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
Standard 2 – Educational Psychology
The teacher understands how children with broad ranges of ability learn,
and provides instruction that supports their intellectual, social, and
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
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
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
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.
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