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Avis Glaze

Acclaimed International Education Expert

A highly respected leader and mentor to many Ontario educators, Dr. Glaze has worked in several school districts, both rural and urban, and has been a supervisory officer and director of education in both public and catholic school boards. She knows education systems across the world firsthand and has been asked to work with educators in many countries.

Delta, British Columbia, Canada

Presentations

Breaking Barriers: Excellence and Equity for All
Education is the ultimate tool of empowerment. The true measure of equity is how students succeed in school. Equity of outcomes for all students is the goal. An intentional approach to closing achievement gaps allows educators to deliver on the promise of diversity. Ensuring that all students achieve at high levels must be our shared goal.

Student Achievement
All across the globe governments are focusing on improving student learning and achievement. Young people must be educated to a higher level in order to enhance their life chances and if their countries are to remain competitive. Providing education of the highest quality for all students has become a national imperative

International Education
As educators and policymakers strive to improve their education systems, they look elsewhere to learn about and to learn from others. They want to implement the high-impact strategies that are working in other jurisdictions and that are transferrable to their own settings.  They want international comparability in an effort to be on the leading edge of educational practice and thought.

Character & Citizenship Development
Avis Glaze has a passion for character development. She focuses on developing effective character development programs and building communities of character, especially within educational organizations – for teachers, students, principals, and parents.

“Soft Skills” Development
Research in areas such as emotional intelligence and multiple-intelligences highlight the importance of skills such as empathy, respect, constructive confrontation, and other skills that affect interpersonal relationships. Often described as “soft skills” these skills can be taught in order to enhance leadership effectiveness. Glaze shares an array of skills that educators, teachers and/or principals to improve interpersonal dynamics in classrooms, schools, and districts.

  • Principals across Ontario have a deep respect for Avis. She has influenced the provincial direction of education for many years and has been a mentor to many future leaders. Her presentations are in great demand because of her ability to motivate and inspire all of us.


    - Ontario Principals' Council, and Education Leadership Canada
  • Avis Glaze is one of the most unique and powerful voices in character education. Her broad record of experience at the classroom, school, board, and provincial level is unparalleled and when combined with her impressive grace, eloquence, and intelligence produces a valuable and transformative speaker for educators about both the academic and character goals of all education.

    - Professor of Character Education, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Summary Profile

Dr. Avis Glaze has had a distinguished career at the senior levels of education in Ontario.  She has served as Ontario’s Education Commissioner and Senior Adviser to the Minister of Education.  She was Ontario’s first Chief Student Achievement Officer and founding CEO of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, achieving significant student achievement results for Ontario.

A highly respected leader and mentor to many Ontario educators, Dr. Glaze has worked in several school districts, both rural and urban, and has been a supervisory officer and director of education in both public and catholic school boards. She knows education systems across the world firsthand and has been asked to work with educators in many countries.

Dr. Glaze has extensive experience in system and school improvement.  She was sent to South Africa by the Canadian government to assist with education reform and national reconstruction. She has been a classroom teacher, special education teacher, guidance counsellor, administrator and a faculty of education professor. As a tireless advocate for equity of outcomes for all students, she has won numerous awards for her outstanding contribution to education, including the Order of Ontario.