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.


First Impressions

First Impressions

What are the impressions of someone entering your local school?  What would they see?  How would they feel?  Who would they interact with?  What would the appearance of the school tell them about what goes on within the school? Now, what would you like their first... read more
A Reason to Learn

A Reason to Learn

I was remembering several conversations I had with middle school students in a university campus-based summer program who consistently reminded me, “We learn when there is a reason to learn.” Too often they followed that statement with others that focused on school... read more
Terry Pickeral

Deeper learning, youth engagement & civic development.

Yes, Politics are Local

Yes, Politics are Local

Like many fellow Americans, I am following the 2016 US Presidential campaign national conventions and conversations to determine the implications for our nation.  I am frequently reminded of a civic education initiative we developed at the Education Commission of the... 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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