Terry Pickeral

About Terry

Terry Pickeral, has extensive experience in policy development, advocacy, education reform, youth leadership, teaching and learning strategies, education collaborations, evaluation and civic development. His commitment is to ensuring schools create and sustain quality teaching and learning environments for all students to be successful in school and contribute to their communities as active principled citizens.


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When Collaboration Goes South

When Collaboration Goes South

I am an advocate and try to be an effective practitioner of collaboration, especially working with groups in school and education settings.  It is a challenge to collaborate in schools as the organization and the culture, by design, is segmented.   We organize by... read more
Student Engagement: A Developmental Story

Student Engagement: A Developmental Story

During the late 1990s and early 2000s, I was privileged to manage a component of a comprehensive national service-learning initiative Learning In Deed.  Learning In Deed, funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, combined a practice and policy demonstration project,... read more
Exposure vs. Engagement

Exposure vs. Engagement

During a recent conversation with my nephew, a researcher at Colorado State University, I asked him what he would tell current students in the high school he graduated from in Idaho.  His response was “get away and experience the world.” He explained that when he... read more
Terry Pickeral

Deeper learning, youth engagement & civic development.

A Player’s Coach and a Student’s Teacher

A Player’s Coach and a Student’s Teacher

I frequently hear on sports talk shows about the concept of a “players’ coach” implying that such a coach gets the most out of her/his players. It got me to wonder if this concept of a player’s coach can be applied to the type of teacher that gets the most out of... read more

Since the beginning, Terry has provided the support necessary to put Project UNIFY in a position of sustainability and success.  He has been an essential collaborator on the design and implementation framework for our work in schools, and he has guided our progress toward sustainability and ultimate success in integrating a broadened way of engaging schools and youth into our movement.

Betty Edwards, Ed.D.

Chair, National Education Leaders Network, Special Olympics Project UNIFY

Terry is a special human being with a passionate commitment to youth empowerment who has made a great contribution.  I look forward to working with him.

David Osher, Ph.D.

Vice President, Institute Fellow and Senior Advisor, American Institutes of Research

In fact, with your knowledge, leadership and goodwill, It has been an enjoyable experience working with you. I have learned a lot from your sociological perspective on the school community. Moreover, your diplomatic approach to working with eclectic groups of educators, researchers, and project managers, is something to behold.  You are the consummate conference leader.

Gary Siperstein, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, University of Massachusetts Boston

I want to take this opportunity to thank Terry for a fantastic seven years of profoundly satisfying work. It’s impossible to express how much it has meant to me. As I think you all know, Terry has become an invaluable mentor and friend. In his humbleness, he says he is grateful to us, and eager to take what he has learned from us into other areas of interest to him. I can say unequivocally that what I have learned from Terry will stay with me in all I do.

Andrea Cahn

Senior Director, Special Olympics Project UNIFY, Youth Engagement and Activation

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