Carolyn Teigland and Carol Quirk | MCIE Partners with School Districts to Promote Inclusion and Equity

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About The Guest(s)

Carolyn is the CEO of the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education (MCIE). She previously served as the Associate Superintendent for Cecil County Public Schools and has extensive experience in promoting inclusive education. 

Carol is one of the founders and former CEO of MCIE, having transitioned to Director of Special Projects in 2023. She has worked closely with school districts in Maryland and other states to promote systems change and school transformation. 


In this episode of Think Inclusive, Tim interviews Carolyn and Carol as they discuss the organization’s history and its partnership with school districts since 1990. They highlight the importance of leadership in sustaining inclusive education and share success stories of students who have thrived in inclusive classrooms. The guests also discuss the challenges and trends in the educational landscape, including the focus on equity and the need for universal design for learning. They emphasize the need for comprehensive professional learning and job-embedded coaching to support educators in implementing inclusive practices. The episode concludes with a discussion on how families and educators can advocate for inclusive education and the future plans of MCIE. Transcript:

Key Takeaways

  1. MCIE has been partnering with school districts since 1990 to promote inclusive education and systems change.
  2. Leadership is key to sustaining inclusive education and creating a school-wide general education initiative.
  3. The success of inclusive education is evident in the positive impact on students’ lives and academic outcomes.
  4. The focus on equity in education provides an opportunity to include children with disabilities in the conversation.
  5. Comprehensive professional learning and job-embedded coaching are essential for implementing universal design for learning.
  6. Families can advocate for inclusive education, but the burden should not solely be placed on them.
  7. Inclusive education benefits all students and leads to improved academic outcomes.


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