey.

The video is a project from Jennessa Ewing of the Missourian's community outreach team. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.

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