Columbia Public Schools Teachers Reflect on Growing Poverty Rate

GK-12 mentor shares empathy for his students.  Muhammad Bilal, Fourth Grade Teacher at Benton Elementary, the Columbia Public School Districts new STEM magnet school reflects on challenges of living in poverty for students in his classroom.  Benton is a GK-12 partner school, where 91% of students live in poverty.  Bilal, mentor to GK-12 Fellow, Clayton Coffman, describes how empathy and high expectations help him motivate his students.

Read more in the Columbia Missourian.

2013 CPS Science Heros Deanna Lankford & Anna Waldron


Anna Waldron

Deanna Lankdford and Anna Waldron have provided many incredible science opportunities to our students. The largest opportunity of the year was the first ever CPS/MU Science Sleuth event. This event marked a huge event where over 1,000 flooded Jessie Hall and several other buildings at MU to have fun with over 30 wild science displays. Their help in secruing facilties, booths, and volunteers was essential to this high impact collaboration.


Deanna Lankford

In addition to this event, the MU Science Outreach office has organized events such as the Life Sciences Day for our high schoolers, the Science Olympiad State Tournament, Ask the Scientist Column, field trips for CPS students, Science Clubs in our schools, and professional development for our teachers.

Their enthusiasm and dedication has provided CPS students with many rich science experiences and we are very thankful for their committement to K-12 science education.

Read more: Division of Biological Sciences News