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 new special educators. 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.


membership includes:

6 pre-recorded learning videos

3 live webinars 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]

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


membership year

august 1 – july 31

2023-24 schedule (live and recorded webinars)

aug 15 getting started – planning your schedule, ARDs, and specially designed instruction (live) 12:00pm and 3:00pm CDT 
aug 22
connecting – building relationships with your students, parents, and team
sept 12 collaborating – practical ideas for successfully teaming with your teaching partners
oct 10 making the paperwork matter – aligning your PLAAFPs, IEPs, and specially designed instruction (live) 12:00pm and 3:00pm CDT 
nov 7
managing motivation – supporting student engagement, cooperation, and participation
jan 16 supporting struggling readers – what works in teaching students to understand text across content areas (live) 12:00pm and 3:00pm CDT 
feb 6 supporting struggling mathematicians – what works in building mathematical fluency and problem-solving
mar 26 accessing science and social studies – supporting understanding of vocabulary and visuals across content areas
apr 16 planning ahead – thinking now with next year in mind