Wisconsin's Personnel Development System

Wisconsin Personnel Development Model (WPDM)

The Wisconsin Personnel Development System (WPDS) is a dynamic system designed to reform and improve personnel preparation and professional development systems for teachers, principals, administrators, related services personnel, paraprofessionals, early intervention personnel and parents and improve results for children with disabilities. The WPDS will meet this challenge by addressing these three goals:

Goal A: Increase the application of scientifically based practices in identified core content areas through both preservice and in-service professional development for educators and early interventionists in targeted LEAs and communities.
Goal B: Sustain implementation of new knowledge and skills through regional infrastructure that provides and supports ongoing learning utilizing trained mentors, communities of practice and other proven strategies.
Goal C: Increase participation of communities, family members, and youth in the system change process that results in organizations with the capacity to engage, support, and transition children with disabilities birth to 26.

The foundation of our Professional Development System is the Wisconsin Personnel Development Model or WPDM. The WPDM is a research based professional development delivery model that is closely aligned with professional development standards and principles established by the National Staff Development Council. These principles include: quality data driven professional development; targeted student achievement; research-based practices; priority on instructional strategies; collaboration and other follow-up strategies; continuous improvement; meeting the needs of all students; and emphasis on evaluation. The fundamental tenet of the Wisconsin Professional Development System is that data, including student need, will drive decision-making. NOTE: The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction extends their appreciation to The Iowa Department of Education for the permission to adapt and use the Iowa Professional Development Model. Adaptation of the Iowa Professional Development Model and Bev Showers’ work in research based professional development heavily influenced the planning and creating of the WPDS. The WPDS will consistently apply the research based Framework for Professional Development in all professional development activities to insure fidelity and sustainability of implementation.


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For questions about this information, contact Debra Ahrens (608) 266-7987