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Frequently Asked Questions - PDP

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.

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. Does the administrator representative need to be designated by my school administrator?
  7. Can my PDP be changed by a school administrator?
  8. Can I still do my plan and have my goal approved on paper?
  9. Can I still submit my verification signatures on paper?
  10. How much will it cost to do the verification piece with a PDP service provider?
  11. My name has changed. Do I update my name with the PDP service provider before I apply for my license?
  12. How do I apply for my license?
  13. What is Educator Effectiveness (EE)?
  14. Do I need to do both a PDP and the EE system?

Answers

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

The Professional Development Plan (PDP) 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?

Under previous PI 34, DPI licenses required/allowed educators to renew using a verified Professional Development Plan (PDP).  There are currently no license types that allow renewal with PDP.  However, information about the PDP process is still available for historical and professional development purposes.

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

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.

7. 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.

8. 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. 

9. 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.

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

Contact service providers directly for cost information.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

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

Different DPI licenses have different renewal requirements. If you are unsure if your license requires a PDP, refer to the printed license certificate.  More information about EE can be found at:  https://dpi.wi.gov/ee