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My PDP Goal is Approved! Now What Do I Do? Jill Prushiek, Guest Writer


Our guest author is Dr. Jill Prushiek, interim associate dean for the college of education and human sciences at UW- Eau Claire. Dr. Prushiek leads our goal approval workshops during the Wisconsin State Music Conference and is a mentor and PDP team trainer for DPI. This article is the second of a series that describes each step of the PI 34 licensure process for license advancement and renewal.

~ Vanissa Murphy, Co-Chair, Mentoring and Professional Development Project

As a third-year music educator you are finally feeling at ease with your position,

your students and the policies and proce- dures of the school district. While search- ing for some sheet music you run across the professional development plan (PDP) that you submitted to a team last year for goal approval. What a relief it was to have your goal approved so that you could con- tinue to focus on your students. Now that you have found your PDP, you realize you are not sure how to proceed. Did you miss a deadline? Were you supposed to submit your “Annual Review” to your team? Are you going to receive a reminder from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) concerning your PDP? To help you with completing your PDP, here are some tips to assist you with the process.

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Step 1: Writing the Annual Review Since you had your goal approved during your second year of teaching, you should have begun working on your plan and are completing the activities that you outlined for yourself. After wrapping up the school year, you should also reflect upon how you have grown as a professional and what positive impact your growth had on student learning. Set aside some time each year of your PDP licensure cycle for a written reflection on the progress of your PDP. If you are completing a three-year plan, your annual review should address both your professional growth and student learning. If you are completing a four- or five-year plan, your annual review can address either professional growth or student learning as long as within the two or three reviews both professional growth and student learning are addressed.

If you have made significant revisions to your objectives and activities, these will need to be addressed in your an- nual reviews. Be specific and explain why these changes were or are necessary. For example, you can explain that you have changed jobs from a grades 6-12 choral position to a grades K-12 choral and general music position. The annual review is the place to describe that you had to delete a particular activity because your new teaching environment does not include the access to necessary technology that you were learning and implementing in your prior position. Be descriptive with your reflection so that the review team can understand how you changed your profes- sional practice, acquired new knowledge or skills and how this growth had an effect on student learning. Remember, a reflec- tion is not a summary but a description of how or why you have grown and had an effect on student learning.


January 2012

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