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Friday, March 24, 2017

Out-of-State Pathway Decision Tree

Since there are many pathways to licensure in Wisconsin for educators who have completed a preparation program in another state, we have created a decision-making tree to help candidates identify the options for which they qualify.  To use this tool, go to https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/pathways/decision-tree.  If you still have questions, please contact us at http://dpi.wi.gov/support/contact-educator-licensing.

Friday, January 27, 2017

ELO Problems Today 1/27/2017

Our ELO vendor did a planned server upgrade last night, and there were unexpected results this morning.  Educators could not complete their applications, and preparation programs could not upload ECL data.

We had to take the system down around lunch so that the vendor could make fixes and restart servers.  We believe that the system is now working properly and hope this was not a great inconvenience.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

New Library Media Specialist Program Content Guidelines Approved

State Superintendent Evers has approved new program content guidelines for the Library Media Specialist (1902) license.  They can be found at http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/tepdl/pdf/WI-Library-Media-Specialist-CG-Nov-2016.pdf.  Content guidelines identify for educator preparation programs the knowledge and skills that a completer of an approved program must have for license endorsement.

Dr. Evers also made the following policy decisions:
  • Remove the requirement for a Master’s degree from the PI 34.33 (5m) Library Media Specialist (1902) license and any references to a two-step license for the (1902) license
  • Move the Library Media Specialist license to the Early Childhood-Adolescence (EC-A) teaching category as a stand-alone teacher license with no previous teaching license required.  An applicant would need to complete an approved LMS licensure program but would not need any other teaching license.  Existing teachers could add this on.
  • Move the Library Media Supervisor license to the status of “Obsolete” and create a new PI 34 section on Obsolete licensure, following the previous practice delineated in PI 3.
  • Move the Instructional Technology Coordinator (5092) license to the status of “Obsolete,” adding it to the new PI 34 section on Obsolete licensure described above.
    • Work with districts and programs on identifying digital leadership competencies that  can be incorporated in the existing administrator content guidelines and make revisions based on the new national standards
    • Provide technical support to administrator preparation programs and districts to integrate digital leadership competencies into programs and into differentiated technology staff leadership roles
  • Immediately develop a scope statement for permanent rule change to implement the above decisions.  
  • Develop a transition plan with the field based on programs being ready to prepare in the new content guideline as early as Fall 2017.
The DPI will be working with educator preparation programs to develop transition and implementation plans.

Friday, October 7, 2016

TEPDL Assistant Director position posted

The DPI is currently seeking applicants for an Assistant Director position for the Teacher Education/Professional Development/Licensing team within the Division of Academic Excellence. This position is located at 125 South Webster Street in Madison, WI.

Job Duties:   
This position assists, in cooperation with other agency directors, in the development and implementation of program policy and budget affecting educator preparation, licensing, and educator development in the state. This position is responsible for planning, developing, coordinating and directing responsibilities related to the program approval process for Wisconsin educator preparation programs; providing leadership with the implementation of educator performance assessments within the program approval process; providing leadership in managing the license application and renewal processes; providing leadership with development and implementation of emerging educator preparation licensure pathways; and managing the supervision, coordination, and direction of the work of TEPDL staff. Other responsibilities include interpreting state and federal legislation affecting educator preparation and licensing; collaborating on policies, procedures and processes for licensing and the online license application system; and maintaining effective working relationships with stakeholders in order to coordinate the necessary state and federal program compliance and monitoring responsibilities.

A minimally qualified applicant must have experience with:

·         Directing, coordinating and/or prioritizing work activities

·         Interpreting state and/or federal laws/regulations

·         Educator preparation programs and/or professional development and licensing

·         Utilizing team building techniques

·         Planning, coordinating and/or managing programs

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Hearing on Emergency Rule

A hearing is being held today from 2:30-4pm on the Emergency Rule to help with school staffing that became effective August 23, 2016.  The rule provides for the following:

  • Wisconsin educators who are near retirement or have already retired may apply for one (five-year) license without having to meet professional development requirements (i.e., 6 credits or a PDP).  This license is not renewable.
  • The number of consecutive days a short-term substitute can be in the same assignment has been increased from 20 to 45 days.  This should allow schools enough time to either find a properly licensed educator for the position or apply for an emergency license or permit for an educator who does not hold a license acceptable for the assignment.
  • The renewal requirements for emergency licenses have been expanded to include attempting to pass required tests for licensure for educators who have met all other requirements.
  • The pathway for teachers to add additional licenses based on content tests has been expanded to allow:
    • Teachers who hold an Early Adolescence-Adolescence (grades 5-12) regular education license can add another regular education license at the same developmental/grade level by passing a content test.
    • Teachers who hold a Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (grades 1-8) regular education license and have at least four semesters of teaching experience in grades 1 or 2 can add a regular education license at the Early Childhood level (birth to grade 3) by passing the Praxis II Elementary Education Content Knowledge test and the Foundations of Reading Test.
    • Teachers who hold a Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (grades 1-8) regular education license and have at least four semesters of teaching experience in English/language arts or math in grades 7 or 8 can add a license in that subject at the Early Adolescence-Adolescence level by passing a content test.

Written comments can still be made by using the contact information below. Written comments on the proposed rules received no later than October 17, 2016, will be given the same consideration as testimony presented at the hearing. The proposed administrative rule is available to review at http://dpi.wi.gov/policy-budget/administrative-rules or http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/comment.

Agency Contact Person
Carl Bryan, Administrative Rules Coordinator, adminrules@dpi.wi.gov, Department of Public Instruction, 125 South Webster Street, P.O. Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707-7841.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Emergency Rule to Help with School Staffing

State Superintendent Evers has approved an emergency rule with changes to PI 34 to assist districts with some school staffing issues.  The rule is part of a larger effort engaging stakeholders from around Wisconsin to identify and propose solutions that help school districts address critical staff shortages. The work is being guided by the Professional Standards Council (PSC), the statutorily constructed group tasked with assisting and advising the state superintendent in improving teacher preparation, licensure, and regulation.

The rule provides for the following:
  • Wisconsin educators who are near retirement or have already retired may apply for one (five-year) license without having to meet professional development requirements (i.e., 6 credits or a PDP).  This license is not renewable.
  • The number of consecutive days a short-term substitute can be in the same assignment has been increased from 20 to 45 days.  This should allow schools enough time to either find a properly licensed educator for the position or apply for an emergency license or permit for an educator who does not hold a license acceptable for the assignment.
  • The renewal requirements for emergency licenses have been expanded to include attempting to pass required tests for licensure for educators who have met all other requirements.
  • The pathway for teachers to add additional licenses based on content tests has been expanded to allow:
    • Teachers who hold an Early Adolescence-Adolescence (grades 5-12) regular education license can add another regular education license at the same developmental/grade level by passing a content test.
    • Teachers who hold a Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (grades 1-8) regular education license and have at least four semesters of teaching experience in grades 1 or 2 can add a regular education license at the Early Childhood level (birth to grade 3) by passing the Praxis II Elementary Education Content Knowledge test and the Foundations of Reading Test.
    • Teachers who hold a Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (grades 1-8) regular education license and have at least four semesters of teaching experience in English/language arts or math in grades 7 or 8 can add a license in that subject at the Early Adolescence-Adolescence level by passing a content test.

The rule text can be found at http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/policy-budget/PI%2034%20Emergency%20Rule%20signed.pdf.

The PSC is developing a strategic plan aimed at attracting people to the profession; preparing them for work; and developing, supporting, and retaining them through their careers. Development of the plan began earlier this year by collecting information from school districts regarding existing shortages. That information is being reviewed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and used by the PSC as they develop the strategic plan. Currently the PSC is coordinating efforts to collect information for the strategic plan from educator preparation programs, professional organizations, and educators. Once final, the state superintendent will engage the education community in reviewing the strategic plan and soliciting recommendations for implementation to ensure the quality of Wisconsin’s teaching workforce.

A hearing on the rule is scheduled for 2:30-4:00pm on October 5, 2016, at the DPI's office in Madison.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Two updated Praxis II content tests adopted

Updated Praxis II content tests were adopted for Elementary Education Content Knowledge (5018) and English to Speakers of Other Languages (5362).  The passing scores for the new tests are 157 for the Elementary test and 149 for the ESOL test. DPI will continue to accept passing scores on the old versions of the tests, but they will no longer be available from ETS after August 31, 2016.