GREEN BAY – In what marks another feather in the cap for the Institute for Learning Partnership, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has granted first-time, full approval for educator re-licensure through the Accomplished Educator Professional Development Certificate Program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

In a July 1 letter granting approval to the PDC program, State DPI Superintendent Tony Evers noted that this is the only alternate re-licensure program for educators in the state of Wisconsin. This blessing from the DPI leader means the PDC program could expand beyond Northeastern Wisconsin.

“This approval provides credibility to those holding a PDC certificate as well as those currently seeking re-licensure through our PDC program. We are pleased that DPI has recognized the program as a rigorous and worthy alternative for re-licensure in Wisconsin,” said Kim Desotell, Coordinator, PDC Program UW-Green Bay. “Currently, we have 110 educators pursuing professional development and re-licensure through the PDC.”

The DPI approval is for a five-year timeframe and will immediately reinforce existing partnerships with eight area school districts – Sheboygan, Pulaski, Green Bay, De Pere, Manitowoc, Two Rivers, West De Pere and Kiel. It also opens the potential for growth beyond Northeastern Wisconsin.

The PDC is a unique, self-paced, individualized professional development program that is designed to meet a demand from educators and school districts to provide a responsive and practical structure for continuing professional growth and improved student learning.

It was the first professional development program to be endorsed by the Professional Development Academy of the Wisconsin Education Association Council.

There are now more than 240 PDC graduates in the eight partner districts.

The PDC Program is coordinated through the offices of the Institute for Learning Partnership, which is a joint venture between UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Education, local school districts in CESA 7 and CESA 8, and area businesses.

For more information about the PDC contact Kim Desotell at (920) 465-2992; or desotelk@uwgb.edu.