New biography of Avis Glaze traces life from Jamaican roots to her role as Canadian education pioneer

Avis Glaze, who served as director of education for the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board from 2002 to 2004, is the subject of a new biography.

Avis Glaze: The Children Cannot Wait was written by Roderick Benns who worked for Glaze as her senior writer when she left Peterborough to take on a new provincial-level role as chief student achievement officer of Ontario.

Glaze is considered one of Canada’s top educators and an international leader in the field of education. She pioneered character education in Canada and was responsible for several other innovations, all of which are covered in the book. She is particularly known for her work on equity and leadership in education.

From her earliest days in Jamaica, as a young girl who was driven to teach others to read, to her rapid rise through all levels of the school system to become Ontario’s first Chief Student Achievement Officer, Glaze has been a persistent voice in the belief that there should be no ‘throw-away kids.’

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