Special Education High Needs Teachers PLC

This PLC is very participant-driven and specific topics addressed in the group are guided by the needs and interests of participants.

Topics discussed may include:

  • Challenges faced by Special Education Teachers of High Need populations
  • Examining problems of practice as a group and strategizing potential solutions
  • Remote learning successes and challenges
  • Sharing triumphs in ways that others may take away a new practice or strategy
  • Communication with families
  • Designing a physical space to support in person learning in safe and effective ways
  • Collaboration with other educators
  • Managing and succeeding in remote IEP meetings

2020-2021 School Year

Due to concerns about COVID-19 exposure and the on-going pandemic health crisis, High Need Special Education Teacher PLC meetings will be held remotely using Zoom. We value the in-person experience and will balance this preference with safety concerns. When the public health situation changes, we will work as a group to develop a plan for returning to in-person sessions. 

The first session of the 2020-2021 School Year will be held via Zoom on Monday, October 5, 2020 from 3:30-4:30pm. The following sessions will be the first Monday of each month from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. This is intended to give Teachers of High Need Special Education Students a chance to talk, share ideas in small groups, problem solve and just generally support and cheer each other along.


PDPs can be earned by registering for the school year and completing a demonstration of learning, which will be provided upon request by the facilitator. 

PLC Cancellations

Cancellations will be communicated by the facilitator by email before noon on the day of the meeting. Please check your email before the meeting to confirm that there has not been a cancellation.


Please register online, and the Zoom link for the PLC sessions will be shared by the facilitator. 

All questions about this learning community should be directed to the PLC Facilitator, Sharon Murphy Jones; sjones@collaborative.org.


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    Sharon Jones worked in public school districts for 34 years prior to joining the Collaborative for Educational Services. In June 2016, she concluded nine years of service as Administrator of Special Education in the Pioneer Valley Regional School District.