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Keynote Presenters


Keynote Presenters

NYAR 2022 welcomes keynote presenters Gerry Brooks, Lisa Colbert, Linda Beggs, and Leigh Colburn!

Check out the full conference schedule so you don’t miss their presentations!


Gerry Brooks

Veteran Educator & Public Speaker

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Personal Climate and Culture… It’s Up to You

Gerry uses his videos to develop a strategy for making the workplace a pleasant place where faculty, administrators, and support staff all maintain mutual respect, regardless of personal differences, resulting in more efficient and fulfilled workers. In his virtual presentations, he uses object lessons to make these strategies meaningful. Gerry will share policies that he has incorporated that promote a healthy respectful working relationship even when opinions differ. He will also share ideas that maximize opportunities to get to know staff members and create camaraderie, taking advantage of 15 seconds here and there throughout the day. 


Lisa Colbert

Superior Court Judge, Savannah, GA

Monday, March 7, 2022

What If It Was My Child?

Judge Colbert will explain “the My Child Test” and how it influenced her work with children and families during her tenure at Chatham County Juvenile Court to include her efforts to understand basis child and adolescent brain development and implicit bias in order make impactful decisions. Judge Colbert will also address the importance of self-care for those working with children and families.


Linda Beggs & Leigh Colburn

Co-Founders of The Centergy Project

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

7 Steps to Building Schools and Communities of Hope Through Student Voice, Community Partnerships, and Wraparound Services

What happens when early warning systems point to barriers outside of the school’s control? How do schools address issues of transiency, family changes, poverty, trauma, immigration, addiction, mental, emotional, social, and physical health? Teachers, principals, and more importantly, students, know external factors get in the way of student learning, but don’t know what to do about them. Come hear the authors of the IPPY Gold Medal recipient winner The Wraparound Guide: How to Gather Student Voice, Build Community Partnerships, and Cultivate Hope. Leigh and Linda will break down The Centergy Cycle—a flexible, replicable, and scalable framework for bringing wraparound services into your school. You will receive an overview of how your school and district can leverage community partnerships as well as state and federal ESSER resources to holistically meet the family, social & emotional, and academic needs of your students. By empowering the voice of students and coaching districts on how to provide students and families with integrated and coordinated wraparound services, Leigh Colburn and Linda Beggs of The Centergy Project are helping schools revolutionize student support within the public education system.


March 6 – 9, 2022   |   #NYAR22

Last updated: 3/2/2022