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PDP Support and Promising Programs

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.

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

CESA 2

Kathy Larson

CESA 5

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