Inclusive Education: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday

When you think about “inclusive education” do you think about each and every student in your community? Do you think about each and every adult in your school?


  • Wednesday, 1 & 2 March
    Wednesday, 1 March, 2017 - Thursday, 2 March, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE17INC

Course Information

When you think about “inclusive education” do you think about each and every student in your community? Do you think about each and every adult in your school? Including one student with a disability requires collaboration among regular and special educators; designing an inclusive school requires a collaborative leadership team to look at the school’s organizational structure, the strength of regular education instruction, and roles and relationships of all educators. In this 2-day workshop, Dr. Carol Quirk will set the stage for successfully designing school practices in which ALL educators are successful and ALL students are fully participating members of the school community. Specific strategies for collaboration and co-teaching in a class with diverse learners will be reviewed. Participants will identify their strengths and an area in which they would like to explore further development.


  • Dr Carol Quirk
    Dr. Carol Quirk is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education (MCIE), an organization that has built inclusive education practices in Maryland and several other states since its inception in 1988. Dr. Quirk is dedicated to increasing the capacity of schools to include students who have historically been served in separate settings, and to supporting children and youth with disabilities as welcomed and successful members of their local school community. In the past 5 years, Dr. Quirk has focused her attention on national efforts through her leadership with the SWIFT Center, a national K-8 technical assistance center focused on providing academic and behavioral support for all students, including those with the most extensive needs. She has also worked to promote inclusive education internationally, through workshops in Trinidad and Tobago; training sessions, strategic planning, and family discussions in 4 cities in Russia, and development of a secondary transition planning model for the Dong Nai Province of Viet Nam. Dr. Quirk received her Ed.D. from The Johns Hopkins University, and her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Connecticut. Previously, she was a teacher of students with autism in Connecticut, a psychologist in a residential facility serving adults with developmental disabilities, a technical assistance director for early intervention programs in North Carolina, a consultant to the Philadelphia School System, and the Executive Director of East Baltimore Resources, Inc., providing supported employment services to adults with disabilities. She has extensive experience in planning instruction for students with disabilities, developing positive behavior supports, promoting collaboration among educators, providing quality professional development for general and special educators, and leading strategic planning in school districts to transform specialized services. Dr. Quirk has also served the disability community through her service on the national Board of Directors and as Board President of TASH, and as Board member and Treasurer of ASAN, the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network. She is a graduate of Leadership Maryland, and was named one of the Top 100 Minority Business Entrepreneurs of 2008 for the Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia region. Dr. Quirk was named to President Obama’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2011 and 2012. She was recognized as the 2012 Distinguished Alumna by Johns Hopkins University and received the Brava! Award in 2013 from SmartCEO, for exemplary leadership.



361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia


North Rocks, Sydney, Australia

Sydney is located on Australia’s south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities.

Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city.

North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.


Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre.

Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations.

Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines.

Both stations are wheelchair accessible.


There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus – services to Epping and Macquarie Centre – and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.

Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few

* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre.

Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.


Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).


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