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PDP Support and Promising Programs

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.

The requirement of a Professional Development Plan (PDP) for license renewal is a commitment to the principle of career-long, contextually specific professional development for educators that is connected directly to the Wisconsin Educator Standards. The process of creating and implementing a verifiable PDP for license renewal and professional development is complex and demanding. For this process to be implemented in a manner that will result in professional growth and improved student learning requires significant support of the educator by local school districts, professional organizations and the DPI.

Essential support for educators implementing a PDP consists of but is not limited to: support seminars, trained staff to serve on PDP review teams, mentors trained in the PDP process, guided work time for PDP development, assistance with PDP review team development and where possible, release time for PDP work. There are many school districts and professional organizations that are working to provide this very important support for the participating educators. Many serve as models and resources in the type of support that is necessary for educators to implement PDPs that truly result in professional growth and improved student learning.

The following sample of school districts and professional organizations are doing exemplary work in providing PDP support:

Information on PDP Promising Programs and Contacts

AWSA – Association of Wisconsin School Administrators

Kelly Meyers

Baraboo School District

Teresa Lien


Kathy Larson


Tammy Sjoberg

CESA 6 Consortium

Nancy Jaeger

East Troy, Whitewater, Delavan-Darien School District Consortium

Dianne Aschmann, Mary Whitrock, Tracy Deavers

License Renewal Support Center – UW Whitewater

Marie Benson

School District of Menomonee Falls

Lynn Zindi

Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District

Nancy Wyngaard, George Mavroulis

School District of Milton

Randy Bartels

Oak Creek-Franklin School District

Paul Vance

Oconto Falls, Oconto, Lena and Peshtigo School District Consortium

Candie Lehto

Rice Lake School District

Belinda Cernick, Linda Dufner

Verona Area School District

Ann Princl

WEA Academy

Tami McGrattan