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Frequently Asked Questions - PDP

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Important Notice

As required in the 2017-18 state budget, conversion of current Professional and Master Educator licenses to Lifetime licenses is complete.  If you wish to print a copy of your Lifetime license, please follow the four numbered steps below:

  1. Access your ELO Account
  2. Navigate to the “Manage Your Existing Licenses” section of the Quick Start Menu
  3. Choose “Print license certificate” from the drop down menu and click “Go!”
  4. Based on your browser’s default behavior, a file will be available for you to open or download.
 

Questions

  1. What is a Professional Development Plan (PDP)?
  2. Who is required to do a PDP?
  3. What is the process for doing a PDP?
  4. What is the timeline for a PDP?
  5. Who are PDP team members?
  6. I am an Initial Educator. Who is on my PDP team?
  7. I am a Professional Educator. Who is on my PDP team?
  8. Does the administrator representative need to be designated by my school administrator?
  9. Can my PDP be changed by a school administrator?
  10. I am an initial educator.  Do all three team members need to approve and verify my plan?
  11. Can I still do my plan and have my goal approved on paper?
  12. Can I still submit my verification signatures on paper?
  13. How much will it cost to do the verification piece with a PDP service provider?
  14. My name has changed. Do I update my name with the PDP service provider before I apply for my license?
  15. How do I apply for my license?
  16. What is Educator Effectiveness (EE)?
  17. Do I need to do both a PDP and the EE system?
  18. I’m an initial educator and had one year of experience my first license cycle and applied for a five year re-issuance of my initial license.  I am at the end of my second license cycle and completed only two years of experience in this cycle.  Am I still eligible for a five year re-issuance of my initial license?
  19. I’m an initial educator and completed one year of experience in my first license cycle and applied for a five year re-issuance of my initial license.  I have now completed two more years of experience in my next license cycle.  If I complete a PDP, do I qualify to advance my initial license to the professional level counting my three total years of experience?
  20. I am an initial educator.  I am teaching outside of the United States.  Can I count this experience towards completing a PDP? 
  21. I hold a Professional Teacher License and completed my educator preparation program before August 30, 2004.  I’m renewing my Professional Educator Teacher License that expires this year with six credits and I want to apply at the same time for a re-issuance of my Initial Educator Administrator License that expires next year.  Can I apply for both this year for one fee?
  22. I hold a professional teacher license and completed my educator preparation program before August 30, 2004, and have the option to do a PDP or credits. I have just advanced my Initial Administrator License to the professional level and I am now going back to teach in the classroom.  Do I do a PDP or six credits to renew my licenses and what happens to my administrator license?
  23. Can I choose to do a PDP for one five year license cycle and choose to do six credits for the next license cycle?
  24. I hold a professional license and have been out of the profession for ALL five years of my license cycle.  How do I renew my license?
  25. I hold a professional license and will only be teaching one to two years in my license cycle.  How do I renew my license?  
  26. I have completed my renewal requirements in five years. I have stipulations, but did not successfully remove the identified stipulations.  Can I still renew my license?

Answers

1. What is a Professional Development Plan (PDP)?

The Professional Development Plan is a job-embedded, sustained professional development endeavor that, upon successful completion, will lead to verifiable professional growth and demonstrate the impact of the professional growth on student learning.

2. Who is required to do a PDP?

Educators who completed an educator preparation program after August 31, 2004, must complete a Professional Development Plan.  Educators who completed an educator preparation program before August 31, 2004, were grandfathered in, and have the option to do credits or a Professional Development Plan.

3.What is the process for doing a PDP?

A PDP has four main steps in the process (Reflection, Writing the Plan, Annual Review of the Plan, and Documentation of the Completed Plan).  An initial educator must have his/her goal approved by a DPI trained team member in year two of the plan.  For more information on writing your plan go to our website at https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/pdp/writing.

4. What is the timeline for a PDP?

It is recommended you do a three, four or five year plan.  You set the timeline that works best for your situation.

5. Who are PDP team members?

These are educators who have gone through a DPI training and then become eligible to review your plan in the second year for goal approval and verify your plan at the completion of your set timeline.

6. I am an Initial Educator. Who is on my PDP team?

The initial educator’s team shall include a peer (a teacher if renewing a license as a teacher, an administrator if renewing a license as an administrator, or a pupil services personnel if renewing a license in pupil services); an administrator, and an IHE representative (one who is designated by an Institution of Higher Education).

7. I am a Professional Educator. Who is on my PDP team?

The professional educator’s team shall include three peers (three teachers if renewing a license as a teacher, three administrators if renewing a license as an administrator, or three pupil services personnel if renewing a license in pupil services).

8. Does the administrator representative need to be designated by my school administrator?

PI 34.17(3)(a) indicates that the administrator on Initial Educator Teams is an “administrator designated by the district administrator and subject to approval by the school board.”  While most school districts designated all administrators who had successfully completed the DPI Team Member Training, some have contractual or handbook language that limits the educator to a specific administrator or pool of administrators. It is advisable that educators check with their districts, PI 34 coordinator, or district administrator to determine any limitations that may be in place regarding the administrator who may serve on their team. Many school districts do not designate that an educator must use a district-provided administrator.  In these cases, educators may invite any trained administrator on DPI's list of approved administrators.

9. Can my PDP be changed by a school administrator?

No, the professional development plan cannot be changed by an administrator.   However, your school may have a plan in place regarding an educator’s PDP.

10. I am an initial educator.  Do all three team members need to approve and verify my plan?

You need all three team members to complete a review of your plan, but only two out of the three need to approve your goal/plan and then verify your completed plan.

11. Can I still do my plan and have my goal approved on paper?

Yes, you can still do your plan and have your goal approved on paper. 

12. Can I still submit my verification signatures on paper?

No, you will need to register with a PDP service provider to have your plan verified by three team members.  You can find their website information at https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/pdp.

13. How much will it cost to do the verification piece with a PDP service provider?

It will cost you nothing to have your completed plan verified with a service provider.  Contact service providers directly for additional offers.

14. My name has changed. Do I update my name with the PDP service provider before I apply for my license?

No. When you submit your PDP to DPI, your name with the PDP service provider (QEI or WECAN), should be the same as your name in your DPI file/record. When you apply for your license, you can make your name change with DPI at that time, and then update your name with the PDP service provider.

15. How do I apply for my license?

You will need to apply with the new Educator Licensing Online (ELO) system. For detailed information on how to apply, go to:  https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo.

16. What is Educator Effectiveness (EE)?

The Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness System (EE) is a comprehensive, performance-based evaluation system for teachers and principals using multiple measures across two main areas:   professional practice and student outcomes.  For more information on EE go to https://dpi.wi.gov/ee.

17. Do I need to do both a PDP and the EE system?

Different DPI licenses have different renewal requirements. Teachers, administrators, and pupil service professionals who completed an educator preparation program before September 1, 2004, may continue to renew their licenses under the old PI 3 rules.  Under PI 3 rules educators may renew with six credits, a Professional Development Plan (PDP), or an Educator Effectiveness Plan (EEP) (EEP renewal is available after 01/01/2018).  Follow this link for information about PI 3 renewal: https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/licensing/renewal/pi3.

Teachers, administrators, and pupil service professionals who completed an educator preparation program on or after September 1, 2004, renew under the PI 34 rules.  Under PI 34 rules educators may renew with a Professional Development Plan (PDP) or an Educator Effectiveness Plan (EEP) (EEP renewal is available after 01/01/2018). More information about PDP renewal can be found at https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/pdp.  More information about EEP renewal can be found at:  https://dpi.wi.gov/ee

The chart below is a visual representation of the PI 3 and PI 34 renewal options described above:

PI 3 and PI 34 renewal options
Initial license before 9/1/2004 Initial license after 9/1/2004

 

18. I’m an initial educator and had one year of experience my first license cycle and applied for a five year re-issuance of my initial license.  I am at the end of my second license cycle and completed only two years of experience in this cycle.  Am I still eligible for a five year re-issuance of my initial license?

Yes.

19. I’m an initial educator and completed one year of experience in my first license cycle and applied for a five year re-issuance of my initial license.  I have now completed two more years of experience in my next license cycle.  If I complete a PDP, do I qualify to advance my initial license to the professional level counting my three total years of experience?

Yes.

20. I am an initial educator.  I am teaching outside of the United States.  Can I count this experience towards completing a PDP? 

Yes, experience at schools outside the United States does count as “regular employment.”  

21. I hold a Professional Teacher License and completed my educator preparation program before August 30, 2004.  I’m renewing my Professional Educator Teacher License that expires this year with six credits and I want to apply at the same time for a re-issuance of my Initial Educator Administrator License that expires next year.  Can I apply for both this year for one fee?

No.  You must wait until the year your Initial Administrator License expires before applying for a re-issuance.

22. I hold a professional teacher license and completed my educator preparation program before August 30, 2004, and have the option to do a PDP or credits. I have just advanced my Initial Administrator License to the professional level and I am now going back to teach in the classroom.  Do I do a PDP or six credits to renew my licenses and what happens to my administrator license?

If you are in a teaching position and choose to do six credits, the credits will only renew your teacher license.  If you choose to do a PDP while in a teaching position, your Professional Administrator License will renew at the same time.  The only option for renewing your Professional Administrator License is completing a PDP. Once you advance your administrator license, it will always stay at the professional level whether you are in an administrator role or not.

23. Can I choose to do a PDP for one five year license cycle and choose to do six credits for the next license cycle?

Educator’s who completed an educator preparation program prior to August 30, 2004, have the option of doing six credits to renew their license during one license cycle, and then switching to completing a PDP for the next five-year license cycle. 

24. I hold a professional license and have been out of the profession for ALL five years of my license cycle.  How do I renew my license?

You can do six credits to renew your license.  When/if you go back to the profession, you will begin doing another PDP.

25. I hold a professional license and will only be teaching one to two years in my license cycle.  How do I renew my license?  

You will need to complete a PDP with a shortened timeline.  If you cannot complete the PDP by the time your license will expire, you have the option to apply for a one-year (non-renewable) license to complete your PDP. 

26. I have completed my renewal requirements in five years. I have stipulations, but did not successfully remove the identified stipulations.  Can I still renew my license?

No.  You will need to take care of all your stipulations before you can renew your license.  You have the option to apply for a one year extension to complete your stipulations.