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September 21, 2012
For immediate release

International education leader visits Prince Edward Island

Education and Early Childhood Development

Dr. Avis Glaze, an international leader in education will meet with various groups of educators and parents in Prince Edward Island this week to discuss student achievement, teaching practices and parental engagement, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac.

“Dr. Glaze is a well known and respected educator, and we are pleased that she is able to meet with the leaders in our education system and share her knowledge and experience on building capacity to improve student achievement,” said Minister McIsaac. “It is important for government and educational partners to discuss effective practices and find ways to work together to improve child development and student achievement.”

As Ontario’s 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.

Throughout the week, Dr. Glaze will meet with principals, vice-principals, teachers, department staff, parents and community members.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved in the education system to come together, from principals to parents,” said Pam Montgomery, President of the Home and School Federation of Prince Edward Island. “Dr. Glaze motivates and inspires educators and we’re pleased that parents will be able to participate in these important discussions.”

Dr. Glaze also served as Ontario’s Education Commissioner and Senior Advisor to the Minister of Education. She was Professor in Residence in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. Currently, she is President of Edu-quest International Inc., offering a wide range of educational services across the globe. Her most recent appointment was as advisor to the Minister of Education in New Zealand on national standards.

A public session for parents will be held on Monday, September 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Loyalist Country Inn in Summerside. The session is free of charge and all are welcome to attend.

Media Contact: Laura Steeves
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