Influencing Education Across the Globe

Dr. Avis Glaze has served as Education Advisor to governments such as New Zealand, Ontario and Scotland, and has worked with educators at all levels of education systems in over 50 countries and (USA) states.

“Avis Glaze is one of those outstanding leaders who cares deeply about equity  and social justice, sees the
big picture and is a master at blending moral purpose, political realities and change savvy. Drawing on a

wealth of experience and successes, there are a few educators in the world who can match her leadership
qualities and ability to teach others.” … Professor Michael Fullan, OISE/University of Toronto

The Golden Age of Education

What a privilege it is to be an educator today! We now have access to an extensive knowledge base to help us resolve the seemingly most intractable concerns in our field. We are superbly equipped to use these new insights for further improvement. These are truly exciting times!

I hope you share my optimism for what we will continue to achieve in education.

Avis Glaze

At Edu-quest International, we focus on teaching, learning, leadership, organizational effectiveness and the development of interpersonal competencies. Our mandate is to:

  • Build capacity among educators to improve instructional effectiveness
  • Improve student learning and achievement in all domains
  • Achieve equity and excellence
  • Share research-informed, high impact strategies
  • Focus on a holistic approach – character, career, entrepreneurship and life skills development
  • Address issues related to parent, student and community outreach and engagement
  • Emphasize diversity, human rights and inclusive education practices
  • Ensure that schools serve the needs of all students, regardless of background or socio-economic factors, and
  • Help education systems develop the leadership they need to fulfil their promise of educating all children to the highest possible levels

We challenge minds, engage hearts, inspire will, strengthen skills and achieve results.

We share the lessons we have learned over almost 40 years at all levels of education systems across the globe of what it takes to improve education with a sense of urgency. For us, capacity building must be the essence of any school improvement efforts.

Avis being congratulated by Governer General, Lieutenant Governor, Chief Justice of Ontario.

Avis being congratulated by Governor General Canada,  Lieutenant Governor and Chief Justice of Ontario

The Children Cannot Wait –  A biography of Avis Glaze

Available now at Friesen Press online Bookstore. Coming soon to Amazon, Chapters Indigo, A Different Booklist, and other retailers.

Avis Glaze is one of Canada’s top educators and an international leader in the field of 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.’

Avis Glaze: The Children Cannot Wait, is part biography and part chronicle of achievements. But it is mainly a template for action. Whether you are a teacher, principal, school district leader, policy maker, or anyone who has a stake in education and leadership, the ideas in this book will resonate. Topics include continuous improvement in student achievement and wellbeing, leadership development, equity, social justice and inclusive education, character building, career education, and innovations she has spearheaded. This book will serve to stimulate thinking, encourage reflection, reaffirm current efforts, and inspire future actions.

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“Avis’ can-do spirit and capacity to imagine the possible and then manifest it gives those around her the capacity 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 and Learning Communities

“Avis has deep passion and empathy, but she also 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

“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

18 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know

“Avis Glaze has had an outstanding career in education but her bio speaks for itself:

Dr. Avis Glaze is an international leader in the field of education. As one of Canada’s outstanding educators, she has been recognized for her work in leadership development, student achievement, school and system improvement, character development and equity of outcomes for all students. As Ontario’s first Chief Student Achievement Officer and founding CEO of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, she played a pivotal role in improving student achievement in Ontario schools. Her primary focus in education is on building capacity to ensure that all students achieve, regardless of background factors or personal circumstances. It is her core belief that educators play a fundamental role in sustaining democracy.”  …
Education Week: Excerpt from Article by Peter DeWitt … read full article

Avis - First and only K - 12 Educator to receivei the Order of Ontario for outstanding contribution to education
Avis was the first and only K-12 Educator to receive the Order of Ontario for outstanding contribution to education

Avis and Sandy McDonnell

Avis receives Character Education Award at the CEP Conference in Washington from the late Sandy McDonnell of McDonnell Douglas


Invited by the Queen of Norway to address her awards conference,  then to  a reception at  the Royal Palace,

 Glaze Scholarship Award

Avis with Avis Glaze Scholarship Award winner at the Markham African Caribbean Association (MACA)

Scotland names Dr. Avis Glaze as International Education Adviser

Avis at International Council of Education  Advisers meeting in Scotland  with First Minister,  Nicola Sturgeon

Dr. Avis Glaze has been named as one of ten expert international education advisers for the government of Scotland. Glaze, who once served as Ontario Education Commissioner, also served as Adviser to the Minister of Education in Ontario. She was the Chief Student Achievement Officer of Ontario and the founding CEO of Ontario’s Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat.
… Glaze says she feels privileged to be appointed as an international adviser. “I am honoured,” says Glaze.  “What l like most about Scotland is that … click to read full article

International Council of Education Advisers (ICEA)  Minutes of Meeting August 31 – September 01, 2016

Edu-quest International continues to influence educational discourse and practice through the work of teachers, principals, superintendents, directors of education, policy makers, parents and community members across the globe. Avis has a network of practitioners and knows first-hand education systems worldwide.  Her global reach includes:

Bahamas, The
Cayman Islands


New Zealand

South Africa
Trinidad and Tobago
United States of America

We know what it takes to improve classrooms, schools and school systems. We have done the work. We have been in roles similar to the ones you now hold as leaders at the forefront of systems now being asked to improve education. We have a strong sense of international comparability, having worked with educators in many countries. We understand first-hand the challenges teachers and administrators encounter and we have also experienced the exhilaration one feels when students are successful.

Edu-quest International Inc. builds motivation, inspires confidence, nurtures the will and develops the competencies and commitment necessary to realize the key purposes of education. We are a values-driven consultancy with a positive view of human nature and capabilities. We assist organizations in achieving their desired results.  Certain core beliefs and founding principles form the backdrop against which we work.

It’s all in a day’s work … and play!

Avis in front of packed audience at University of Toronto
Michael Russel, Education Secretary Scotland, presents the Robert Owen Award to Dr. Avis Glaze
Dr. Avis Glaze on cover of Teaching Scotland
Avis Glaze at Glenrothes School, Scotland
Avis with some of the Aviz Glaze Scholarship Award Winners - Markham African Caribbean Associatin (MACA)
Avis receives Distinguished Educator Award, the University of Ottawa
Avis with Mickey Mouse
Avis entertaining visiting educators  at her home
Having a barrel of fun