What is the Special Education ePLC?

Special educators have a challenging job – they serve in multiple roles as teacher, consultant, case manager, and often as supervisor. And frequently, special educators work in settings in which they have few opportunities to think and learn with other special educators.


Research tells us that special educators who receive professional learning specific to their role are more likely to stay in their positions and have higher job satisfaction.


The year-long Special Education ePLC is designed to give special educators a learning community – a space to unpack common challenges, think together, reflect on current practices, and grow as effective educators.


membership includes:

6 pre-recorded learning videos

3 live webinars with Kathy

virtual collaboration opportunities

telephone and email support

video library


pricing by district:

10 or fewer campuses $1,500

25 or fewer campuses $2,500

26 or more campuses $3,500


register now

questions: info@lead4ward.com

Kathy Clapsaddle

Kathy Clapsaddle has been a champion of special educators for over 20 years. She has used her passion and experience serving pre-service educators and district professionals as the slightly nerdy, yet enthusiastic, special education voice at lead4ward since 2016. Read more–>


special educators who serve students in resource and/or inclusion settings, grades 3-12

membership year

august 1 – july 31

2022-23 special education ePLC schedule

aug 1 getting started – planning your schedule, ARDs, and specially designed instruction (live) 
aug 16 (re)connecting – building relationships with your students, parents, and team
sept 13 collaborating – practical ideas for successful teaming with your teaching partners
oct 18 making the paperwork matter – aligning your PLAAFPs, IEPs, and specially designed instruction (live)
nov 8 managing behavior – supporting student engagement, cooperation, and participation
jan 10 supporting struggling readers – what works in teaching students to understand text across content areas (live)
feb 14 gearing up for STAAR – finding your role in STAAR review and support
mar 21 accessing instruction – supporting understanding of vocabulary and visuals across content areas
apr 11 planning ahead – thinking now with next year in mind