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Pre-Conference Workshops


NYAR 2022 welcomes our Pre-Conference presenters and their workshops!

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


Define the Lines: Boundaries and Expectations

Struggling between knowing the difference between building trust and maintaining boundaries with your students? In this session, participants will learn how to communicate with care and strength in order to build relationships from a distance. Participants will explore how to create safe spaces, build relationships,  use positive behavioral interventions, and learn how to self-regulate their own emotions when triggered by a student’s disruptive behavior.

Julia Gabor, M.Ed.

kid-grit, Redondo Beach, CA

Jeffrey Jordan, B.A.

kid-grit, Bayonne, NJ


Making the Paradigm Shift: Changing School Climate with a Restorative Discipline Approach

This instructional and experiential workshop presents the tools for implementing a successful restorative discipline model that places the importance of relationships at the heart of the educational experience in order to build healthy school communities, support students and teachers, and address discipline issues. Participants will assess the readiness of their schools for this approach and the action steps they can begin to take to convey and implement Restorative Discipline concepts in ways that ensure necessary buy-in from a variety of stakeholder groups.

Summer Pannell, Ph.D., CAA


Stephen F. Austin State University,
Nacogdoches, TX

Juliann McBrayer, Ed.D.


Georgia Southern University,
Statesboro, GA


Therapeutic Drumming for Community: Using Inclusive African Drumming to Teach Self-Regulation and Social Skill

This dynamic workshop will expose participants to the theory and practice of Youth Villages’ Therapeutic Drumming program. About 25% of the workshop will be didactic as participants discuss the traditional uses of drumming and community in West Africa. This portion of the workshop will also discuss how structured rhythmic activities can specifically work on healing the brain of youth who have grown up with multiple traumas. The other 75% will be experiential as they learn some powerful warm-up activities and a traditional West African rhythm. By the end of the workshop, everyone will be drumming joyfully in the community.

Tom Harris, M.S.


Youth Villages’ Inner Harbour Campus, Douglasville, GA

Tatiana Rolles

Youth Villages’ Inner Harbour Campus, Douglasville, GA

March 6 – 9, 2022   |   #NYAR22

Last updated: 1/10/2022