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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.

Initial educators must select DPI-trained team members for goal approval and PDP verification. The team must include:

  • A peer in the same license category as the educator’s PDP  (A teacher peer must be in the same subject area or at the same grade/developmental level)
  • An administrator
  • An IHE representative

Professional educators select DPI-trained team members for PDP verification. The team will include 3 peers in the same license category as the educator’s PDP.

PDP Team Members

We have created a dynamic lookup for certified PDP Team members.  You can search by team role and narrow the results (e.g., by district, by subject/position).  Please note that when using the District filter, the results are based on the previous year's WISEstaff data collection (PI-1202 Fall Staff Report).  Click the button below to search.

PDP Team Member Lookup

Administrators on a PDP Team

School districts are required to “designate” a DPI-trained administrator to be available to serve as the administrator on the PDP team of an initial educator in that district. Initial educators may choose a DPI-trained administrator from outside their district. However, limitations may be imposed by the employing school district or a collective bargaining agreement.

Wis. Admin Code PI 34 does not specify whether or not the supervising administrator can serve as the administrator on the initial educator’s PDP team. However, it is important that the PDP process for license advancement and the district process for evaluating job performance be recognized as two separate processes.

Convening a PDP Team

There are varieties of ways to convene a PDP team:

  • Some districts assign PDP team members to their educators’ PDPs.
  • Educators may select and contact DPI-trained PDP team members from within their own districts.
  • Educators may select and contact DPI-trained PDP team members from anywhere in the state.
  • Educators who use an electronic PDP system can select DPI-trained PDP team members from within the electronic PDP system.

Interactions between an educator and the PDP team members can happen in person or through phone calls, emails, or an electronic PDP system.