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Wisconsin Induction Guidelines

DPI is currently receiving a high volume of contacts for assistance.  The three most commonly asked questions and their answers are below:

Help with WAMS IDs

Before you can submit an application to DPI, you must register for a Web Access Management Systems (WAMS) user ID.

How to set up a WAMS account

Already have one or more WAMS accounts?

How to start your WAMS account recovery:

Perform a WAMS account recovery for all emails you have. Enter your email address but do NOT enter your User ID to start your WAMS account recovery. Once in the account recovery process you will be prompted to change your password. After you change your password you will be told in parentheses what your correct User ID is. Please make note of that before you terminate the account recovery session. Once you have recovered all WAMS accounts you have, login to ELO with each of your accounts individually. If you can see your licenses, you are logging in with the correct WAMS account. If you are taken through the Onboarding process again, you are not using the correct WAMS account and should try another account.

If you encounter errors in the WAMS account recovery process, please contact WAMS directly.  DPI is unable to help with WAMS recovery because the system is used by many state agencies and is run by the Department of Administration:

Revalidating Life or Lifetime License

Educators, whose Life or Lifetime license was invalidated in July, have until December 31 to revalidate their license. Upon approval of the $45 Request Background Check - Lifetime Licensee [5900] application, the Lifetime license will be revalidated just as if the educator completed the application before June 30. Educators will have until December 31 to complete this application for their license to be revalidated.

Background Checks

DPI is required by law to conduct a background check on each applicant for a Wisconsin educator license regardless of whether it is an initial request or a renewal request.

All educators are required to complete a background check to maintain or revalidate a life or lifetime license. There are directions for how to complete the $45 Request Background Check - Lifetime Licensee [5900].

To find the year in which your most recent background check was submitted, search License Lookup using your name or entity number and check see the “Last Background Check Submitted” field.

What does a school district in Wisconsin need to provide in terms of induction support for new 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
Rationale
  • New educators and their students benefit from a wide level of support.
  • Promoting collaboration and shared expertise builds instructional continuity and increases professional expertise.
Components
  • 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 new 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 educator). 
Partners Local school districts, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, WEAC, WFT, CESA’s, local teacher unions, professional organizations and educator preparation programs
Resources
  • Funding assistance through the state including the Peer Review and Mentoring Grant and Mentoring Grant for Initial Educators.  (see https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/programs/prmg)
  • CESAs, professional organizations, and educator preparation programs 
Outcomes
  • 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 new educators and mentors resulting from collegial relationships and professional growth.
  • Improved building continuity related to teacher learning and retention.