SARAH W BECK, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, ENGLISH EDUCATION, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
"Terra's consultation throughout my career as a school leader has been absolutely indispensable. As a thought partner on difficult school policy decisions, her clear thinking and her extensive experience working in schools have proven invaluable to me. She is a master at facilitating professional collaboration and engineering opportunities for educators to reflect deeply on their practice. And most importantly, Terra brings to all of her work a deeply optimistic vision for the thoughtful, nurturing, and empowering communities our schools can become."
WALLACE SIMPSON, PRINCIPAL, ESSEX STREET ACADEMY
SAMUEL ROSALDO, DIRECTOR OF REFERRAL, ENROLLMENT, AND TRANSITION, NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DISTRICT 79
"I cannot say enough good things about the Facilitative Leadership Seminar that I took with Terra Lynch, through Metro Learning Communities at New York University! I have been teaching for ten years and have attended numerous professional development sessions. This has been, by far, one of the most rewarding experiences for me! The protocols are simple and clear. They are easily adapted to many environments and audiences; perhaps the most exciting was discovering how well they worked with my students during lessons. "
SANDRA SPAZIANI, SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER, NEW YORK CITY
Susie Kang, Science Teacher, New York City
"One great ingredient of Terra's amazing success as an educational consultant and adult educator is her deep understanding of how to teach kids well--including kids who are very challenging to teach.
When she was still teaching students on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in a cramped classroom piled high with fabulous materials she had collected, New York University sent in a video team to capture the live action.
Knowing how to walk the walk is everyone in successful consulting."
Joseph P McDonald, Professor of Teaching and Learning, New York University
"Terra is a consultant who truly makes an effort to get to know the individuals she is working with, whether it be for an hour or year. She knows how to pose the "right" questions, and is an expert at giving feedback. As a testament to her expert facilitation skills, I not only have become a more confident facilitative leader, but one that actively values multiple perspectives, even at the potential risk of dissidence. I have tried to hone my ability to ask impactful probing questions, and while I know I am not quite as skilled as Terra, her modeling of this practice has surely shaped my own. Bill Gates said, "As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." Terra is this type of leader; she empowers you to lead, and she enables you with the tools to do so."
COURTNEY MCCALL, PROFESSIONAL LEARNING SPECIALIST, CEI-PEA
"I started a new job and was sent to Terra's Facilitative Leadership seminar on my first day. Terra was extraordinary in that she taught me the distinction between facilitating and training. There really is an art to it. By learning these new tools, I transformed all of my Professional Development into something collaborative. Each participant contributes, and we learn from each other. The feedback I receive is consistent: participants prefer not to be lectured, they rather have rich discussions to progress their learning. The difference was facilitation. Terra gave me that gift and it has transformed my career. I am deeply grateful. "
JAMIE LEPOW, DIRECTOR OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION--DISTRICT 79
"With Terra at the helm, our Humanities curriculum team functioned well together, meeting regularly, and working prodigiously. At the time I took for granted how extraordinary it was to work so effectively. Now that I have been teaching for a few years I recognize how challenging peer collaboration is in a high-needs school that lacks tradition and structure for it. Terra facilitated this process, making our curriculum development meetings not only productive, but cathartic and also fun. "