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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

PDP Team Refresher Training

The refresher training for current PDP Team members whose certification 6/30/2016 will be completely online.  Our IT team is still working out a few bugs with the self-registration process.  We expect that it should be available in the next two weeks or so.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Peer Review and Mentoring Grant - Update

We apologize that applications and guidelines for the 2015-2016 Peer Review and Mentoring Grant are not yet available.  The grants are going to be one of our state’s strategies for our federally required Teacher Equitable Access Plan (http://esea.dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/esea/pdf/WisconsinEdEquityPlan.pdf), and that plan was only recently approved by the US Department of Education.

We are working on guidelines that meet the needs of both the nine districts identified in that plan and all of the other districts that were not identified.

If you have not already done so, please contact your CESA and/or other school districts to form a consortium.  The rules for the grant can be found in PI 38 (http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/pi/38).

“Being Teacher of the Year is not about me”

So said one of the four educators who was surprised last week with the news they were selected as a 2015-16 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year.

New DPI videos let you see the four honorees’ reactions and hear what they told State Superintendent Tony Evers about what makes them great teachers, and why, despite the many challenges these days, teaching is still a great profession for the right person.

The four videos, shot in the teachers’ schools in Kimberly, Milwaukee, Eau Claire, and Holmen, are available here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhyAMZQdbxJ3Y0yRm4aGR3Ispn4v9mIjD

Please direct any questions or comments about this news item to Tom McCarthy, DPI communications officer, 608-266-3559, thomas.mccarthy@dpi.wi.gov

License Based on Reciprocity

Teachers and administrators who hold a valid license in good standing from another state, have at least one year of experience under that license, and have an offer of employment from a school in Wisconsin can now apply through our License Based on Reciprocity Pathway.  Applicants must submit a PI-1622-LICOOS form signed by the employing district with their application in ELO.  Directions for applying can be found at http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/licensing/elo-reciprocity.

Please note that educators licensed under this pathway are not necessarily considered "Highly Qualified" for the purposes of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Wisconsin's definition of HQ includes passing required content tests (e.g., Praxis II, Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test), which educators are not required to pass for this pathway.  For more information on "Highly Qualified", please see http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/programs/-highly-qualified-teachers.