special education ePLC

for special educators new to the profession

What is the Special Education ePLC?

Special educators have a complex job – they serve in multiple roles as teacher, consultant, case manager, and often as supervisor. Due to the steep learning curve, many new special educators report feeling overwhelmed and under supported. And a quarter of them leave within their first three years. First-year special educators who participate in a comprehensive induction program are half as likely to leave the field and report feeling more capable and successful.


This year-long service provides ongoing professional learning as part of your comprehensive induction program for special educators in their first three years of practice. Building confidence and competence, it supports new teachers through a learning community – a space to unpack common challenges, reflect on effective practices, and grow as educators.


NEW this year is a strand of videos designed to support cooperation and participation with students with IEPs. Learn tips, tools, and strategies to manage behavior and create routines and structures that promote student success!


membership includes:

8 pre-recorded learning videos in the instruction and IEP strand

4 pre-recorded videos in the behavior strand

2 live check-ins with Kathy

virtual collaboration opportunities

telephone and email support

video library


pricing by district:

5 or fewer campuses $500

15 or fewer campuses $1,000

49 or fewer campuses $2,000

50 or more campuses $3,500


register now!

questions: [email protected] or [email protected]



special educators who are new to profession or new to special education in resource and/or inclusion settings Grades 3-12


membership year

june 1 – may 31

2024-25 recorded webinars


NEW 4 pre-recorded videos in the behavior strand (beginning fall 2024)

getting started – planning your schedule, ARDs, and specially designed instruction 
connecting – building relationships with your students, parents, and team
collaborating – practical ideas for successfully teaming with your teaching partners
making the paperwork matter – aligning your PLAAFPs, IEPs, and specially designed instruction 
supporting struggling readers – what works in teaching students to read and understand text 
supporting struggling mathematicians – what works in teaching students who struggle with math
accessing science and social studies – supporting understanding of content, vocabulary, and visuals across content areas
planning ahead – thinking now with next year in mind

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–>

Julio Ortiz

Julio Ortiz has been meeting the needs of educators, parents, and students in special education for three decades. With interpersonal skills that complement his professional expertise, Julio offers practical knowledge that empowers people for success – in classrooms, at home, and in the real world. Read more–>