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UNI Program Equips Students with Skills to Tackle Literacy Issues

When Rachel Barkema moved to Des Moines to start her student teaching position, all the material from one University of Northern Iowa class came with her.

Every book. Every binder. Every notebook. Every scrap of paper with any information from her Advanced Literary Practices class traveled with the UNI senior from Cedar Falls to Delaware Elementary in the Southeast Polk Community School District.

Those materials made that journey with Barkema, because she said the Advanced Literary Practices class, commonly called ALP by students, was the most impactful experience she had at UNI.

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