Disability Leadership Institute

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

Summer session II:
Course: SPED 601
CRN: 3761
Location: Stayer MPR, Millersville University Campus
Meeting Dates: June 22 - 26, 2015
Meetings Times: 8:00am - 4:30pm

Institute Director

Dr. Thomas Neuville

Dr. Thomas Neuville

Thomas Neuville is an Associate Professor of Special Education and Disability Studies in the Department of Educational Foundations at Millersville University in Millersville, PA.  He has more than forty years experience in education, community, and organizational development. He is recognized internationally for preserving and archiving the work of Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger in video format. Dr. Neuville’s keynote address, 40 Years of Inclusion in North America, at the International Inclusion Conference at Moscow State University in Moscow Russia, continues to be used internationally.

Dr. Neuville’s current work is centered on designing coherent models of planning and program development within the systems of Education. Specifically he is working with teacher candidates to develop strategies that are founded on social justice and focused on true personalization. He serves as founder and Director of the Career & Life Studies program, an inclusive post-secondary program for students with intellectual disability at Millersville. Dr. Neuville created and serves as advisor for the first approved BA-MDST – Applied Disability Studies at Millersville University.


Justin Reese

Justin Reese is an award winning Social Studies teacher in the School District of Lancaster. Reese has taught at McCaskey High School for the past five years. Reese has been recognized for his innovative approach to education, and is regularly solicited to speak on student motivation, inclusive practices, civic education, as well as classroom engagement at both the state and national level. Reese has won numerous awards including the Ruth Stahl Award for Social Studies, the 2013 Pennsylvania Social Studies Teacher of the Year award, a 2012 Teacher Impact Award, and has been nominated for the National Teacher of the Year, the National History Teacher of the Year, and most recently The National Civil War Teacher of the Year.  Reese has been selected as a C-SPAN fellowship recipient, a Gilder Lehrman Fellowship recipient and a Global Fellows award. In addition to his teaching interests Reese is the head softball coach and senior class advisor at McCaskey. Reese received his undergraduate degree in education from Lock Haven University in 2002 and his graduate degree in at-risk education from Lock Haven in 2007. Reese also holds administrative certification from the University of Scranton. 

Holly Rubick

Holly Rubick currently serves as the Coordinator of Secondary Literacy and Social Studies for the School District of Lancaster.  The major responsibilities of her position include literacy achievement across the secondary level, curriculum development in grades 6-12 for Reading, English, and Social Studies, overseeing the District’s main secondary reading intervention program, professional development, and coordinating District level annual literacy events.  Holly has held positions as an Elementary Principal, Middle School Assistant Principal, Secondary Literacy Coach, Reading Specialist, Middle School Teacher, and Elementary Teacher. Holly earned the following degrees from Shippensburg University: B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education ‘93, M.Ed. in Reading with Reading Specialist Certification ‘06, and K-12 Principal Certification ‘12.  She also holds English 6-12 Certification. Holly’s professional passions include literacy, special education, inclusive practices, poverty and student achievement, educational reform, and professional development. The title of Holly’s presentation is “Undoing Marginalization.”  She is honored to be given the opportunity to speak at Millersville University’s Disability Leadership Institute.

Pam Seetoo

Pam has worked to assist people to live rich, full community lives for over 25 years. Over the course of her life's work, she has assisted people to leave institutions and establish themselves in the communities, supported children and families within foster care and host home programs, provided service leadership, and focused on values-based education and facilitation.

Since 2005, Pam has directed her work toward educating others about the effects of social devaluation of vulnerable populations. She provides many presentations at a variety of SRV and related workshops, leads small group learning, and has been a team leader at Passing events. She develops and organizes an extraordinary employee development program for the Keystone Institute, and serves as a mentor and role model to many others. She has a strong interest in preserving and safeguarding the personal histories of vulnerable people, and has developed workshops around this topic.

Pam has been accredited as an SRV teacher by the North American Social Role Valorization Council.

Theotis W. Braddy

Theotis 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.

At the early age of 15, he became a person with a disability due to a high school football accident. For over 30 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 CEO, Mr. Braddy has created an independent living center that has become a strong and growing voice for persons with disabilities.

Mr. Braddy has taught at Temple University as an Adjunct Professor teaching Social Welfare Policy I & II for students seeking their Masters Degree in Social Work at the Temple University Harrisburg Campus. Mr. Braddy is a current Adjunct Professor at Millersville University teaching courses in Discrimination and Oppression of Persons with Disabilities. Mr. Braddy serves on a number of boards and committees. He has been appointed by three different Governors to serve as a Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Human Relation Commission.  Mr. Braddy was also appointed by Governor Corbett to the PA Statewide Independent Living Council.

Mr. Braddy is married to Rovenia Braddy and is the father of two children, a daughter, Kimmi Braddy and a son, Theo Braddy II.

2015 Schedule

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Credits: All participants will receive 3 graduate credits for the summer institute. 

Tuition/Fees: Institutes are unique 3 credit graduate courses, that highlight renowned experts in the field. Institutes include breakfast and lunch throughout the day, as well as handouts and materials. Books may be required courses, please check with the university bookstore. Millersville University graduate tuition and fees can be found on the bursars page. In addition, a $165 institute fee is required.

Note: If you have not taken any graduate-level course or workshop at Millersville University within the past 5 years, you must complete the online non-degree admission form; this information is necessary to admit you to the university.

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