The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) I'm Determined project focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior. This project facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities, to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer the course rather than remaining the silent passenger.
The I’m Determined project and TTAC at GMU (Region 4) support our educators and their youths with disabilities to be involved in inclusive practices in their school.
Trainings are offered to school division staff (administrators, special and general education teachers, paraprofessionals) and to parents who attend Special Education Advisory Committees (SEACs), Parent Resource Centers (PRCs) and family engagement activities.
Trainings can include but are not limited to:
- How the I'm Determinedtools are integrated with High Leverage Practices to strengthen students’ awareness and self-advocacy
- How to apply the Virginia Tiered Systems of Support (VTSS) through the I'm Determinedtools, support for family engagement/self-advocacy and student voice in our schools.
- How the VDOE Portrait of a Virginia Graduate can be infused with the I'm Determinedresources and initiatives
- How the use of the I'm Determined tools and philosophy can be integrated to enhance inclusive environments in school, at home and in the community.
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For questions or to apply to attend the annual statewide I'm Determined Youth and Parent Summit or the MOVE Summit, please view the I'm Determined website.
To learn more about this VDOE state-directed project and its activities, or to learn more about regional trainings or activities for school personnel or parents:
Diane Loomis, PhD