Section 4: Wisconsin Educator Standards
Now is a challenging time to be a teacher. I have more students in my classes, fewer resources, more challenging students, and low staff morale, but because I love my job this motivates me to work harder inside and outside of the classroom. — Linda Jones
Ten Wisconsin Teacher Standards
Standard 1 – Content
The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of the subject matter meaningful for students.
Standard 2 – Educational Psychology
The teacher understands how children with broad ranges of ability learn, and provides instruction that supports their intellectual, social, and personal development.
Standard 3 – Learning Styles
The teacher understands how students differ in their approach to learning and the barriers that impede learning, and can adapt instruction to meet diverse needs of students, including those with disabilities and exceptionalities.
Standard 4 – Teaching and Technology
The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies, including technology, to encourage student’s development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
Standard 5 – Classroom Management
The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
Standard 6 – Communication and Technology
The teacher uses effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques, as well as instructional media and technology, to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
Standard 7 – Lesson Plans
The teacher organizes and plans systematic instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, the students, the community, and curriculum goals.
Standard 8 – Assessment
The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the learner.
Standard 9 – Self-Evaluation
The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his or her choices and actions on students, parents, professionals in the learning community and others, and actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
Standard 10 – Community Relations
The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support student learning and wellbeing, and acts with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
Seven Standards for Pupil Services Development and Licensure
To receive a license in a pupil services category in Wisconsin, an educator shall complete an approved program and demonstrate proficient performance in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions under all of the following standards:
The pupil services professional understands the Ten Wisconsin Teacher Standards.
The pupil services professional understands the complexities of learning and knowledge of comprehensive, coordinated practice strategies that support pupil learning, health, safety, and development.
The pupil services professional has the ability to use research, research methods, and knowledge about issues and trends to improve practice in schools and classrooms.
The pupil services professional understands and represents professional ethics and social behaviors appropriate for school and community.
The pupil services professional understands the organization, development, management, and content of collaborative and mutually supportive pupil services programs within educational settings.
The pupil services professional is able to address comprehensively the wide range of social, emotional, behavioral and physical issues and circumstances which may limit pupils’ abilities to achieve positive learning outcomes through development, implementation and evaluation of system-wide interventions and strategies.
The pupil services professional interacts successfully with pupils, parents, Professional Educators, employers, and community support systems such as juvenile justice, public health, human services and adult education.