Disability Leadership Institute

The Institute uniquely provides elementary, middle school and high school teachers, school counselors and school nurses with an understanding of the critical intersections between contemporary theory and effective learning and service practices, examining them within the context of disability rights narrative, special education and social theories of marginalization.

By the conclusion of the Institute professionals will expand their knowledge about serving the needs of each individual learner as they explore how to: understand each students most pressing needs, evaluate organizational structures as they apply to the students experience and design methods of practice based on a whole child approach.

Course/Important Information

Course: SPED 601.01
CRN: 3761
Location: Stayer Hall
Meeting Dates: July 22 - 26, 2013

Institute Director

Dr. Thomas Neuville

Dr. Thomas NeuvilleThomas Neuville is an Associate Professor of Education at Millersville University in Millersville, PA. He has more than twenty-five years experience in community and organizational development.

As a consultant he is engaged in strategizing, organizing, and creating values-based organizational systems that thrive in rapidly changing business cultures. Dr. Neuville is the former CEO & President of the Resource Exchange in Colorado Springs, the Denver Independent Living Center, the CASSP Institute in Harrisburg, PA., and the Commonwealth Institute in Harrisburg PA. All organizations are non-profit groups dedicated to excellence in the building of strong communities. Dr. Neuville has worked extensively in the area of organizational and community opportunities for sustainable systems. He also owned and operated socially responsible businesses.

Dr. Neuville holds a Bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and has a Ph.D. in Human Resource and Education from Colorado State University.

Institute Speakers

Theotis W. Braddy

Theotis W. BraddyTheotis W. Braddy graduated from Temple University with a Masters degree in Social Work in 1988. He also attended Edinboro University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. Mr. Braddy currently teaches SPED 330 - Social Discrimination and Oppression of People with Disabilities as an adjunct professor and has taught Social Welfare Policy I & II at the Temple University Harrisburg Campus.

At the early age of 15, he became a person with a disability due to a high school football accident. For over 25 years, Mr. Braddy has advocated on behalf of persons with disabilities. He was hired in 1988 to establish and administer the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania (CILCP). As Executive Director, Mr. Braddy has created an independent living center that has become a strong and growing voice for persons with disabilities.

He serves on a number of boards and committees. He was appointed by the Governor in 1998 to serve as a Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Human Relation Commission . Mr. Braddy works diligently towards ensuring that the Americans with Disabilities Act is fully implemented to allow for full participation of all citizens with disabilities.

In addition to his continued commitment and service as executive director of the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP), Mr. Braddy serves as President of Arms Around Communities, a nonprofit faith-based service ministry of DaySpring Ministries in Middletown, Pennsylvania under the leadership of the Pastor and Founder Rev. Clifford Ashe III. Mr. Braddy is married to Rovenia Braddy and is the father of two children, a daughter, Kimmi Braddy (19) and a son, Theo Braddy II (14).

Elizabeth "Betsy" Neuville

Elizabeth Betsy NeuvilleElizabeth Neuville has served as the Executive Director of The Keystone Institute for well over a decade.  She has over 25 years of experience as a human service worker, administrator, agency director, evaluator, educator and personal advocate. She has extensive experience designing and developing supports for very vulnerable people, and has developed regionally recognized leadership teams, meaningful quality measurements, and extraordinary employee development programs.

She served as the Executive Director of Keystone Human Services of Lancaster for 13 years, where she designed and directed supports for adults and children experiencing developmental disabilities and/or mental disorders. She has assisted over 200 people to leave institutions, and establish themselves as valued and contributing members of their communities. She been involved with the closure of several large institutions, and established the use of person-centered processes to assist people to gain a vision of full, rich, community life. She is currently involved in the development of community services for institutionalized people in Romania, Azerbaijan, and the Republic of Moldova.

Alfie Kohn

Alfie KohnAlfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. The latest of his twelve books are FEEL-BAD EDUCATION...and Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling (2011), THE HOMEWORK MYTH: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing (2006) and UNCONDITIONAL PARENTING: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason (2005). Of his earlier titles, the best known are PUNISHED BY REWARDS: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes (1993), NO CONTEST: The Case Against Competition (1986), and THE SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards" (1999).

Kohn has been described in Time magazine as "perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades [and] test scores." His criticisms of competition and rewards have helped to shape the thinking of educators -- as well as parents and managers -- across the country and abroad. Kohn has been featured on hundreds of TV and radio programs, including the "Today" show and two appearances on "Oprah"; he has been profiled in the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, while his work has been described and debated in many other leading publications.

Kohn lectures widely at universities and to school faculties, parent groups, and corporations. In addition to speaking at staff development seminars and keynoting national education conferences on a regular basis, he conducts workshops for teachers and administrators on various topics. Among them: "Motivation from the Inside Out: Rethinking Rewards, Assessment, and Learning" and "Beyond Bribes and Threats: Realistic Alternatives to Controlling Students' Behavior." The latter corresponds to his book BEYOND DISCIPLINE: From Compliance to Community (ASCD, 1996), which he describes as "a modest attempt to overthrow the entire field of classroom management."

Dr. Oliver Dreon

Dr. Oliver DreonDr. Oliver Dreon is an assistant professor at Millersville University where he teaches Instructional Technology and supervises preservice science teachers. Dr. Dreon also coordinates the Digital Learning Studio, a technology integration and outreach center that serves the Millersville community. Prior to coming to Millersville in 2007, Dr. Dreon taught math, science and gifted classes. He speaks locally and nationally on the integration of technology in classroom settings, the incorporation of 21st Century Skills across the PK-12 curriculum and the ability of Web 2.0 applications to foster collaborative learning communities. He is the co-author of the book Authentic instruction with technology: A Student-centered approach and has published in various journals including the Middle Level Journal and TechTrends.

This institute will include access to webinars from leading industry experts including: