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Frequently Asked Questions - PDP Team Members

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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. I know that the guidelines state that initial educators are to convene a PDP review team and submit their goal for approval between June 1 of their first year and January 1 of their second year. What should I do if I receive a request for goal approval after January 1?
  2. I was contacted by an initial educator to review his goal. I reviewed the PDP goal using the "PDP Goal Approval Component Review for Initial Educators" form and didn't approve the goal. I sent my component review form with comments to the initial educator and never heard from the initial educator again. What should I do? What are my responsibilities?
  3. I was approached by an initial educator to review her plan. She asked me what I charge. How do I respond? Are reviewers charging?
  4. I have been an adjunct instructor for an institution of higher education (IHE) for the past five years. I took the DPI PDP team training and would like to be an IHE representative on a review team as well as a teacher peer. Am I automatically considered an IHE reviewer? What must I do?
  5. I approved an initial educator's PDP goal and he sent me an empty/blank "PDP Goal Approval Signature Form" for me to sign. I noticed that he should sign it as well. Does he need to sign it first? What do you recommend that I do?
  6. An initial educator asked me to review her plan for goal approval. She sent me the plan as an email attachment. I reviewed the plan and approved it. What do I do with her plan? Do I keep it for future reference?
  7. Currently I hold several licenses. I am teaching full time but have a valid principal license. Is it permissible for me to serve on an initial educator's team as an administrator?

Answers

1. I know that the guidelines state that initial educators are to convene a PDP review team and submit their goal for approval between June 1 of their first year and January 1 of their second year. What should I do if I receive a request for goal approval after January 1?

You, as a reviewer, may choose to review the plan. It is at your discretion.

2. I was contacted by an initial educator to review his goal. I reviewed the PDP goal using the "PDP Goal Approval Component Review for Initial Educators" form and didn't approve the goal. I sent my component review form with comments to the initial educator and never heard from the initial educator again. What should I do? What are my responsibilities?

You have no further responsibilities if the initial educator has chosen not to contact you.

3. I was approached by an initial educator to review her plan. She asked me what I charge. How do I respond? Are reviewers charging?

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is neutral on this issue. Some reviewers charge and others receive stipends through negotiated contracts. Many do not charge, as they see this as part of their professional responsibilities. It is at your discretion.

4. I have been an adjunct instructor for an institution of higher education (IHE) for the past five years. I took the DPI PDP team training and would like to be an IHE representative on a review team as well as a teacher peer. Am I automatically considered an IHE reviewer? What must I do?

The institution of higher education must designate you as a representative for the institution. You may use the following template for designation letter template (to be filled out by the IHE): IHE PDP Designation.

5. I approved an initial educator's PDP goal and he sent me an empty/blank "PDP Goal Approval Signature Form" for me to sign. I noticed that he should sign it as well. Does he need to sign it first? What do you recommend that I do?

The current PDP Goal Approval Form (PI PDP-3) instructs the educator to complete Part I of the form, sign the form, and then distribute it to team members for their signature. Therefore, you should request a signed form from the initial educator before adding your signature.

6. An initial educator asked me to review her plan for goal approval. She sent me the plan as an email attachment. I reviewed the plan and approved it. What do I do with her plan? Do I keep it for future reference?

The PDP is the property of the educator. There is no need to retain the initial educator's PDP. However, you may want to keep a copy of your checklist and name of the initial educator for your records.

7. Currently I hold several licenses. I am teaching full time but have a valid principal license. Is it permissible for me to serve on an initial educator's team as an administrator?

Technically, yes - you can serve as an administrator on an initial educator's team. Best practice, however, would indicate that the administrator serving on the team should have administrative experience.