Classroom instructionProgram Standards and PI 34

The Wisconsin Quality Educator Initiative (PI 34) provides a professional license system based on performance standards as well meaningful coursework and field experiences. To receive your initial license as a teacher, administrator or pupil service professional, you must be proficient on the entry standards of your profession. Your program will share information with you about how these standards are evaluated. One important tool used to assess your performance on the standards is the E-Portfolio.

During your program, you will compile an E-Portfolio that will allow you to share your progress towards meeting the standards. You will start with an E-Portfolio that already has your program standards entered for you. Then, you will be asked to add artifacts (e.g., example plans, work samples from your students, a field evaluation) and write reflections to demonstrate increasing proficiency in your profession. When it is time to begin your E-Portfolio, technical assistance will be available through a “start-up workshop” and other resources.

Programs and Standards

What are the program standards for your particular program? First, each of us has a set of Wisconsin standards to meet. If you plan to be licensed as a teacher, there are 10 Wisconsin Teacher Standards; if your plan is to work as an administrator, there are 7 Wisconsin Administrator Standards; and finally, if your plan is to work in the pupil services area (e.g., School Social Worker, School Counselor, School Psychologist), there are 7 Wisconsin Pupil Service Personnel Standards. UW-Milwaukee has adopted an interpretation of these standards that focuses on our mission of preparing effective and committed urban educators; and thus, our standards are labeled “UWM-WI” standards.

Second, there are “content” standards or standards that are uniquely “linked” to our professions. For example, while math and reading teachers have some common standards, they also have a unique set of disciplinary knowledge and skills that they bring to their teaching. Each licensure program has “Content” or “Linked” standards that are viewed as essential by the specific discipline or national organization.