Establish Long-Term Success for District Visual Impairment Programs

Quality Programs for Students with Visual Impairments (QPVI) is a model process for providing technical assistance to public school districts in the development, improvement, and documentation of programs serving students who are Blind or Visually Impaired (BVI).

QPVI is a nationally used process. MDE-LIO provides oversight of this process in Michigan.

Three Phases of QPVI

QPVI facilitators work with the visually impaired program in intermediate school districts (ISDs) and local school districts for the first two phases over two years. ISDs and districts are set up to sustain the benefits of QPVI for the third phase.

Phase 1: Self-Study

The VI program undertakes an intensive review of its current program and components.

Phase 2: Priorities for Change

The VI program documents strengths and addresses deficits.

Phase 3: Proactive Planning

The VI program staff and administrators maintain quality programming by becoming proactive rather than reactive. Proactive planning fosters growth and development while meeting the changing needs of students. The staff's ongoing efforts sustain the benefits of QPVI.

Benefits of QPVI

  • Create consistency and collaboration among VI program staff.
  • Improve communication among staff, administrators, service agencies, parents, and others.
  • Ensure appropriate staff is used to meet the needs of students in a timely manner.
  • Identify program needs for professional development.
  • Use a "promising practices" approach.