Carol Quirk

Adjunct Faculty, Special Education
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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 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. She received her Ed.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Connecticut. Previously, she was a Teacher of students with developmental disabilities in Connecticut, a Psychologist in a residential facility in North Carolina, a Technical Assistance Director for early intervention programs in North Carolina, a Consultant to the Philadelphia School System, and the Executive Director of a Baltimore agency providing supported employment services to adults with disabilities. Dr. Quirk 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. She was recognized as the 2012 Distinguished Alumna by Johns Hopkins University and received the Brava! Award in 2013 from SmartCEO, for exemplary leadership. 


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