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Writing a PDP

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.

There are 6 main steps in writing and completing a PDP:

  1. Reflection.
  2. Writing the plan.
  3. Goal approval by PDP Team.
  4. Documentation of at least one review of the plan.
  5. Documentation of the completed plan.
  6. Verification by PDP Team.

The following components are included in a PDP:

  1. Description of school and teaching, administrative, or pupil services situation.
  2. Description of goal to be addressed.
  3. Rationale for the goal.
  4. Plan for assessing and documenting the goal.
  5. Plan to meet the goal: objectives, activities, timeline, and collaboration.
  6. 3-5 pieces of evidence that document professional growth and its impact on student learning.

The PDP must focus on the development in 2 or more of the Wisconsin Educator Standards.

Successful completion of a PDP entails significant planning and a demanding schedule for the completion of activities and the generation of substantive evidence that would lead to the verification of the plan.

Goal Approval

For first-time PDP completers, the goal must be reviewed by PDP Team of 3 members, and approved by at least a majority (2 out of 3) of the PDP team. Note: If the goal approval is done on paper form, make sure to keep the completed goal approval form and submit it along with the PDP to team members for PDP verification.

Please refer to PDP Team section for the team composition or make-up. The PDP team composition (i.e. the team members’ roles) will be the same as the PDP team that verifies the plan upon completion.

PDP Verification

All educators must have his/her PDPs verified by a PDP team of 3 members, where a majority (2 out of 3) must verify to mark the successful completion of the PDP.

In the event that an educator did not obtain a majority verification of his/her PDP (where the PDP is not verified by 2 of the 3 PDP team members), the educator should first explore whether there are changes that could be made in the PDP that would lead to a majority verification. If this process is unsuccessful, upon expiration of their license, the educator may be able to request a one-year non-renewable extension to allow them more time to successfully complete their PDP or appeal the PDP team member’s decision to the state superintendent.

For more information on writing the PDP, please refer to the following:

Related forms:

PDP Timeline

It is strongly encouraged that educators extend their activities throughout the five year licensure cycle.  Please refer to the following documents for guidelines of activities each year based on a different timeline: