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Lecture: “What Is Inclusive Education”
Should students with disabilities be separated from their neighborhood schools and attend school separately with others “like” them? Or should they be integrated into the same schools where their neighbors and friends attend? In the U.S. several key pieces of legislation – such as IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) – strive to provide children with disabilities the same opportunity for education as those students who do not have a disability and to allow them to become full members of their school community.
Come and learn more about inclusive education, why it is an important and enriching component in schools in America and how it can strengthen the classroom for all students. This lecture will be given by Dr. Carol Quirk, the founder and Executive Director of the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education (MCIE).
Carol Quirk, Ed.D. is a member of the KU SWIFT Center’s Executive Team, Facilitator for SWIFT technical assistance in Maryland, and co-leader of the SWIFT Research and Evaluation Team. Established at KU in 2012, the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Center assists 64 schools across 5 States to implement research-based practices that support a school-wide approach to effectively including all students, especially those with extensive support needs.
Dr. Quirk is also the founder and Executive Director of the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education (MCIE) where she leads professional development and technical assistance related to inclusive school practice.She received her Ed.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Quirk 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 was recognized as the 2012 Distinguished Alumna by Johns Hopkins University and received the Brava! Award in 2013 from SmartCEO, for exemplary leadership.