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Education, Ontario, Jamaica, Student-focussed, York region, Leadership, Order of Ontario

Avis Glaze
The Children Cannot Wait by Roderick Benns

Avis Glaze was recently identified as one of the most inspiring women every educator should know. 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 the founding CEO of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat and Ontario’s Education Commissioner, Glaze has been a persistent voice in the belief that there should be no ‘throw-away kids.’

Recognized for her record of innovations in education, including improved student learning and achievement in Ontario, she initiated system-wide character development programs in schools, communities and workplaces. This award-winning educator has been a steadfast advocate for equity of outcomes for all students. That is why Glaze has always acted with a sense of urgency because, as she often says, “the children cannot wait.”

Glaze was chosen by the Canadian government to assist with education reform in South Africa. She was also invited to work on education reform in New Zealand, and was invited by the Queen of Norway to speak to principals. Most recently, she was appointed as independent advisor to assist in improving education in Scotland. She is in demand as a speaker across the globe, having worked in more than 22 countries and over 30 U.S. states to help maximize impact. She is truly an international leader in the field of education.

Part biography, part chronicle of achievements, this book will reignite passion and commitment to improve teaching, learning, leadership, and organizational effectiveness.

“Avis has deep passion and empathy, but she also has a hell-bent commitment to getting things done. She leads others to lead others, and thus has a multiplicative impact on the well-being of children and youth.”

--Michael Fullan, OC, Professor Emeritus, OISE/University of Toronto, award winning author


“Avis’ can-do spirit and capacity to imagine the possible and then manifest it gives those around her the confidence to think big, take risks and offer their gifts. She is a remarkable leader and one I admire.”

--Lucy West, author, educator and founder of Metamorphosis Teaching Learning Communities


“There are a few instances in a lifetime when we meet an exceptional person who is a genuinely transformational leader...Avis is one of those rare people.”

--Steve Munby, Chief Executive, CfBT Education Trust

United Kingdom

Roderick Benns is a Canadian nationalist and is the author of several books, including Basic Income: How a Canadian Movement Could Change the World and The Legends of Lake on the Mountain: An Early Adventure of John A. Macdonald. He is the founder of Fireside Publishing House, which has captured national media attention for its efforts to increase Canadian historical literacy. He is also the publisher of The Precarious Work Chronicle found at, an emerging news site focused on challenges to Canada’s employment and social policy landscape. Roderick spent nine years as senior writer for the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat and Student Achievement Division. An award-winning author and journalist, he has interviewed former prime ministers of Canada, ministers, and senators, and has written for The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and National Post. Roderick is a sought-after speaker about Canada’s history and its leaders, as well as on Basic Income policy. Learn more at


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