Educator Dr. Avis Glaze is the recipient of another prestigious honour. She was presented with the inaugural Robert Owen Award while in Scotland last week for the two-day Scottish Learning Event where she was one of the keynote presenters.
Owen was a social reformer and one of the founders of utopian socialism and the co-operative movement.
Michael Russell, the cabinet secretary for education & lifelong learning, presented the award to Dr. Glaze.
“Over the years, I have worked with many Scottish educators and have done many workshops across the country,” said Glaze. “I like Scotland and have always felt welcomed there. The people are kind and considerate and the current government is attuned to equity issues. I admire the thought and effort they are putting into creating a vibrant education system, one that’s responsive to the needs of all children and youth and one that is creating what can be described as 21st century education. From my knowledge of education systems across the world, I can say quite confidently that the Scottish system is excellent and one that’s poised for greatness.”
A former York Region District School Board associate director of education and director of education with the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, Glaze was the province’s first chief student achievement officer and chief executive of the literacy and numeracy secretariat where she played a key role in improving student achievement in the province’s schools prior to becoming Ontario’s Education Commissioner and senior adviser to the Minister of Education.
Three years ago, the New Zealand government appointed her to an independent technical advisory panel to support the implementation of national standards in reading, writing and math.
Glaze is a recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Nipissing University, the University of Windsor and the University of Toronto where she completed Master’s of Education programs in Educational Administration and Guidance & Counselling and a doctorate in Education in six years at the university.