The University of Iowa

The CLIMBERS Project

The overall purpose of the CLIMBERS study is to provide evidence of the effectiveness of a reading intervention, Breakthrough to Literacy (BTL), taken to scale in the Chicago Public Schools. The BTL model is driven by the four best predictors of reading achievement: oral language, oral comprehension, and vocabulary development; alphabet knowledge; phonological/phonemic awareness; and concepts of print. It incorporates professional development and in-classroom support for the teacher; classroom materials, manipulatives, and print materials for children; individualized software instruction; home connection materials; instructional print guides for teachers; and a powerful diagnostic and management software tool for the teacher.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
K-12 Education