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Wisconsin Induction Guidelines

Updates on the Professional and Master Educator License conversion to Lifetime Licenses; the Background Check application

Important Notice

We continue to work with our vendor on the conversions from “Professional Educator” to “Lifetime Educator.” Please note that educators who hold a valid “Professional" or "Master" Educator License with NO statutory stipulations are already considered to have a “Lifetime License,” even though that status is not currently reflected on our website. At this time there is NO ACTION REQUIRED by educators. Once the conversion is completed we will inform license holders and other stakeholders of the update to our system.

Additionally, Act 59 requires DPI to run a background check every five years on every educator who holds a lifetime license. At this point in time, the Lifetime License background check process has not been finalized because we need to get the Lifetime licenses issued. Once the new process is in place, we will notify those educators who need to have a DPI background check this year and provide instructions.

What does a school district in Wisconsin need to provide in terms of induction support for Initial Educators in their district?   The Wisconsin Induction Guidelines shown below provide a framework for induction programs and induction support for school districts in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Induction Guidelines
  • Initial Educators and their students benefit from a wide level of support.
  • Promoting collaboration and shared expertise builds instructional continuity and increases professional expertise.
  • Ongoing orientation related to school/district policies, contract information, and other relevant information.
  • Support seminars provided by either the school district or in collaboration with other professional organizations which are professional growth opportunities reflecting the educator standards.
  • Qualified and trained mentor* for the Initial Educator providing support on a variety of levels (1-2 years recommended). District support to provide release time is a priority. (* holds a license and trained to provide input into the confidential formative assessment of the initial educator). 
  • Professional Development Plan support provided by administration and other district staff members (years 2-5).
Partners Local school districts, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, WEAC, WFT, CESA’s, local teacher unions, professional organizations and educator preparation programs
  • Funding assistance through the state including the Peer Review and Mentoring Grant and Mentoring Grant for Initial Educators.  (see
  • CESAs, professional organizations, and educator preparation programs 
  • Increased student learning (Research shows beginning teachers who receive high quality mentoring achieved student performance gains equivalent to those of fourth-year teachers who did not have access to comprehensive induction).
  • Decreased expenses related to staff turnover.  (Research shows that for every $1.00 spent on high quality induction, almost $2.00 is returned to the school district as a result of reduced turnover costs and increased teacher effectiveness over a period of five years).
  • Strengthened commitment to profession for Initial Educators and mentors resulting from collegial relationships and professional growth.
  • Improved building continuity related to teacher learning and retention.