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CATIE: A Blended Approach to Situated Professional Development

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Journal of Educational Computing Research Volume 32, Number 4, ISSN 0735-6331


The Capital Area Technology and Inquiry in Education program (CATIE) is a content-focused, inquiry-based professional development program developed by the Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education (CIPCE) to assist K-6 teachers in the technology integration process. To address concerns of sustain-ability and cost-effectiveness, this situated model combined online and face-to-face professional development approaches to encourage thought-provoking experiences that inspire new pedagogies. CATIE united efforts with the Online Learning Forum (OLF) to offer blended mentoring experiences situated in and around the classroom context with a special focus on mathematics instruction. CATIE, formerly a high-resource model, transitioned into a multi-dimensional experience in an effort to sustain technology-rich learning communities and provide quality professional development resources for classroom instruction. This article explores the dimensions of CATIE, the transition to a blended model, and the contributions of this situated model to technology integration professional development.


Holmes, A., Polhemus, L. & Jennings, S. (2005). CATIE: A Blended Approach to Situated Professional Development. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 32(4), 381-394. Retrieved April 5, 2020 from .

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