Significant changes proposed to WI state licensure

A DPI-commissioned task force (the Leadership Group on School Staffing Challenges) has proposed significant and sweeping changes to state licensure. Among these changes include the consolidation of licenses into two categories: Grades PK-9 generalist, and Grades 4-12 content specialist.  This move would eliminate a specific license for Early Childhood Education (no coverage for birth-PK) and significantly change the scope of the secondary mathematics education EAA license.

You can read a summary of the recommendations here. There is currently no mechanism for providing feedback to DPI on this matter.  WI AMTE’s voice was represented in letters that have gone forward from UW System institutions with stakes in teacher preparation, and from the Wisconsin Mathematics Council. We encourage WI AMTE members to make their voices heard by emailing Sheila Briggs directly.

Webinar on AMTE Mathematics Teacher Education Standards

Please join us for a webinar to discuss AMTE’s new Mathematics Teacher Preparation Standards on January 4, 2017 at 4pm CST.  AMTE has recently released a draft of standards for mathematics teacher preparation, including information on the knowledge and beliefs that well-prepared beginning teachers need, the experiences that teacher preparation programs should provide, the nature of clinical placements, and how teacher candidates should be assessed.  If you are a faculty member in a teacher education program, a mentor teacher to beginning teachers in the state, or a district that hires beginning teachers from Wisconsin institutions, this webinar is for you!  We will discuss the document and what the implications of these standards are for teacher preparation and professional development in Wisconsin.  Click here to read the AMTE mathematics teacher preparation standards, and register for the webinar at this link.