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Frequently Asked Questions - PDP Team Members

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. I know that the guidelines state that 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 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 educator and never heard from the educator again. What should I do? What are my responsibilities?
  3. I was approached by an 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 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 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?

Answers

1. I know that the guidelines state that 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 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 educator and never heard from the educator again. What should I do? What are my responsibilities?

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

3. I was approached by an 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 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 educator before adding your signature.

6. An 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 educator's PDP. However, you may want to keep a copy of your checklist and name of the educator for your records.