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.


Deeper Experiences Beyond Borders

Deeper Experiences Beyond Borders

Many years ago, I asked a Michigan state legislator to join a national board advocating for increased civic education and enhanced service-learning in schools throughout the nation.  That state legislator, Doug Hart, accepted my invitation and made great contributions... read more
Terry Pickeral

Deeper learning, youth engagement & civic development.

A New Teacher’s Journey

A New Teacher’s Journey

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with a young friend, Maggie Long Lester to learn about her experiences and the path she took to become a teacher.  She is in her first year of teaching science at a local middle school. I have known this young lady since she... read more
Examine and Discover

Examine and Discover

I am pleased to be able to visit schools to better understand how they are organized, what strategies they integrate and the impacts on students.  I have designed or co-designed school-based case study protocols with several major initiatives including the Civic... 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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