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.