PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (PDP)
A professional development plan includes:
1. Goals and objectives, which address selected Wisconsin Teacher Standards with a rationale for each goal.
2. Identified activities related to the professional development goals with evidence of application to the classroom or learning community.
3. A timeline for achieving the professional development goals with evidence of annual review of goals and activities.
4. Evidence of collaboration with professional peers and others including the review panel required under par. (c).
5. An assessment plan that specifies indicators of growth and how meeting the goals improved the educator’s professional knowledge and affected student learning.
Successful completion of the professional development plan shall be verified by a majority of the professional development team. Initial educators and professional PDP teams are composed three individuals:
• Professional Development Plan at the Initial Educator License stage must have goals approved and completion verified by a majority of a 3 person team including a peer (teacher), an administrator, and a higher education representative.
• Professional Development Plan at the Professional Educator License stage must have completion verified by a majority of a 3 person team of peers (teachers).
A initial educator license and the professional educator license with stipulations shall be issued for a period of 5 years and is a nonrenewable license unless the individual has not been employed as an educator for at least 2 years within the 5-year period. Obtaining the professional level is done through completion of a professional development plan that demonstrates meeting the competencies outlined by the state for the professional level in library media which include obtaining a masters degree or equivalent in an approved program. Successful completion of the PDP shall be measured at the initiation of the educator no sooner than 3 years but no later than 5 years after the license is granted.
After earning of the professional level license, a professional educator shall complete a professional development plan that demonstrates increased proficiency every five years. For those educators at the professional level before August 31, 2004, renewal of the professional license can be done through 6 semester credits of professional development.
A one-year nonrenewable professional educator license may be issued to an applicant who meets the license requirements under this chapter but who has not met the continuing education requirement for renewal of a professional educator license or to an applicant who meets the license requirements under this chapter but who has not been regularly employed in education for 5 consecutive years immediately preceding application for the license or renewal, upon written request of an employing school district administrator.
PI 34.19: Master educator license: This is an optional license available to those at the professional level who have been in their position for 5 years and have taken and passed the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards assessment for school library media specialists. This is a ten-year license. At some point, the state plans to develop another method of obtaining this license in different licensure areas.

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