The Children Cannot Wait: A Conversation with Dr. Avis Glaze and Amy Coupal

Curriculum Services Canada’s International Advisor, Dr. Avis Glaze, is a woman on a mission – a mission of equity of outcomes for all students. Her passion was evident even as a young girl in Jamaica, where she was driven to teach others to read. She quickly rose through the ranks of education leadership, becoming the founding CEO of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat and Ontario’s Education Commissioner.

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Glaze advocates that there should be no “throw-away kids” – and her international efforts indicate she means anywhere. She was recently appointed as an independent advisor to assist in improving education in Scotland. But her resume boasts extensive international demand, having worked and lectured in more than 22 countries and over 30 U.S. states to maximize educational impact. Her posts include representing the Canadian government to help inform education reform in South Africa, an invitation to work on education reform in New Zealand, and a request by the Queen of Norway to speak to principals. Recently, she was honoured by The Learning Partnership as a Champion of Public Education for her contributions to advancing public education in Canada.

Avis’s tireless efforts demonstrate the urgency she feels and the honesty of her words when she so often says, “the children cannot wait.” Her newly-released book, part biography, part chronicle of achievements, is a must-read for those invested in education, as well as those looking to reignite their passion. Her dedication to improving teaching, learning, leadership, and organizational effectiveness is truly contagious. We were thrilled to sit down with her and talk in-depth about her life’s work and why no child should be left behind.


To learn more about Avis and the work she has done, watch the exclusive interview with Curriculum Service Canada’s CEO, Amy Coupal, here.

To order ‘Avis Glaze: The Children Cannot Wait’, visit Avis Glaze’s website here.

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