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{mosimage}ALBION, Mich. — Distinguished educator Raymond Terrell discusses 'Becoming a Culturally Competent Educator' as Albion College's Education department and Shurmur Education Institute's 2008 Capstone lecturer. The Albion community is warmly invited to hear Terrell's remarks on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the College's Norris Center Towsley Lecture Hall.

"Dr. Terrell has a really strong understanding of how schools can support diverse perspectives," said Education department chair Suellyn Henke, who did graduate study with Terrell. "It's very difficult to change the culture of a school, but he's one of those people who knows how to transform a school environment. He's warm and caring and open and this is a great opportunity for educator and parents to learn from him."

Distinguished Professor in Residence and assistant dean for Research and Diversity at Miami University, Terrell has spent over 40 years teaching, consulting and providing leadership in education. He previously served as a professor and dean in the College of Education at California State University Los Angeles, wrote a diversity manual for the Los Angeles USD, and has conducted diversity training for schools and community agencies nationwide. Terrell co-authored two books, "Culturally Proficient Instruction: A Book for People Who Teach" and "Culturally Proficient Instruction: A Manual for School Leaders."

Albion College's Education Capstone Lecture is held each semester in honor of the department's graduating student teachers, and is free and open to the public. For further information contact Education Department secretary, Mary Weicht, at 517-629-0588 or .