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Professional Standards Council

Introduction

In 1997, Wisconsin Act 298 was passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor, creating the statutory Professional Standards Council (PSC) to assist and advise the state superintendent in improving teacher preparation, licensure, and regulation. Wis. Stat. 15.377(8). Specific information regarding the framework of the Professional Standards Council can be found at Wis. Admin Code PI 34.108.

The council was established with the primary focus on classroom teaching. The purpose of the council, acting in an advisory capacity, is to ensure the quality of the profession of teaching by recommending to the state superintendent a set of standards regarding licensure and evaluation of teachers, evaluation and approval of teacher education programs, the status of teaching in Wisconsin, and school board practices to develop effective teaching and peer mentoring programs.

Any policy recommendations or proposals made by the council are advisory only to the State Superintendent. Statutory also require an annual report to the appropriate standing legislative committees.

Related Statutes and Administrative Codes Governing the Professional Standards Council

Primary Duties

 

  • Advise the State Superintendent on standards for the licensure of teachers, including initial licensure and maintenance and renewal of licenses, to ensure the effective teaching of a relevant curriculum in Wisconsin schools.
  • Propose to the State Superintendent standards for evaluating and approving teacher education programs, including continuing education programs.
  • Provide to the State Superintendent an ongoing assessment of the complexities of teaching and status of the teaching profession in this state.
  • Propose to the State Superintendent policies and practices for school boards and state and local teacher organizations to use in developing effective teaching.
  • Propose to the State Superintendent standards and procedures for revoking a teaching license.
  • Propose to the State Superintendent ways to recognize excellence in teaching, including the assessment administered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and master educator licensure, and to assist teachers to achieve excellence in teaching.
  • Propose to the State Superintendent effective peer assistance and peer mentoring models, including evaluation systems and alternative teacher dismissal procedures for consideration by school boards and labor organizations.
  • Review and make recommendations regarding rules proposed by the department that relate to teacher preparation, licensure, and regulation.
  • Propose to the State Superintendent alternative procedures for the preparation and licensure of teachers.
  • Report annually to the standing committees in each house of the legislature that deal with education matters on the activities and effectiveness of the council.
Membership Structure

Members of the PSC are appointed by the State Superintendent and considered agency officials of the Department of Public Instruction. Council members are recommended by education labor unions, professional organizations, and institutions of higher education. The council is comprised of members listed in statute under Wis. Stats.15.377(8).

Each council member serves a three-year term, except for the student member who serves a two-year term. Council members must fill out a Statement of Economic Interest.

For annual membership rosters, see annual reports listed below.

For each vacancy on the council, the group or entity authorized under statute to recommend members is required to submit the names of three qualified persons to the State Superintendent. All appointments must be confirmed by the state Senate.

Meeting Schedule and Structure

The Professional Standards Council is mandated to meet no less than two times per year.  Please see PSC Meeting Minutes and Agendas below for further details.

The primary role of the PSC is to advise the State Superintendent by making recommendations on a variety of issues relating to teaching in Wisconsin. These recommendations and proposals result from discussions that take place at the PSC meetings covering a variety of topics as posed by the State Superintendent or designee.  The State Superintendent's designees are traditionally the Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Academic Excellence or the Director of the Licensing, Educator Advancement and Development (LEAD) Team.  The LEAD Team director also staffs the PSC.

Contact Information
Jennifer Kammerud, Director
LEAD Team
jennifer.kammerud@dpi.wi.gov

PSC Meeting Minutes and Agendas
Year Meeting Dates Minutes/Agenda

2020-2021

November 11, 2020

Agenda

Minutes

 

February 5, 2021

Agenda

Minutes

 

May 14, 2021

Agenda

2019-2020

October 25, 2019

Agenda

Minutes

 

February 7, 2020

Agenda

Minutes

 

April 2020

Agenda

2018-2019

September 28, 2018 Minutes
  April 12, 2019 Minutes
2017-2018

October 9, 2017

Minutes

PowerPoint

  January 22, 2018 Minutes
  February 23 Minutes
  April 9, 2018 Minutes
2016-2017

September 30, 2016

October 10, 2016

November 15, 2016

January 23, 2017

February 24, 2017

April 3, 2017

 

May 2, 2017

June, 16, 2017

Minutes

Minutes

Minutes

Minutes

Minutes

Minutes

PowerPoint

Minutes

Minutes

2015-2016

October 5, 2015

November 10, 2015

January 25, 2016

April 11, 2016

June 14, 2016

Minutes

Minutes

Minutes

Minutes

Minutes

2014-2015

October 6, 2014

April 13, 2015

Minutes

Minutes

2013-2014

September 30, 2013

January 13, 2014

April 7, 2014

Minutes

Minutes

Minutes

2012-2013

October 22, 2012

January 14, 2013

Minutes

Minutes

2011-2012

October 10, 2011

January 9, 2012

April 23, 2012

Minutes

Minutes

Minutes

2010-2011

October 25, 2010

January 10, 2011

April 4, 2011

Minutes
Minutes
Minutes

2009-2010

October 19, 2009

January 11, 2010

April 12, 2010

July 19, 2010

Minutes
Minutes
Minutes
Minutes

2008-2009

April 20, 2009

January 12, 2009

October 27, 2008

Minutes
Minutes
Minutes

 

PSC Annual Reports

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